Renewed focus pays off for successful Sixth Form Students

We are incredibly proud of our Year 13 students. Through the enormous amount of hard work and dedication by our students, their teachers and Sixth Form leaders, particularly over the last six months, almost all have achieved their forecast grades. Many students, particularly those following General Applied courses, have achieved beyond expectation with 82% being awarded Distinction*/Distinction grades which is significantly above national averages. Both A’ level and General Applied results are up on the previous two years. For the first time, the average A’ level grade has hit grade C.

These results should give confidence to our existing students and to the local community.

Students leaving us this year are progressing to some of the country’s most prestigious and competitive universities. 

An impressive 90% of students were accepted onto their first choice universities.  Given the intense competition surrounding university admissions, we are especially proud of our students for their success in achieving their desired destinations.

Among the students celebrating today were:

Jonathan Hodgson, 18 from Stanley, achieved A* grade for his Extended Project, grade A for both A Level History and Geography and B grade for A Level English Literature.  Jonathan has accepted his offer of a place to study International Relations with History at the London School of Economics & Political Science.

Samantha Mattinson, 18 from Stanley, achieved a B grade in A Level Maths, a C grade in A Level Spanish and a Distinction * grade in Level 3 Business.  Samantha has accepted her offer to study BSc (Hons) Mathematics at Newcastle University.

Rebecca Walker, 18 from Lanchester, achieved B grade for both A Level English Language and English Literature and a C grade for A Level Geography.  Rebecca has accepted her offer to study BA (Hons) English Literature at the University of York.

Emma Stacey, 18 from Stanley, achieved Distinction * grades across all her chosen Level 3 subjects and has accepted her unconditional offer to study Sport Science at Durham University.

A number of our high achieving students will be attending “Russell Group” universities.  These comprise of some of the UK’s most prestigious universities.

Mr Kevin Reynolds, Executive Principal, New College Durham Academies Trust said, “I am very proud of North Durham Academy’s students and what they have achieved, for many their rate of progress over the last 6 months has been nothing short of excellent; when they work in partnership with staff it just shows what can be achieved. Having spoken to a number of students this morning I know they are delighted with their results and are excited about the next chapter in their lives.”

Dr Gary Ankers, Director of School and Curriculum, North Durham Academy commented, “All university applications are incredibly competitive, so to have so many students accepted into such high ranking institutions is a fantastic achievement.  It reflects the hard work our students have put into both their studies and wider personal development. This success is also a tribute to the support and guidance provided by our dedicated staff.”

Staff are now preparing for enrolment of next year’s sixth form students to build on this year’s success. Students can enrol on 24th & 25th August 2017.

North Durham Academy will be holding a Sixth Form Open Evening on Monday 25th September at 6.00pm for any Year 11 students who are interested in joining our successful sixth form in September 2018.  To find out more about what NDA16+ has to offer go to

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