Students make the top grade at Albany

Students at Albany Academy were celebrating this morning when they collected their results having completed the new, tougher GCSE exams. 

Students from the Leading Edge school today collected excellent results, including 18 of the very top grades.

In total 11 students achieved at least one of the new top grade 9, equivalent to an A**.

Vinaya Kerai, who was celebrating achieving four grade 9s in English language, literature, history and RE, said “I’m delighted and a little surprised to have done so well. I couldn’t have achieved these results without the support of my teachers and family.”

Vinaya, who is going to A levels in physics and maths with the aim of becoming an architect was joined by Elizabeth Woodcock, who also achieved four grade 9s, in biology, chemistry, physics, maths and an A* in further maths.

Elizabeth, who has competed at national level in swimming, didn’t let her training schedule of swimming 9 times a week interrupt her studies. She said, “I’m ecstatic with my results and I’ll be continuing with my maths and chemistry at A level, I want to go into engineering as a career”. 

Joseph Foster, who was one of three students to gain a grade 9 in English literature and is going on to study law and history at Runshaw College added, “I’m relieved to have done so well. I really wasn’t expecting these results, and I’m so pleased to have done well in all my subjects.”

Headteacher, Peter Mayland, said “Young people today have to deal with so much. We are well aware of the increasing pressures, stresses and strains, that our exam system places on them. As a school we also offer many opportunities and these students especially have made the most of the opportunities they have. They are amazing. I’m incredibly proud of their hard work and am delighted for them that they have already achieved so much.”

Also pictured are Mollie Cable, Sasha Venair, Iona Boardman, and Katie Sixsmith.

Albany Academy is consistently one of the top performing schools in Lancashire for pupil progress. As an Academy convertor and lead school of a multi-academy trust, Albany Academy is well placed to respond to the new educational landscape in England.