Students and staff at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy are celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate in this year’s A levels and BTECs.
Many of the students were over the moon with their results and all have secured their first choice university place. Two students have secured apprenticeships, two students are going into further education and one student is applying to get into the Army.
It was especially good news for Shannon Moloney who changed her course at the start of Year 13 but has done really well and will be starting at Norwich University of the Arts studying illustration in September.
She said:“I started off doing A levels in Year 12 but then at the end of that year I realised that I wanted to focus on art. I spoke with the art teachers and they were really supportive and helped me to change course.”
The 18-year-old got two Distinction * in 90-credit diploma in art and design and a B in A level art. She added: “The teachers and staff put in so much effort to help me. I am so pleased that I have got these grades and I’m looking forward to university.”
Josh Rose is hoping to have secured a place at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge to study Business Management following his outstanding results in his BTEC subjects. He achieved Distinction * in Law, Distinction * in Public Services, Distinction in Business Studies and B in Extended Project.
He said: “I’m really pleased with my results. I’m hoping I can go to university as it will be really good. Long term, I’d like to have a career in property and retail but my brother Sam is looking to go into the construction business and so I could work with him.”
Ed Baker is delighted that he will be able to study his favourite subject of History at Newman University in Birmingham.
Ed, 18, said: “I knew that I could have done better in my history GCSE and I was determined to do an A level in history. I am really pleased that I managed to do it and now am going to university.”
One of the strongest performing subjects was Art and Design, with all students achieving a B or higher at A level and Merit or higher at BTEC.
Xenia Bennett, 18, is one of those who did exceptionally well after achieving two Distinction * and a Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design as well as an A in A level Fine Art. She will be going to Nottingham Trent University to study Fine Art.
“I am really pleased,” said Xenia. “Last year I didn’t even know if I wanted to go to university and now I’m looking forward to it. I’m delighted with my results.”
Scarlett Wakefield also got two Distinction * and a Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design as well as an A in A level Fine Art. She will be going to Nottingham Trent University to study Decorative Arts.
Scarlett, 18, said: “I was nervous about getting my results, I had put pressure on myself but the art teachers were so supportive. I have always wanted to do art and am excited about university. Eventually I’d like to open a shop and sell my artwork.”
Kay Kearton, Director of Sixth Form Studies, “I’m delighted with the results. This was a very resourceful year group with students showing plenty of initiative beyond academic results. A number of students have overcome significant challenges to achieve their potential and in some cases exceeded.”
Dave Smith, Principal at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy, said: “The Art and Design courses have continued their strong pedigree and again produced strong results. Other subjects that have produced good results this year are History and Media Studies. Sport studies and Public Service also did very well.”