A Level results rise at Trinity Academy
Trinity Academy has seen a rise in A Level attainment, while yet another student has secured a place at one of Cambridge University’s most prestigious colleges with a remarkable four A* and one A grade.
Jay Green, from Moorends, will now go on to read the natural sciences at St John’s College – one of the most competitive places in England for science – following his impressive achievement in chemistry, physics, mathematics, further mathematics and the extended project qualification (EPQ).
Jay, who is Trinity’s Head Boy and was also this year’s winner of the school’s ‘outstanding student of the year’ award, is delighted with his achievements, having worked hard to secure a university offer.
“I have to admit that I did better than I expected,” Jay said.
“I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the whole Cambridge experience, including going boating on the Cam!”
Other notable performers in this year’s A Level cohort at Trinity Academy include Jasmine Wood and Leon Chen.
Head Girl Jasmine, of Thorne, gained two A* grades – in mathematics and chemistry – and an A grade in biology, securing her place to study medicine at Edinburgh.
Jasmine marked two other major achievements this academic year, having recently returned from a life-changing voluntary mission to Zambia with the school, and also winning this year’s ‘demonstration of the core values’ award.
“It was such a privilege to be a part of both events,” Jasmine said. “I feel very honoured.”
Leon, from Moorends, will be studying applied medical science at King’s College London thanks to his three A grades, in biology, chemistry and mathematics.
Speaking straight after receiving his results, Leon commented: “I’m absolutely buzzing!
“I honestly didn’t think I’d achieve what I have, and to get a place at King’s College is just amazing.”
It is not just in the traditional academic subjects that Trinity Academy students have excelled. Vocational subjects also saw some excellent results in terms of both attainment and progress for individual students.
Top performers were Sam Potts with a distinction-star, distinction, and two B grades; Lauren Bowater with a distinction-star, distinction, A grade and C grade; and Faith Rayner with a distinction-star and two distinctions.
Principal Jonathan Winch said: “Congratulations to the class of 2019!
“Last year Ofsted rated Trinity’s sixth form as Good; this year’s A Level students have gone one better: despite the introduction of brand new, more demanding, A Levels, results have gone up!
“Jay Green takes our best wishes with him to Cambridge – where he will prove that a Thorne and Moorends student can hold his own with the best in the world!”
Average grades at Trinity have risen from last year, with 43% of students achieving grades A* to B, and a 99% pass rate overall.
This year also saw a record uplift between the rehearsal examinations and the final grades.
40% of the cohort were classed as disadvantaged, and they performed equally well with non-disadvantaged students in terms of the government’s level 3 value-added measure, bucking the national trend.
Amongst the highest achieving subjects were mathematics, technology and business. In vocational subjects, BTEC sport and child development saw the greatest gains compared with national expectations.
Character development linked to top GCSE grades
A Trinity Academy student who embodies the school’s ethos of all-round character development is celebrating after gaining top grades in her GCSEs.
Amy Butler, of Thorne, gained seven grade 9s and three grade 8s – an academic success story to add to a string of accolades earned during her secondary school career. Grade 9 is designed to recognise the very highest performing students in the country.
Amy has been a keen participant in a wide range of extra-curricular events at Trinity over the years, named player of the year for netball and rounders at the school’s annual sports awards; winner of the 100m at sports day two years running; and completing both her silver Duke of Edinburgh award and the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.
Amy has also been recognised in the school’s prestigious prize giving ceremony several times, including an academic award for excellence, and culminating in the honour of being named ‘King of the year’ in last year’s inter-house competition.
Principal Jonathan Winch commented: “We applaud the hard work and focus of all our students, whose results we’re celebrating today.
“Outstanding successes were achieved by Amy, along with several others.
“The young people of Thorne and Moorends have once again proven that character development and academic progress go hand in hand.”
Joining Amy in achieving seven GCSEs at the highest possible grade was Hannah Jackson, who also gained two grade 8s and a grade 7.
Hannah is another Trinity all-rounder, having won a number of awards and having also taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and the Three Peaks challenge.
Continuing the theme of character development being the foundation for success were keen scientists Alice Smith and Taylor Gray (who was unable to collect his results in person) who each gained seven or more A/A* equivalents.
The pair were encouraged to explore a possible career in the sciences after a visit to Sheffield for the GCSE Science Live! event earlier this year saw them inspired by lectures from world-leading experts including professors Lord Robert Winston and Jim Al-Khalili.
This year’s results at Trinity saw a shift in the gender split in some academic subjects, with boys doing better than girls in maths and the sciences for the first time.
Meanwhile, a wide spread of creative and vocational subjects also saw encouraging results, including sports studies, dance, art, drama, religious studies and food & nutrition.
The headline figures at KS4 in 2019 are:
- Progress 8: -0.38
- Attainment 8: 40.7
- Entering EBacc: 42.4% (LA average – 27%)
- Grade 5 of above in English & maths GCSEs: 23.9%
- Staying in education or entering employment: 96% (LA average – 94%)
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 here.