Thorns Collegiate Academy celebrated excellent GCSE results, welcoming Year 11 students back to school in August to mark their well-earned achievements after what can only be described as a challenging and disruptive couple of years for education.
Sitting formal exams for the first time since the pandemic, students displayed relieved yet smiling faces as they opened their envelopes.
The Academy celebrates its highest attainment in public examinations since the introduction of the new-style GCSE and joining Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, with over 90% of students having achieved GCSEs in Maths and English. Over 60% of GSCE entries achieved grade 5 or higher.
In addition to GCSE success, BTEC students also performed exceptionally well in their qualifications, with 24 pupils awarded the top grade – Distinction*.
There were some exceptional individual performances. Mohammed Mashkoor was awarded grade 9s in all nine subjects, with other success stories including Aleena Aziz and Sophie Cox, who achieved two grade 9s in English and English Literature. Sienna Bloomer achieved grade 9 in Art and Design, with Amber Bayliss achieving Distinction* in Performing Arts. Taylor Johnson achieved two grade 9s in Chemistry and Computer Science.
Principal Manny Kelay said: “Achieving GCSEs against the background of the last two years has been particularly challenging. We are extremely proud of our young people, who made every moment count, achieving results which reflect their hard work. We wish them well in their futures.”