A Trinity Academy student who gained a clean sweep of five A* grades in his A-Levels is on course to take up a place at Cambridge University.
Jack Parkinson will fulfil a childhood dream of reading computer science at the prestigious university, whose alumni include the late Professor Stephen Hawking, after his impressive performance in mathematics, further mathematics, computer science, physics and the extended project qualification (EPQ).
After receiving his offer from Cambridge in March, Jack, 18, said: “When I started at Trinity people said I could do it, but I thought I had no chance. I’ve always wanted to go to a leading academy university and really started to work towards it last year.
“I went to summer schools at Oxford and Cambridge and really enjoyed them. They gave me a taste of the way of life there and the people were really down to earth, which I was surprised by.”
Jack, of Moorends, was especially taken with Cambridge University for its facilities and the city.
“After the summer school I decided I really wanted to go there and I’ve been focused on that ever since. I’m really looking forward to being around people who have similar interests to me,” he added.
Jack was joined in his success by fellow students Yong-Wei Guo, Jordan Bull, Bartosz Swedziol and Francesca Middleton in another year of A-Level success at Trinity Academy.
Jordan, 18, of Moorends, gained top academic results whilst playing rugby for the England Under 20s and for Castleford in the National Conference League Division One.
Yong-Wei joined Trinity as a new student in Year 12 with modest English and has gone on to gain an A* in mathematics with A grades in further mathematics, computer science and Chinese.
Bartosz Swedziol and Francesca Middleton, Trinity’s Head Boy and Head Girl, leave to study computer science and pharmacy having achieved six grade As between them.
Most pleasingly, almost all of the students at Trinity Academy are going on to pursue their dream, with courses ranging from mechanical engineering to midwifery, wildlife conservation to forensics, architecture to medical biochemistry.
Executive Principal Jonathan Winch said: “Enabling students to achieve their dream is one of the most deeply satisfying aspects of my role. The fact that the students at Trinity Academy choose such a broad range of interesting and diverse courses is testament to the individualised support and guidance that our sixth form team offers.
“I am delighted for our students, and look forward to their ongoing leadership in a wide range of careers.”
Headline figures – provisional**
- Provisional value-added of -0.04. This is very similar to last year (-0.05).
- 72% of students have progressed to university courses.
- 40% of A level grades are at a B or above.
- Mathematics – 64% A/A*
- English Literature – 50% A/A*
- Extended Project Qualification – 11 students attained an A* grade.
**A level and other level 3 results for 16- to 18-year-olds at the end of their final year (2017-2018) will be published here as soon as the first set of provisional figures are released by the Department for Education in late 2018.
A Trinity Academy student who was encouraged to make an Oxbridge place her goal after taking up extra-curricular opportunities at school has notched up an impressive total of nine grade 9s in her GCSEs.
Olivia Jenkins is celebrating after gaining the highest possible grades in biology, chemistry, English, English literature, French, geography, mathematics, physical education and physics. She also achieved a grade A in Polish and a grade 8 in religious studies.
She was one of a small group of Year 10 and 11 students from Trinity to visit the University of Oxford as part of the academy’s aim of stretching and challenging more able students, alongside improving progress for all levels.
Along with others achieving well in their GCSEs, Olivia is a member of The Brilliant Club, a charity with the mission of widening access for outstanding pupils in non-selective state schools to the UK’s most selective universities.
Among the other top performers were Lydia Pike, Evie Dalton, Alix Young, Lara Anderson, Thomas Graves, Morgan McKenzie Purdham, Rebecca Bell and Ewan Snook, who all gained a total of nine or more A/A* equivalent grades, including new grade 9s, considered to be more challenging than a top pass in the old-style GCSEs.
Keen sportswoman Neve Taylor-Dilks scored highly on the academic side with two 8s, five 7s and two 6s under her belt, despite the demands of her strict training routine as a boxer with the England development team.
She only started boxing seriously three years ago but won the 2017 junior championships in her first year and was fighting the European silver medallist when she was selected for the England discovery pathway.
She trains three or four times a week, but her coach, Jimmy Harrington, at Freedom Boxing Club, at Lindholme, imposed a Friday night gym ban on her until after her GCSEs.
“He said education comes first, but now I’ve got the chance with England I do want to do it to the highest level and go as far as I can,” said Neve.
This year’s results saw a dramatic uplift in overall progress for Trinity Academy. Against the government’s flagship Progress 8 measure, which looks at students’ improvement over their full five years of 11-16 education across eight subjects, the academy recorded dramatic improvements across the board.*
Executive Principal Jonathan Winch said: “Trinity Academy has just taken a leap forward with these GCSE results, achieved against the backdrop of the toughest exam reforms in a generation. Congratulations to the class of 2018: your hard work has paid off!”
Headline figures – provisional**
- Attainment 8 – 42.9. This is an increase from last year (41.8).
- Progress 8 – 0.24. This is a significant increase from last year (-0.58).
- 31% achieved a strong pass (grade 5 or above) in English and Mathematics.
- 56% achieved a standard pass (grade 4 or above) in English and Mathematics.
- 21% of the cohort were entered for the EBacc qualification. To enter the EBacc, pupils must take up to 8 GCSEs or equivalents, across the 5 subject ‘pillars’ of English language and English Literature, Mathematics, Sciences, a language and History or Geography.
- The EBacc APS (average points score) is 3.59.
*Progress 8 figures for 2017/2018 are provisional.
**Statistics on the achievements of young people at the end of key stage 4 in England, in the 2017 to 2018 academic year, will be published here as soon as the first set of provisional figures are released by the Department for Education in late 2018.
A full and comprehensive analysis of the academy’s latest exam results and progress measures, along with a variety of other attainment and assessment data, can be found at:
Please note that the results available at the above location are a year out of date at present and will be updated in late 2018.