Whitehaven Academy Sixth Form students were in a celebratory mood today as they collected their A-level results. The transformational changes made this year under the Bright Tribe Trust and leadership of Mr. Turner as Principal, have resulted in huge improvements in AS and A-level outcomes including a 16% rise in pass grades compared to 2016 with 100% of students gaining an A* – E grade for the first time in the academy’s history. At AS level, the academy has increased its pass rate by 31%, with over 84% of the cohort gaining an A* to E pass.
At subject level, a number of A levels have scored higher than the national average with mathematics increasing its top A* to B grades by 50%, with 100% of candidates gaining A* to B grades.
Individual success stories include Owen Beach who gained an A in maths, a B in biology and C grades in further maths and chemistry and now plans to study biology at the University of Sussex. Student Hannah Thurgood also achieved success with an A in business and A and B in health and social care. She intends to study law and business. Melissa Palmer also achieved highly, gaining an A in art and a B in psychology.
Warren Turner, Principal at Whitehaven Academy commented on the results, “We are delighted to see results at Whitehaven Academy improve by such a significant percentage. For the first time in the history of the school we have a 100% pass rate at A-level, with outstanding results in business studies and maths where all students achieved A* – B grades, putting Whitehaven amongst the best schools in the North West for maths with results well above the national average. Our transformative approach has also been reflected in the AS level results which have seen a massive increase of over 30%.”
Mary McKeeman, Chief Operating Officer at Bright Tribe Trust commented, “It is wonderful to see the hard work and determination from all pupils, staff and the wider Bright tribe trust pay off with the achievement of these excellent results.”
The academy’s transformation was praised in its most recent HMI inspection in May 2017 and these outstanding results represent a further step on the school’s rapid journey to improvement. In September, the academy will be welcoming its biggest intake of Year 7 pupils for over 6 years.