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A Level success celebrated at National Church of England Academy

Students at the National Church of England Academy in Hucknall, part of the Minster Trust for Education (MITRE), were celebrating this morning as they received their A Level results, with a positive overall picture highlighted with individual successes for many students. Their resilience through these challenging times has culminated in an excellent set of outcomes, with 22% of students gaining A*- A grades, 44% gaining A*- B grades, and 70% receiving A* - C. 68% of students who applied to university were accepted to their first choice.

Headteacher Martin Brailsford was present to share in the celebrations and said “What has been most pleasing is just how many of our fantastic students have managed to go to their planned destinations. The hard work and dedication of so many has meant students may move towards a bright future of their choosing. From a performance perspective, it is encouraging that so many key measures have shown improvement for us since 2019. Now students should take the time to reflect on the difficult journey they have had getting to this point and just how well they have done over the last few years. We wish all of our students the very best of luck for the future”.


There have been a number of notable successes from students – top performing students at the academy were Amelia Dobson, who achieved an impressive Distinction* (Law), A* (Psychology), and an A (history), Amelia will be going to study Law at the University of Nottingham and Grace Conidi who also achieved an impressive A* (maths), A (biology) and B (chemistry).


The most improved student was Ishana Melia with A (psychology), A (geography) and B (biology). Her superb progress means that she will be now going to study environmental science at the University of Leicester.


Other great individual successes include Daniel Leonhardt, Daniel Gudgeon and Ben Michael who will now go on to study sport and exercise science, mechanical engineering and drama and English respectively.


Kelly Wall, Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for sixth form, said, “I am incredibly proud of all our students and what they have achieved.  They have shown such resilience during the last few years, proving themselves to be hard working, dedicated and valued members of our school community.  I wish them all the best in their future careers”


Ms Cliffman, head of Hucknall Sixth Form Centre, added, "This year’s Year 13 students have contended with two years of adversity and disruption. Their dedication to their studies and in supporting each other as a learning community throughout this time has been incredible and heart-warming.  It is testament to these talented students that they have been able to achieve such good grades and will now move on to the next exciting phase in their lives.”


Student numbers at Hucknall Sixth Form Centre are growing year-on-year, with the centre having an excellent reputation in the Hucknall community and beyond. Mrs Wall added “We are attracting students from all over Nottinghamshire because of the high standards of teaching, the quality outcomes for all students and our wide range of courses. There is still some limited availability for individuals to join us from September, and hope that these results show how the centre can enable all students to meet their aspirations.”


Chair of Governors, Kirsty Cowley commented “After the difficulties of the past few years these results are a credit to the determination and resilience of our young people and the dedication of our staff. I hope our students are as proud of themselves and their results as we are. We wish them well with all future endeavours and look forward to hearing about the great things that we know they will achieve”.

Amelia Dobson (Successful National C of E academy student 2022)