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Folkestone Academy Folkestone Academy GCSE Successes

Folkestone Academy GCSE Successes

News : 20 August 2020

Students at Folkestone Academy are today celebrating their long-awaited GCSE results, having faced months away from school, a period that they never could have imagined which would see their last year at school curtailed and their exams cancelled.

But their hard work in the run up to lockdown hasn’t been for nothing. Following the Government’s announcement on Monday 17 August, the grades that teachers submitted for each student have now been awarded. Today they have received grades which reflect the effort they put in over the course of their time in education, as judged by their teachers.

Staff and teachers at Folkestone Academy have worked extremely hard to make sure that the grading for every student is fair and allows these students to go onto further education, employment or training – whatever is the best option for them.

This year the following students did particularly well and will go on to pursue a number of exciting post-16 paths:

  • Rosie Dovibua – achieved 9 GCSEs including 8 in Art and Design, 7 in Maths, two 6s in Science. She will progress into the Sixth Form at the Academy to study Psychology, Science and Sociology. Rosie plans to go onto higher education after sixth form.
  • Jack Elliott – After achieving 9 GCSEs including two 7s in Science and 6 in Maths. Jack will be taking up his place at The Army Foundation College in Harrogate where he will undertake initial military training with a view to progressing through the ranks as he gets older. Brad has wanted to join the army for a number of years and was actively involved in the Combined Cadet Force programme that’s delivered at the academy.
  • Tegan Graham-Lund – Tegan has been successful in securing a sporting apprenticeship where he will work with a local company coaching younger pupils in schools and the wider community.

Overall, Folkestone Academy has seen a 7% improvement in their Maths and English combined GCSE results of  Grade 9-4.  As part of Turner Schools, the Academy’s performance, across a wide range of subjects,  is increasing year on year. In GCSE Music and Art, students did particularly well; with 93% and 80% respectively achieving Grade 4 and above.

Since 2018, a new grading system has been in place, with 9 – 1 replacing the old A* – G. Under the new system a Grade 7 equates to an A and 4 reads across to a C. The new grade 9 was designed to reward the very brightest and best students across the country.

At Folkestone Academy, the following students secured the top grades:

  • Tabitha Wheeler 9 qualifications (including 9s in English Literature, Geography and Double Science)
  • Karthik Kumaneswaran 9 qualifications (including two 9s in Maths and Double Science)
  • Samantha Tipler – 9 qualifications (including Distinction* in Health and Social Care and Dance, plus 8s in English Literature, History and Science)
  • George Cooper – 9 qualifications (including Distinction* in Enterprise and ICT and 8 in History)

This also follows on from last weeks’ significant improvement in A-Level and Level 3 BTEC qualifications for the Sixth Form students in 2019. As a result, we have seen a 15% increase in numbers of students heading off to university.

Steven Shaw, Head of Secondary School at Folkestone Academy said:

Folkestone Academy students should be proud of their results, their success is a just reward for the commitment pupils have shown throughout the year. Everyone at the Academy has worked relentlessly to give our students the greatest chance of success”

Seamus Murphy, CEO of Turner Schools said:

“I am delighted that the hard work of pupils and staff has paid off, despite the impact of Covid and concerns around the awarding of grades. I am especially pleased that this year there are more pupils able to access level 3 qualifications than in the past, which is a testament to the commitment of staff to the young people we serve. “