Students at Neale-Wade Academy and Cromwell Community College have plenty of cause for celebration after achieving a strong set of A’level and post-16 results.

This year, particular student successes at Neale Wade Academy included Sasha Armstrong with A* grades in both maths and biology as well as A grades in chemistry and further maths. Caitlyn Baker achieved an A* in both sociology and psychology and a Distinction* in digital media.

Other top performers were Callum Campbell an A and two Distinction*; Ella Mason with an A*, A and Distinction*; Ben Laing with a Distinction and two Distinction*.

Also celebrating today are Emily Jackson with an A and two Bs; Duke Higham with two As and a Dist*; Dan Cave with an A and two Bs; and Josh Hubbard also with an A and two B grades.

Dr Carole Spibey, Head of Sixth Form at Neale-Wade Academy, said: “There is no doubt that the last few years has placed considerable challenge on the education and welfare of students who have just received their A-level and Vocational results.

“This is the first year of actual examinations since 2019 and our students have excelled in gaining better overall results than in 2019 across every grade category and continues the upward trend in achievement of our students at Neale-Wade Academy over the last five years.

Graham Horn, Principal of Neale-Wade Academy, added: “We are immensely proud of everything our students have achieved showcasing the amazing determination and resilience that they have demonstrated which has culminated with these excellent results.

“It makes us immensely proud that as a result of the hard work of both students and staff they can go on to their next steps with confidence and pride. We wish them every success in their future ventures.”

The collective efforts of students and teaching staff for this year’s A-level and Post-16 qualifications at Cromwell Community College have also been praised by the school’s Principal and Head of Sixth Form.

Principal Jane Horn said: “As with all students nationally receiving their results today, we at Cromwell Community College are proud of the achievements of our Sixth Form. 

“The students’ hard work has been recognised after overcoming the challenges we have all faced over recent times.  Particular recognition and thanks should be given to the leadership and staff of Cromwell Sixth Form and I am delighted that everyone at the college demonstrated such determination to succeed even when things were very difficult. 

“I wish our students well as they move into their next phase of education, training or employment.”

The college had 71 per cent of Year 13 students applying to university with more than half of these to a Russell Group university, including Bath University, Warwick University, Newcastle University and Sheffield University.

Students are going on to read a wide and varied range of subjects including Law, Zoology, Maths, Neuroscience, Business and Aerospace Engineering.

Those students who have chosen a non-university route have applied to industries including the Royal Air Force, Finance Apprenticeships, Teaching Assistants and one for an exciting role in the field of Travel and Tourism.

Heather Paul, Head of Sixth Form at Cromwell Community College, which is part of The Active Learning Trust, added: “To pick out individuals in a year when so many had their individual challenges to overcome would be too difficult. 

“We are happy to recognise the successes of all our students and I am so proud of the effort and hard work they have put in over the past two years.  I would like to congratulate them on their results and supporting the college to continue its journey.”

Craig D’Cunha, Acting CEO of The Active Learning Trust, said: “We would like to send huge congratulations to students at Neale-Wade Academy and Cromwell Community College for the results they have achieved.

“I would also like to congratulate our headteachers, teachers and staff who have worked so hard to support our students.

“We are all delighted to see our students celebrating today, and we wish them every success as they progress to their chosen place of study or training. Well done everyone!”