Students celebrate hard-earned results after over two years of covid disruption
Year 13 at Lodge Park Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, were celebrating today after receiving their long-awaited A-Level and Level 3 Vocational results. After having their GCSEs cancelled, this is the first set of formal exams the cohort have experienced, and their first external assessments since they were in Year 6.
After a challenging 27 months, including significant Covid-related absence from school in the past academic year, students were feeling proud and relieved as they opened their envelopes this morning, surrounded by teachers, family and friends.
Amongst the students celebrating at Lodge Park Academy today were Aidan Grant, who has achieved double Distinction * in IT, A* in Maths and Distinction* in Business. Aidan is going to study Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. Aidan said, “I am really pleased and proud of myself. I’m looking forward to university and I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received.”
Celebrating alongside Adian, was Azhar Islam and Andris Kokins. Azhar is off to Birmingham City University to study Business Management after achieving a double Distinction* in IT, a Distinction in Business and a C in History. Adris also achieved a double Distinction* in IT and a Distinction in Business, as well as a B in Geography. Like Aidan, he is going to study Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. Aidan, Azhar and Andris have benefitted hugely from the highly successful vocational qualification in IT led by Head of IT, Andrea Keightey. Mrs Keightey said, “our qualification is excellent because it supports students, beyond university or an apprenticeship, to secure a fulfilling, creative and financially rewarding career in an evolving technological industry. Students love this course, and they excel at it.”
Another proud and celebrating student was Victor Zgircebaba. Victor, whose art work will be on display at Lamport Hall and Corby’s Rooftop Gallery as part of the Northants Open Studios Exhibition in September, achieved an A for Art, a B for English Language & Literature and a Distinction for Business. Victor is going to study Architecture at Anglia Ruskin University and then plans to do a Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Art. Victor said, “The opportunities that have been given to me at Lodge Park Academy to exhibit my work alongside professional artists and to enter national competitions have really increased my confidence. I have been so well taught and supported by my Art teachers; I could not have asked for a better experience. I will definitely stay in touch!”
One Year 13 student who won’t have any trouble staying in touch is Thomas Stokes. Thomas, who achieved a double Distinction* in IT, a Distinction* in Sport and a D in Maths, has secured an apprenticeship with the David Ross Education Trust and will be staying on at Lodge Park Academy as a member of the Data and Exams staff team. Ellis Jacklin, Head of IT and Data for the Trust praised Thomas’ interview saying it was ‘up there as one of the strongest’ which is ‘a testament to Lodge Park Academy.’ Thomas, who was delighted with his results, is really pleased to be joining the staff team and can’t wait to start in September.
Carly Waterman, Principal of Lodge Park Academy, said:
“I want to say a huge thank you to our teachers and school staff for the support they have given students during such a challenging few years. The last year in particular has been tough, but everyone has done their very best. We really do have the greatest team of staff and teachers who always put students first. I also want to say thank you to parents and carers who have supported their young people, and our school, faultlessly through really difficult times.”
Andi York, Head of Sixth Form, said,
“Wherever they go next, whether it is to higher education, apprenticeships, or into the world of work, we know that our students are well prepared for everything that is to come. This is so important to us. I’m really proud that every Year 13 student has secured a place at university, in an apprenticeship or employment. It has been a privilege to watch how these impressive young people have weathered the storms of the past few years and stayed positive and future-focused. That’s what we call #LPAspirit.”
Stuart Burns, Chief Executive at the David Ross Education Trust, said:
“I am so proud of our students and staff and the resilience they have shown throughout the pandemic, which has been a really challenging period for all schools.
“Students and staff have worked so well together, collaborating, adapting, and ultimately achieving their goals.”
Victor Zgircebaba is off to study Architecture
Thomas Stokes has secured an apprenticeship at Lodge Park Academy