Sixth Form Student Success
The Crest Academy Sixth Form has spoken of its pride in their students on A-level results day following an incredibly difficult year. Results show impressive individual successes of students who have obtained sought-after places on their chosen courses at some of the UKs top universities.
Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form, Paul Morgan was delighted to see so many students reach their chosen destinations.“The challenges that schools and academies have faced this year alongside the rest of the country in recent months have been well documented. These of course have been amplified by the challenges that our students have faced in achieving their grades this summer which have been all the greater due to the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
We have been so impressed by the resilience, integrity and dignity of our Year 13 students in the face of considerable adversity, not least the interruption to the rite of passage which should come with summer examinations. We are really pleased that the vast majority of our A Level and Level 3 students have been able to progress to their chosen destination pathways. This reflects their hard work over the two years of their courses, and especially during the difficult past few months. As in every year, some of our students have done better than expected and some have not achieved what they had hoped to. We are working hard with them to look at the options available and to help them take the absolute best decisions.
Many students will now be going on to university to study sought-after courses including Law, Biomedical Science, Classical Civilisation, Zoology and Forensic Science.
Sarah aspires to be an English teacher. She achieved exceptional results in English Literature (B), Sociology (B) and Religious Studies (B). She plans to study English at Kings College London next year.
“My advice for the future students of Crest academy would be make sure you balance study Like any other school, these two years were undoubtedly intense and hard. However, having such supportive teachers at Crest who pushed you to your limits made all possible whilst ensuring we had a good time. One piece of advice I would give would be to build good relationships with your teachers”.
Maryam – who joined The Crest Academy in Year 7, aspires to be a Barrister. She achieved exceptional results in English Literature (B) and History (B). She plans to study English Literature at Queen Mary’s University of London before doing a Law conversation course.
“Studying at Crest taught me the importance of self-empowerment and independence as a tool to overcome academic hurdles. I am grateful for the supportive staff who always made themselves available to help me achieve my grades, and constantly reminded me what I can do. I look forward to embarking a new chapter at Queen Mary University with these skills which I have acquired during my time at the Crest Academy and Sixth form.
Headteacher Cristalina Fernandes expressed her pride in the students: “I’m immensely proud of our Year 13 students. They responded to the national school closures and the cancelling of their A-level examinations with immense maturity and resilience. I would like to thank them for their commitment over the years, both to their studies and to the wider life of the school. They have enhanced school life in countless ways, and we will always remember their magnificent contribution.”
There was particularly outstanding subject based results including 79% of English Literature students achieving grade A*-C with 43% achieving A*-B, and over 50% of RS and Sociology students achieved A* – C grades – a fantastic achievement by all involved.
Hifzah who achieved a grade an B in Psychology, an A in English Literature as well as an A grade in Sociology, is looking forward to taking up a degree in Law next year at City, University of London. On receiving her results, she said:
“My time at the Crest Academy sixth form was amazing. All my subject teachers including sixth form staff have been incredibly supportive throughout the entire process. Alongside my academic achievements through the extracurricular activities I have had the chance to grow as an individual. I am thankful for my teachers that have challenged me to do the best of my ability.”
As well as the individual successes at A Level, Crest Sixth Form’s BTEC students also achieved some outstanding results, but particularly 100% of students achieving a Distinction in Applied Science (Extended Diploma) and 100% of Health and Social Care students achieved Distinction * – Merit grades.
Loubna performed exceptionally well in Applied Science, achieving a triple Distinction*. She aspires to be a Physiotherapist and will be studying Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences at King’s College London. She attributes her success to the faith and belief that The Crest Academy showed in her following disappointing GCSE results.
“In the Sixth Form at Crest you receive so much careers advice and information about university. I found External speakers were particularly interesting and helpful, and once I knew what I wanted to do the school did everything they could to support me.”
Notes to editors:
The Crest Academy is part of E-ACT, a multi-academy trust sponsoring 24 state funded academies.
The academy opened in a brand new state of the art building in 2014, replacing Crest Girls’ Academy, Crest Boys’ Academy and Crest Sixth Form.
The Crest Academy website: crestacademy.e-act.org.uk
E-ACT website: www.e-act.org.uk