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Students’ GCSE achievements celebrated in Sandwell

Yesterday, more than three thousand (3,600) students who live or study in Sandwell received their exam results.

Students from all over the borough have achieved top grades in GCSEs, now graded in numbers with Grade 9 being the highest that can be achieved.

Councillor Joyce Underhill, cabinet member for best start in life, commented on the results. She said:

"There have been some phenomenal GCSE results in Sandwell today.

"I am thrilled to hear about Rabir Begum from Wood Green Academy in Wednesbury who gained Grade 9s in all nine of her GCSEs. Congratulations on an amazing achievement."

"So much hard work goes on within schools from staff and students to make sure young people reach their potential and results day is a time to celebrate achievements.

"For those who haven't quite achieved what they needed or are unsure what to do next, we have a dedicated exam results service with experts from Connexions Sandwell on-hand to offer advice. This service runs every weekday at Sandwell Council House in Oldbury."

Schools and academies have shared their success with Sandwell Council.

Bristnall Hall Academy students were joined by TV cameras from ITV's Good Morning Britain with some students even opening their results live on air.

Among the numerous Bristnall Hall Academy students who are celebrating their success are Ellie Sheward, Callum Esprey, Brayden Birch, Francesca Barker and Lillie-Mae Clewer. These students achieved numerous top grades.

Mr Vince Green, Executive Principal, commented:

“I am delighted to see a record breaking set of GCSE results at Bristnall Hall Academy. We always go into each examination results season expecting students at the academy to make excellent levels of progress. This is testimony to their hard work, and to the dedication of the outstanding team of staff that work there. Congratulations to all of our young people on their achievements."

With more than half of all students achieving a GCSE Grade 4 or above in English and maths, there is cause for smiles and celebration today at Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath.

Overall, 54 per cent of students achieved a Grade 4 or above in both English and maths. High achiever Gursimran Singh got five Grade 9s, Six Grade 8s and a B in further maths.

Dr Lisa Mason, Principal at Ormiston Forge Academy, said:

“We are pleased with the GCSE results this year which show a significant and obvious attainment improvement on our strong results from 2018. We are proud of the achievement of our students and the tremendous effort our teachers have put in."

Students and staff at Oldbury Academy are celebrating an excellent set of results with 66% of students achieved a pass (grade 4-9) in English - an improvement on 2018 results.

Special mention should go to Lara Dallow, who achieved six Grade 9s, one Grade 8, one Grade 7 and a Distinction, Jai Mann who achieved five Grade 9s, one Grade 8 and three Grade 7s and Theo Sims-Woodhouse who achieved three Grade 9s, three Grade 8’s, one Grade 7, one Grade 6 and a Distinction.

Headteacher at Oldbury Academy, Philip Shackleton, said:

“Once again, our students have done themselves, their community and our school proud. These results are a culmination of five years of both hard work, and high quality teaching, and I would also like to recognise the outstanding work of our teachers and support staff. I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Oldbury Academy and these results reflect our ongoing improvement.

Headteacher at Wood Green Academy, James Topham has had many reasons celebrate the achievements of his students at the school in Wednesbury. Top achievers at the school have gained nearly 30 Grade 9s between them including Rabia Begum who got an outstanding nine Grade nines. Other top achievers include Callum Bevan who got two Grade 9s, four Grade 8s and three Grade 7s and Joseph Mason who got three Grade 9s, two Grade 8s and four Grade 7s.

He said:

“We are extremely pleased with this year’s GCSE results and in particular I am delighted with the progress that the students continue to make at Wood Green Academy. I’d like to thank all the students, staff and parents for their hard work over the past five years. Additional congratulations go to Rabia Begum who secured the very highest grade (9) in all of her subjects.”

Students, parents and staff shared in celebrating some excellent results and personal achievements at Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick.

Principal David Irish said,

“We are a truly inclusive school that does support, mentor, nurture, encourage and celebrate every single student. We have fantastic dedication from the students and unwavering belief from staff, which is the perfect recipe for success. I am delighted that the hard work of both staff and students has been rewarded."

Students at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy (WOA) in Wednesbury are celebrating today after receiving another bumper year of GCSE and BTEC results.

The academy is also celebrating some excellent individual achievements. Karina Duggal achieved three Grade 9s, three Grade 7s, two Grade 6s and a Distinction. Oliver Cooper achieved one Grade 9, two Grade 8s, two Grade 7s, a Grade 6, a Grade 5 and a Merit. George Cripps achieved a Grade 9, a Grade 8, a Grade 7, two Grade 6s, a Grade 5, and a merit. Liam Berry achieved two Grade 8s, two Grade 7s, two Grade 6s, one Grade 5 and a Merit.

Leigh Moore, Principal at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy (WOA) said:

“We have seen some absolutely sensational individual performances from our students this year. Words cannot express how proud I am of all of them and the fantastic staff at team WOA who have been integral to achieving today’s results. We wish all our students the very best of luck for their next steps.”

Students, staff and parents at Perryfields High School are celebrating a brilliant set of GCSE results today.

Several students stood out for achieving particular high grades – Joseph Elsdon achieved grade 9s in all three sciences and English with Rumanah Sajawal making the most exceptional levels of progress.

Mr Ian Barton, Headteacher, said:

“The children have done themselves and the school extremely proud this year. Once again, the exams were very challenging so to achieve this well shows the amount of commitment, effort and dedication the students put in to fully preparing themselves for the exam season. This improvement is significant and represents the steady progress the school continues to make.”

Students at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (OSCA) are celebrating with record figures achieved at the school.

A record number of students at the school were awarded top grades, with 31 students getting the highest grade possible. The academy also saw 55 Grade 9s awarded, 34 more than the previous year.

The academy is also celebrating several individual success stories, including Lucy Davis and Fadila Ilmas, who both got seven Grade 9s.

Executive Principal Marie McMahon said:

“These results are demonstrative of the hard work and dedication of all of our students, and we are particularly delighted to see strong improvements made on last year’s figures. We look forward to building on these successes as we continue our school journey.

“We wish the best of luck to our students as they go forward onto the next phase of their education.”

Phoenix Collegiate in West Bromwich is celebrating its best results ever.

Paris Langford was the school's top performing student with seven Grade 9s and one Grade 8.

Mike Smith, Headteacher said:

“I am delighted to see so many of our students celebrating today after gaining some fantastic GCSE grades and fulfilling their potential. For many of them it is the culmination of five years of dedication, determination and hard work.

"I would like to congratulate and thank everyone who has helped contribute to their success.”

Headteacher at Holly Lodge High School, Paul Shone is delighted with the exam results this year, from the best ever A level results to continued success at GCSE, as the school in Smethwick continues to improve.

He said:

“Once again it is pleasing to see so many successful outcomes and real progress made by students this year, with many attaining the top levels. Indeed we have had some spectacular results with students attaining level 9 averages for all their subjects.

"Particular praise should go to Anisa Saddique, Arjun Singh, Navjot Kaur, Adina Omed and Onkar Singh for obtaining some of the best ever results. It has been fantastic to see hundreds of happy smiling faces now set to embark on their next step into post 16 education many of which will be staying on in our own successful Sixth form."

Students at RSA Academy in Tipton who collected their results on Thursday were praised by Principal Patricia Hammond. She said:

"I would like to thank all students, staff and parents for all their hard work and commitment to the academy over the last year to make these results possible. We look forward to welcoming many of our students back in September to the sixth form.

"Some of the top performers at the RSA Academy include Megan Riley who achieved three Grade 9s, three Grade 8s, two Grade 7s and two Distinction*, Cerys Cole who achieved one Grade 9, two Grade 8s, four Grade 7s, two Distinction* and Hannah Morris who achieved one Grade 9, three Grade 8s, two Grade 7s, one Grade 6 and two Distinction*

The Brades Lodge caters for students who experience Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties; as a result during examination time is often difficult.

Headteacher Simon Hobbs is thrilled with this year's results with highlights including Thomas Kirkham getting a Grade 8 English Literature, Grade 5 English Language, Grade 4 Maths, BTEC Level 2 Merit Science, BTEC level 2 Home cooking skills, Level 1 Award PHSE, Entry 3 in Geography, Awaiting BTEC Art.

He said:

"We have taken students to exam stress sessions, working one to one with them to catch up work missed and in one case sit English Literature, a brand new subject for The Brades Lodge. We have a talented and committed staff team that understand the needs of the students and want them to succeed.

"I cannot stress enough how this year has been a huge success for the students at The Brades Lodge."

Staff and students celebrated results at Health Futures UTC. Health Future’s vision is to prepare young people for a future careers in health and social care and science professions.

Highest achievers included Rayyan and Mameh who, between them achieved 12 Grade 9s and 8s. Both will be taking A levels in maths and science and hope to study medicine.

Principal, Ruth Umerah said,

“Our students and staff have worked very hard. There have been significant changes made to the school over the last 18 months; it is great to see the impact of those changes in the outcomes of our students.”

Mark Arnull, Head of School at Q3 Academy Great Barr has congratulated his students and staff. He said:

"We are delighted that so many of our students have done so well with a record number of top grades. The top five highest attainers are all boys and they have an outstanding 26 grade 9s between them with David Cattell, awarded seven grade 9s!

"I want to thank the students, their families and staff for all their hard work. This is an excellent set of results and we wish them all good luck as they continue their education into the Sixth Form and apprenticeships.” –

Cameron Green of Q3 Academy Great Barr achieved Grade 9s and Grade 8s across majority of his subjects and has said he is “feeling amazing”, describing his results at “really top notch”.

Keziah Featherstone, Head of School at Q3 Academy Tipton is pleased at the quick turnaround at the school since taking over last year. She said:

“At Q3 Academy Tipton, we are so proud of all of our students for their tremendous efforts in their external examinations this year.

"Many of our students have achieved grade 9s (the highest possible) in some extremely challenging subjects. Since Q3 Academies Trust took over the former ACE Academy less than a year ago, all efforts have been focused on ensuring Year 11 students secured good GCSEs.

"Although it takes longer than a few months to turn around a school, we can see some real improvements. Students and staff worked tirelessly this year to catch up and deserve to be pleased with all they have achieved in often challenging circumstances. We fully expect to now see rapid improvement each year.” 

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