Sixth form students at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy (OIEA) are celebrating outstanding A-level results today.
The academy – sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust – almost doubled the proportion of entries awarded top grades, with ten per cent achieving an A* or A this year, while 93 per cent of entries achieved A* to E, up from 79 per cent last year.
Principal Dave Smith said: “I would like to congratulate our students – they have worked incredibly hard and fully deserve these results.
“I am immensely proud of all of them for what they have achieved, and also their teachers and families who have supported them brilliantly.
“I am sure our sixth form students will go on to have extremely bright futures.”
Among the individual success stories at Ormiston is Louis Charvill, who during his three years at the sixth form has overcome huge difficulties and grown in confidence with the support of staff and students alike.
Louis joined in Year 12 on a life skills course after finding GCSEs difficult to cope with because of his autism.
After showing a real flair for art, Louis enrolled on an extended Diploma in Art, achieving a Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction, along with an A grade in A-level Art:Graphics. He will now study animation at Derby University.
Artistic Laura Kibble has achieved an A* in Fine Art A-level - a subject she wants to continue to study at university.
She also completed a BTEC extended diploma in Art, achieving a Distinction *, Distinction*, Distinction grade.
Holli Patrick achieved an A* grade in A-level art and design, Distinction*, Distinction* in her 90 Credit art diploma, Distinction* in health and social care and D in A-level sociology.
“Holli also had an extremely positive impact on the sixth form student council where she focused on student support and development of facilities and opportunities for all,” an academy spokesperson commented.
“She has a real passion for student welfare and will be a key member of the students’ union at her chosen university.”
A spokesperson for Ormiston Academies Trust added: “These are fantastic results and a tribute to the hard work and ambition of OIEA’s sixth form students.
“We wish them every success for the future. The results also show the outstanding professionalism of our teaching staff.
“Because of a surplus of post-16 places in the area, and the deficit this has left us, the sixth form is closing, but the OIEA teaching team have continued to give their all for their students.”