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Students full of joy after A-level records tumble

Andy Hume, Chak Kwok and Eddie Mumby were the highest achievers at A-level amongst students at Bourne Academy.  Photo by Joan Baker.

Andy Hume, Chak Kwok and Eddie Mumby were the highest achievers at A-level amongst students at Bourne Academy. Photo by Joan Baker.

Bourne Academy has never known a year like it as A-level students managed to leave with a 99.5 per cent pass rate - the best ever.

About 85 students sat exams in more than 30 subjects during a year where the safety net of re-sits in January was withdrawn.

Just under 60 per cent of students came away with grades of C or above, including Eddie Mumby (18) of Morton who collected four As in English literature, general studies, maths and sociology.

Eddie, who is going on to study politics and sociology at Surrey University, said: “I’m incredibly pleased and also incredibly surprised as I didn’t anticipate doing so well.

“I was quite nervous before getting my results because there’s always a kind of misery where you think you’ve done quite well, but you’re not sure.

“Since I finished school, I’ve been quite busy so there’s not been very much time to fixate on results day.

“My parents are chuffed to bits and we’re going out for a nice meal to celebrate.”

Other success stories from Bourne Academy included Andy Hume (18) who achieved an A* in maths and A grades in chemistry, further maths and physics which have made sure of a place at Imperial College, London, to study computer science.

There was also good news for Chak Kwok (18) who joined the academy as a sixth-former and is going back to Hong Kong to study engineering after getting an A* in further maths and A grades in maths and physics. Headteacher Laurence Reilly said: “I am absolutely delighted with our 99.5 per cent pass rate at A-level which is our best ever result.

“I was expecting the results to go down in a year when more stringent conditions were applied as all students had to sit their examinations in the summer, at the end of their course.

“Our Level 3 BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) were also superb, with 65 per cent at Distinction or Distinction*, the highest possible grades.

“For example, our head boy Jack Spires achieved the top grade of Distinction* in BTEC applied science, music technology and sport.”

Chairman of governors Roger Moore said: “We are very keen to see that, throughout each year, targets are being set, met and that checks are in place to help those students who might be falling by the wayside a little bit.

“These A-level results are the culmination of all the hard work done by students and staff.”

 

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