Mixed results at academies

Sheffield Springs Academy. L-R; Sam Coates, Chris Simpson and Chance Fairhurst
Sheffield Springs Academy. L-R; Sam Coates, Chris Simpson and Chance Fairhurst
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STUDENTS at Sheffield’s first generation of academies achieved mixed GCSE results.

Among early arrivals as Sheffield Park Academy was Naomi Benson, who managed an astonishing 18 qualifications, including six A* grades.

Naomi said: “I’m going off to Hillsborough College to study sport – a BTEC extended diploma. I want to go on to university and become a PE teacher.

“My results are way, way better than I expected – I’m so excited!”

Her friends Shannon Betts and Charlie Connor had also done well, each achieving four A*s, and further As and Bs.

Shannon is going on to do dance, sport and drama, in hopes of becoming a dance teacher.

Charlie will be going on to take A-levels in biology, chemistry and ICT at Park’s sixth form centre.

Daniel Cade, who also took his GCSEs at Sheffield Park, wants to become a vet. He has already done some work with the RSPCA and is heading off to City College to do an NVQ in animal care.

Billy Rowan, whose results included six A to C grade passes, needs to decide by next week if he is going to stay at Sheffield Springs for sixth form, and study drama and dance, or got to Norton College to study public services. He is torn between working towards becoming a performer or a police officer.

He said: “I think I’ve done well, because I thought I had failed my maths and English. I’m really pleased with my C in English, because I failed it in year 10, so was extremely worried about my year 11 results.”

Elle Shaw was all smiles as she said: “I did really well. Everything’s over a B. I did best in business – the equivalent of an A* – and got As for maths.

“I knew I wasn’t going to fail, but didn’t think I’d do as well as I did – I’m really proud!”

She is going on to Hillsborough College and wants to be a journalist.

Aliyah Driver and her mum Lindsey were in floods of happy tears over her results.

Aliyah, who wants to be a social worker, will be doing a BTEC in health and social care at Hillsborough College. She said: “I don’t know what to say, I’m just so chuffed and proud of myself.”

Lindsey said: “I couldn’t stop crying. I knew she was going to do well, because she has studied extremely hard, but it’s better than both of us expected.”

Overall, 85 per cent of students at Sheffield Park achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C.

Principal Maria Nightingale said: “We are greatly encouraged by these results which show that solid progress is being made at the academy. I am delighted for the students who have worked so hard over the past year and thank the staff for their tireless work in helping students achieve these results.”

Over at Sheffield Springs Academy, students were also celebrating good results.

Deborah Green got all A*s, As and Bs. She was thrilled with her distinction for her BTEC in art and design, which is the equivalent of four GCSEs.

She said: “I did better than I expected. I’m very pleased, and a bit relieved as well.”

Nathan Early, who got A to C grades for all of his subjects, achieving 15 GCSEs in total, said: “I’m very happy, I think I did really well.”

He is going on to study English language and literature, business and history, with hopes of becoming an English teacher or journalist.

Chance Fairhurst didn’t do quite as well as he was hoping, but got a distinction in drama, which is what he wants to concentrate on in the future – he will be doing a BTEC at Springs’ sixth form from September.

He said: “I want to teach kids, like a youth worker with drama. I want to help kids develop and pass on what I know.

“The teachers here have been so supportive of me, and I want to do that for other people.”

Principal Jane Miles said: “We are really pleased with the results – congratulations to all our students.

“More students than ever before have secured five A to Cs. We wish them all well for the future, and look forward to seeing them all in sixth form.”

Results were also in at Parkwood Academy, with grades reaching a new high.

Principal Mike Westerdale said: We’re very pleased with the results. Again the best ever.

“Students and staff have worked really hard and richly deserve the success they’ve achieved.

“We’ve had some students do exceptionally well – a number of them got multiple A* and A grades, and we’re delighted that 99 per cent of all students left the academy with at least one qualification, and that over three quarters left with five good GCSEs at grades C and above.”