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'I couldn’t be happier' says head of Sir William Robertson Academy

Students from Sir William Robertson Academy, in Welbourn, are celebrating their GCSE results, with many being awarded grades 9, 8 and 7 across several subjects.

Several pupils have stood out with top performances this year.

Thomas Wilkinson, from Balderton, did exceptionally well, achieving the top grade 9 in biology, chemistry, geography and physics as well as grade 8 in computer science, English language, English literature and French, grade 7 in mathematics and grade 5 in additional mathematics.

Amelia Thompson, from Carlton-le- Moorland, also received fantastic results, achieving grade 9 in history and graphics, grade 8 in English language, English literature, mathematics and art and design, grade 7 in double science and grade 6 in additional mathematics and French.

Aum Keshvala, from Navenby, Thomas Cooknell, from Welbourn, and Peter Wynn-Jones, from Brant Broughton ,were all awarded grade 9 in mathematics, with Aum also achieving grade 9 in biology and Thomas gaining grade 9 in computer science.

Matthew Calder, from Navenby, was awarded grade 9 in computer science, as well as four grade 8s, two grade 6s and two grade 4s.

Francesca Whitelaw, from Witham St Hughs, secured three grade 8s, two grade 7s and three grade 6s and Matthew Warrilow, from Bassingham, achieved four grade 8s, four grade 7s and two grade 6s.

Jenny Chen, from Newark, who achieved A* in GCSE Chinese in 2017 when she was in Year 8, was awarded grade 8 in English language, English literature, history and performing arts, grade 7 in double science, mathematics and sports studies and grade 6 in French.

Leah McLernon, from Barnby in the Willows, and Isabelle Stevenson, from Newark, both secured grade 9 in French, with Isabelle also achieving two grade 7s and 6 grade 6s and Leah gaining two grade 8s, three grade 7s, two grade 6s and A* in the CACHE level 2 award in child development and care.

Talented performer Saffron Simpson, from Newark, who has appeared every school show since joining the academy in 2015, was delighted to receive grade 9 in performing arts.

Most of these students will be joining the academy’s sixth form, which last week celebrated its A-level results and the success of its first Oxbridge student.

Eighty-five of the current GCSE cohort are expected to move into Year 12 to study A-level and BTEC courses, and they will be joined by eight students from other schools in the area in what has been a bumper year for enrolment.

Exams were cancelled for the first time in history this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning that schools were asked to use their professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grades they believed students would have achieved had they sat their exams.

Headteacher Mark Guest said: "I am delighted that the hard work and the ability of each of our students has been properly recognised in this year’s GCSE results and we are looking at record numbers joining our growing sixth form.

"Despite being denied the opportunity to sit their exams, students now have the grades to take them forward to the next stages of their lives - whether employment, or for the majority further study – with real confidence.

"I couldn’t be happier for all of our students and their families – these results were richly deserved.”

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