Academy full of emotion

University Academy Holbeach students with their GCSE results: (from left) -  Charley Futter, Sarah Betts-Dray, Anna Shaw and Samantha Taylor. Photo:  SG230812-113TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
University Academy Holbeach students with their GCSE results: (from left) - Charley Futter, Sarah Betts-Dray, Anna Shaw and Samantha Taylor. Photo: SG230812-113TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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UNIVERSITY Academy Holbeach was full of emotion on GSCE results day as a nervous wait for students came to an end.

More than 100 Year 11 pupils made history as it was the first time results were available under one roof from both Holbeach and Crowland sites.

University Academy Holbeach student Emma Griffin who missed several months of teaching through illness but still achieved good GSCE results. Photo:  SG230812-122TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

University Academy Holbeach student Emma Griffin who missed several months of teaching through illness but still achieved good GSCE results. Photo: SG230812-122TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Seventy three per cent of students achieved at least five passes with A* to C grades, there was a 100 per cent pass rate for English language, 85 per cent in history and 64 per cent in maths.

Academy principal Steve Baragwanath said: “The youngsters have done very well and some pleasing progress was made by them this year.

“There were some really outstanding results, with lots of A*s and As. But we are particularly pleased with the 100 per cent pass rate in English language and thanks must go to all the students, staff and governors.”

Joseph Bowyer (16), from Holbeach, gained two A*s – in art and history – and five Bs.

He plans to study A-level art and history at Stamford College and said: “Over the last couple of weeks, I got really panicky, but my results are better than I expected.

“My parents came with me and hogged my results for a couple of minutes after, but it hasn’t sunk in with me yet.”

Samantha Taylor (16), also from Holbeach, achieved an A*, two Bs and five Cs.

She said: “My parents will be over the moon because they are better than I expected and they know how hard I’ve worked.”

But the most emotional student was Emma Griffin (16) from Holbeach, who achieved two A*s in health and social care and information, communication and technology, along with three Bs.

Emma missed several vital months of revision and mock exams because of illness and she is now staying on at the academy to study for a BTEC in health and social care.

She said: “I thought I’d get really rubbish grades because I wasn’t in classes, so I’m quite happy with my results.”