School News

Students at Eaton Bank Academy are setting their sights firmly on their future destinations following a fantastic set of academic results.  

Headteacher Mr Ed O’Neill said “Eaton Bank Academy are delighted to be celebrating the successes of their Year 13 students.  The school is extremely proud of the way in which they have dealt with a very frustrating time. The class of 2021 has been an absolute delight to work with; they have been fun, committed, determined and incredibly successful. In what has been possibly the most challenging period, they have shown real resilience and understanding of the process that they have been through and adapted to it magnificently.” 

Top performers included outgoing Head Boy Morgan Smith who has fulfilled his ambition to study at Harvard University. Morgan commented “I’m so happy with my results. I am looking forward to the whole experience of studying in America and being at Harvard. I plan to major in Economics and my ambition is to become an entrepreneur and start my own business.” The acceptance rate for Harvard was just 3.4%, with Morgan joining an exclusive group of 34 UK and ROI students at the prestigious University.  

Sam Reynolds also achieved outstanding grades and will be studying Law at Oxford University.  Sam was “exhilarated and relieved” when he opened his results and is excited to continue his studies at Keble College. Sam thanked the Eaton Bank teachers for all their support and guidance, and the help he had received during his university application process.  

Former Head Girl Katie Baker is also celebrating after achieving the grades required to study Occupational therapy at York St John’s University.  Katie commented “I am looking forward to living in a new city and starting my course. I am really happy and glad all the hard work has paid off. I am grateful to the teachers who have supported me throughout my time at Eaton bank Academy”. Reflecting on her time as Head Girl, Katie said “I have loved being Head Girl; it gave me the opportunity to make a difference, be part of the school community and give something back to the school.” 

The Police is the career of choice for Orla Lea who was “over the moon” with her grades and the confirmation of her apprenticeship at Staffordshire University. Orla will be fulfilling a lifelong ambition to be a Police Offer and is looking forward to completing her course and starting her exciting career.  

After securing impressive grades, Ben Lea will also be taking a work based learning route through a higher level apprenticeship. Ben has secured a place on the prestigious Barclays apprenticeship scheme and is looking forward to beginning his career at Barclays whilst studying for a degree.  

Alice Kennedy was delighted with her results and was “happy, relieved and glad the hard work had paid off”. She is looking forward to studying for an Environmental Management Degree at Manchester University, which includes a year out in industry. Alice worked “really hard” for her results and thanked the “helpful and really nice teachers” for their support during her A-Levels. 

Summer Forward Martin is continuing her passion for drama at Aberystwyth Univerity, with the ambition to develop a career in screen writing. Summer thanked the Performing Arts teachers for building her confidence and providing her with amazing opportunities to perform on the stage, including dance shows and the school musicals at Daneside Theatre. A career in the arts also beckons for Tristan Nunes, who will be studying Animation at Staffordshire University. Tristan hope to use his qualification to develop a career in movie animation. 

Head of Year, Jade Podmore commented “Following what has undoubtedly been the most challenging times for education, today is the day our students have all been working so hard towards. They have continuously shown resilience, tenacity and determination and we are incredibly proud of them all. They have been a wonderful year group throughout their time at Eaton Bank and it’s been a pleasure to be the Head of Year of such an ambitious and successful group of young people”  

Ed O’Neill, Headteacher added “Our students should feel extremely proud of their achievements; they really do reflect the hard work that they put into their studies over the past two years.  Despite a fractured year of attendance due to the pandemic, our Year 13 students have developed a very strong work ethic and I am sure they will benefit from this as they go onto further education.  It is also fantastic to see students making the most of apprenticeship opportunities.  We will really miss the class of 2021.  They have been a brilliant part of Eaton Bank Academy and really do reflect the success which runs through the school and is central to our vision for a brilliant education and range of experiences for all students.  We wish them all well for their future endeavours and hope to see them again soon as they join our ranks of highly successful alumni.”