Students at Eaton Bank Academy have been praised for their hard work and determination after the school received an “excellent” set of A-level results, with 40% of students receiving top A* to B grades.
Headteacher Mr Ed O’Neill said “our students have worked exceptionally hard and achieved an excellent set of exam results, with some fantastic individual performances to celebrate. Eaton Bank Academy has a vibrant and successful Sixth Form and we are absolutely delighted with the results the students have achieved”.
Top performers included Alex Smith who achieved three A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will now go to The University of Sheffield to study Medicine. Alex commented “I’m delighted with my grades; the hard work has paid off and I can now look forward to University. The process to apply for medicine was very long and I took part in lots of voluntary work with elderly people and disabled children to support my application. I have been determined to study medicine and now I can’t wait to get the stethoscope around my neck!”
Also celebrating was Izzy Harbisher who secured A, A and B grades and described her results as “fantastic”. Izzy’s next destination is The University of York to study Film and TV Production. Izzy commented “I want a career in TV production, so I am delighted with my grades and can’t wait to start university life in York and take the first steps in my new career.”
A career in the police force beckons for Amy Johnston who will be studying Policing and Criminal Investigation at Staffordshire University. Amy has already been a police cadet for a year and, inspired by her dad’s police career, has been determined to fulfil her ambition of joining the police force. Amy said “I have worked really hard for my results. My time in the Sixth Form was really great; the teachers were really supportive of my career ambitions and have been a great help to me.”
Outgoing head boy Tom Baker was “very, very, very happy!” to confirm his place at Sheffield Hallam University studying Product Design. However, before Tom continues his studies, he will be taking an exciting year out travelling in Australia and Asia where he hopes to experience life and work in new cultures.
Former Head Girl Lucy Barrow was also delighted with her results in Sociology, History and English Language and has already embarked on her Project Management apprenticeship at Barclays. Looking back on her time at Eaton Bank, Lucy stated “I have loved my time at Eaton Bank Academy; the school has provided me with so many opportunities including being Head Girl, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have developed my leadership. presentation and people skills, all of which helped me secure my apprenticeship”.
Another student taking the work based training route is Dom Axford who achieved top A, B, B grades in Economics, Maths and Physics. Dom is working for Chamberlain as an Apprentice Transport Planner and is “loving working in industry, getting real world experience and getting paid!”.
Charlotte Lees was “shocked, but really pleased” with her B, B and C grades and is looking forward to starting her Commercial Supply Chain Apprenticeship at Astra Zeneca, with qualifications in International Trade. Charlotte worked “really hard” for her results and thanked the teachers for their help, motivation and support.
After securing an impressive A* in Maths, along with B grades in Further Maths, Physics and EPQ, Adam Claridge will be studying Mathematics at The University of Sheffield. Adam commented “I am looking forward to studying the subject I really enjoy; I love problem solving and the complexity of maths and would eventually like to study for a PHD.”
Teaching is the career of choice for George Wilson after achieving his A, B and C grades. George is going to study Geography and History at Keele University, before hopefully embarking on teacher training. George is looking forward to “living independently in halls and learning to cook!”
Reflecting on the results, Mr O’Neill commented “This year’s students have worked incredibly hard and we are immensely proud of their individual achievements. It is wonderful to see the hard work and determination from all pupils and staff pay off with these excellent results. Many of the students have been with us for seven years and they have made a huge contribution to our school community. Whether our students are going on to university, further training or employment, we wish them every happiness and further success for the future”.