Hard work and resilience pays off for students

Students at North Durham Academy have performed well across a wide range of GCSE subjects. Following the National changes to English and Mathematics examinations, 45% of students attained good passes in both, with an overall grade across all subjects of a grade C or equivalent. Specifically, 64% of students are walking away with a pass in English at Grade 4+ and 49% do so in Mathematics.

Behind these statistics are countless stories of success, sometimes against all the odds. Many students will be celebrating today having made enormous progress, particularly over the last six months with many attending extra revision sessions before, during and after school hours. The governors and staff are very proud of the resilience and hard work of this year group.

Among the students celebrating today were:

Alyshia Conroy, 16 from Stanley, achieved a Grade 9 in English and Grade 8 in Maths and 8 A*-A Grades across her other subjects.  Alyshia plans to accept her offer of a place to study at Consett Academy Sixth Form.

Jessyca Bronsveld, 16 from Stanley, achieved a Grade 9 in English and Grade 7 in Maths and 9 A*-A Grades across her other subjects.  Jessyca plans to accept her offer of a place to study at Newcastle College. 

Matthew Lovett, 16 from Stanley, achieved a Grade 7 in English and Grade 9 in Maths and 9 A*-A Grades across his other subjects.  Matthew plans to accept his offer of a place to study at St. Bedes Sixth Form.

Dr Ankers, Director of School and Curriculum, North Durham Academy commented: “The students should be very proud of their efforts against the backdrop of significant turbulence around new GCSE’s and grading systems in English and Maths. These new qualifications are undoubtedly more challenging than their predecessors were. In spite of this, there have been some exceptional achievements for individual students and I would like to congratulate them for their hard work and dedication to their studies. It is also important to acknowledge the contribution of our staff team who have worked diligently to prepare the students for the summer exams. Best wishes go to all of our Year 11 leavers for the next phase of their education – wherever that may be.”

Mr Reynolds, Executive Principal, New College Durham Academies Trust said: “This has been a particularly tough year for the students, having to come to terms with the challenging new courses in English and Mathematics. Students have worked incredibly hard to gain the success they deserve. Once again, I would like to thank the staff and parents for their encouragement and support over the year. I look forward to welcoming many of our young people back into the Sixth Form, however, regardless of destination I wish them every success wherever they choose to go.”

Staff are enrolling students into the Sixth Form on 24th & 25th August 2017.

North Durham Academy Sixth Form will be holding an 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 www.northdurhamacademy.co.uk/NDA16+

North Durham Academy will be holding Year 6 Open Evening on Wednesday 20th September.  This showcase event offers parents and students the opportunity to meet key members of staff, and to see what opportunities North Durham Academy offers all students. www.northdurhamacademy.co.uk

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