A News story by Ellena Schuster-Farrell 16 August 2018

There have been scenes of joy and celebration across the trust today as E-ACT sixth formers up and down the country received their key stage 5 results.

Fantastic achievements

The average point score for A levels across the trust has increased this year from 21.7 to 23.2 (D+). Almost half of the A level grades awarded to E-ACT students are A*-C, with about a quarter at A*-B.

E-ACT students are increasingly opting to take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a largely self-directed and self-motivated project not unlike a university dissertation. It’s great news then that more than half of the students who took an EPQ this year have achieved an A*-C grade.

E-ACT students taking applied general qualifications also have much to celebrate, with many awarded distinctions in a wide-variety of subjects. At Shenley Academy for example, eight incredibly talented students managed to achieve an amazing D*D*D* in sport science, helped by the academy’s strong partnership with Birmingham City Football Club Community Trust.

“I was really shocked when I opened the envelope…”

We’ve had a busy afternoon catching up with ecstatic (and relieved!) sixth form students after they had opened their A level results. Find out how some of our talented students performed and where they’re off to…

An A* for Laila

Laila Mafemba has made a real impression during her time at North Birmingham Academy, having wowed her teachers and classmates with her TEDex Youth talk in Year 12 and later receiving an offer to study Theology and Religion at Oxford University in Year 13. Today, Laila again made her academy proud with an amazing A* in sociology and B grades in English literature and religious studies. Laila is waiting to find out whether she will go on to study Theology and Religion at Oxford University or the University of Liverpool – either way, she is “excited for whatever is coming next.” In the meantime, she’s enjoying a celebratory meal at Nando’s with all of her friends!

Eden’s last minute change of heart

Eden Halla-Gough, a student at The Parker E-ACT Academy, could hardly believe her eyes when she saw straight B grades in geography, psychology and English literature, having mentally prepared herself for the worst in the lead up to results day. Although she received three unconditional offers to study psychology at university, Eden had a last minute change of heart, rewriting her personal statement in less than a day so that she could apply to study something geography related. She is now off to study Environmental Sciences and International Development at the University of East Anglia, where she looks forward to “gaining independence and meeting new people.”

An unconditional offer for Ahmed

The Crest was today incredibly proud of student Ahmed Jaf, who achieved Merits in both his BTEC Business and BTEC Applied Science as well as an A in his Arabic A level. Ahmed has an unconditional offer from Middlesex University to study Economics, a subject he thinks is “really cool”. His advice to E-ACT students starting their A levels this year is to set aside an hour every day to revise…sounds like good advice indeed…

Neibh had no need to worry

North Birmingham Academy’s Neibh Austin spent her results day morning listening to music to calm her nerves, but with As in English Literature and Biology and a B in Psychology, it looks like she didn’t need to worry! Neibh puts her success down to support from her English teacher Miss Walsh, as well as her tried and tested revision technique of drawing pictures next to her notes. Neibh leaves NBA to study Biology at Aston University, and she is “nervous but excited” to be leaving home to live in halls.

Lewis is off to Lincoln

The Parker’s Lewis Morton was thrilled to receive even better grades than he had hoped for, achieving an A in sociology and B grades in psychology and English literature. He even managed to surpass the entry requirements to study Law at his first choice, Lincoln University, but will be sticking with his decision as he “fell in love with the university” during a visit. Lewis worked incredibly hard through Year 12 and 13, using four weeks of his summer holiday to teach himself some of the content that he would be covering in his second year. According to Lewis, the support he received from teachers at The Parker was instrumental in his success, as they boosted his confidence and helped him to believe in himself.

Well done all…

Many E-ACT students today leave their academies for the last time as they depart for exciting university and apprenticeship opportunities. We wish them all the very best, and we look forward to catching up with them over the years as they progress in their careers.