Churchill Academy celebrates best A-level results in half a decade
PUBLISHED: 12:22 16 August 2018
Churchill Academy and Sixth Form is toasting its best A-level results in five years today (Thursday), as students’ hard work came to fruition.
Grades were up on last year, with four out of five papers graded A*-C, as the youngsters bid farewell to the school for the final time before continuing their studies at university or heading into the world of work.
The average grade was a B, with 27 per cent of entries reaching A*-A standard.
Headteacher Chris Hildrew was ‘thrilled’ by his pupils’ achievements.
He said: “The school has done really well; these are the best results for several years.
“We are so proud of this group of students, who have worked hard throughout their time at Churchill to achieve this well-deserved success.”
“We’ve got students into Oxford and Cambridge and people doing medicine or dentistry and I’m really thrilled.”
Hanna Whydle was one of the school’s star pupils, achieving A*s in biology, chemistry and maths – earning her a place at Bristol University to study medicine.
She said: “I’m really relieved to get in, the past couple have days have been a bit stressful and I was scared, but I didn’t expect to do this well.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work, but I’m really sad to leave Churchill.”
Lauryn Maine bagged two A*s and an A grade after a sleepless night.
She said: “I was so nervous this morning, I woke up at like 4am and couldn’t sleep but I got what I needed for uni so I’m relieved.
“I’m going to the University of Warwick to study politics and international studies – I’d love to be prime minister.”
Another student delighted by the contents of their envelope was Anuj Gupta, who will study medicine at Newcastle University after achieving two A*s and two As.
He said: “I was fine until last night and then the nerves hit me. I was a bit sleepless, but it turned out better than I thought it would and I’m so relieved.
“I was too nervous to plan any celebrations, but I’ll make it up as I go along.”
Mr Hildrew is confident the school can continue to improve thanks to upgrades to facilities across the campus including top-quality science laboratories which will open in January.
He added: “It’s great to play a part in helping students progress, and I think the headline grades don’t show their individual stories, the difficulties they’ve overcome and the challenges they’ve faced.
“The stress of A-levels is huge and to see what they’ve come through to achieve those grades makes it really worthwhile, so I’m really happy and it’s great to see the students smiling and relieved.”