GCSEs 2016: The Thomas Alleyne Academy
Staff and students at Stevenage’s Thomas Alleyne Academy are once again celebrating as year 11 students receive their GCSE results.
Under the rigorous new progress measures introduced this year, Thomas Alleyne students exceeded expectations with half of students getting grades A*-C in both English and mathematics.
Mark Lewis, Head Teacher, said that “These results confirm Ofsted’s judgement that we are a good school that continues to rapidly improve. We have delivered against the new progress measures introduced by this government and our results have improved significantly against last year’s performance.”
Among the most notable performances were Nicole Brown and Daniel Zeng who both achieved 7 grades A*-A. Nicole said: “I’m so happy and relieved that I got good results – five years of hard work has really paid off. I’d like to thank all of my teachers at Thomas Alleynes – they helped me a lot and definitely believed in me. The support and quality of teaching has been fantastic, it has all contributed to me getting these results and I feel so grateful to the school for that.”
Sarah Cuffe and Akhila Shaji were also celebrating as they achieved 6 grades A*-A, along with Darren Darby who achieved 5 grades A*-A. Sarah said: “I was absolutely terrified last night about receiving my results, but they’ve gone really well – better than expected. I’d like to eventually go on to do veterinary science at university, so these grades have set me up well to get there.
“I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Thomas Alleynes, it’s been amazing, I’ve made so many friends here and have great memories from the past five years.”
Mark Lewis added: “We would like to extend our congratulations to all our students. These results reflect the hard work and dedication of our students, and the support they received from their parents and our staff. We look forward to continuing to work with our students as they progress onto the excellent post-16 A-Level, vocational and apprenticeship programmes delivered through our wider partnership with North Hertfordshire College.”
Thomas Alleyne Academy celebrates record A-level results and bucks the national trend
Students at the Thomas Alleyne Academy are celebrating record A-level results today and reaping the rewards of all their hard work and careful revision.
There is additional cause to celebrate because 100% of Thomas Alleyne students who applied to university have got into their first choice of course.
Julie Lewis, head of sixth form said: “With an A-level pass rate of 98% we are delighted and proud to say that all of our students who have applied to university or higher apprenticeships have secured places of their choice. The AS-level pass rate has increased to 93% this academic year and we are looking forward to welcoming our students into year 13. We are particularly proud of the higher grades our A-level students have achieved, which have improved by over 25% this year - at a time when the national trend over the last three years has remained fairly static.”
Notable high achievers are Jacob Miller, who has accepted a place at the University of Essex to study politics, he commented on his time at the Academy: “At every point I’ve been given great support and guidance. At first I didn’t know what I wanted to do – I didn’t have a goal in mind. I was given the space and support to figure out what interested me, and once I had figured it out I had more motivation to do well. That really helped me to achieve these grades – an A, a B and a C.
“I’m also really grateful for the help I received when applying for university. The teachers here took me through my options, helped me to identify the most suitable university and guided me through the application process and writing my personal statement. Going to university to study politics has now become reality – I can’t wait.”
Reflecting on his time at the Academy Graham Picket, who held the post of head boy in 2015, noted that: “Everything from the teaching to the extracurricular activities have been excellent at Thomas Alleyne. My role as head boy and working with student parliament helped me to gain confidence, which in turn strengthened my academic ability.
“I’ve been through a lot and had numerous setbacks, but I’m pleased to say that I got two As and a C, and I got accepted into my first-choice university – Leicester. I had to wait until today to plan the rest of my life, so now I can actually develop my ambitions for the future.”
Mark Lewis, Headteacher, said: “We are delighted with our students’ results. We have seen huge improvements in our sixth form provision which has been the result of excellent teaching, dedicated students and our innovative study skills programme which aims to enhance a range of skills designed to develop independent thinking and problem solving.
“On this happy day, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our students on their outstanding success and to thank them for their commitment to our community and the work they have done for younger students in helping others to aim high and succeed.”
Over the past months Thomas Alleyne’s has had 16 Year 5 students attend to complete a CREST Award in Science. The students; 8 from St Nich-las and 8 from Woolenwick Primary Schools have done 3 full days of secondary style education completing their Bronze CREST Award. All the students were a credit to their school and thoroughly enjoyed their time here. Each one stated how they were really excited to move to secondary school, to be able to do more Science!
The days included activities such as calculating the calories in different types of food (by burning it), testing food for each type of nutrient, concocted some homemade red cabbage indicator to test pH, researched and investigated pollution and CO2 production and finally used a host of different methods to measure fitness. All students also produced posters, written plans for investigations and graphs of their work; we were amazed at the skills they showed. This shows how hard they work, how they value their education and the hard work they do week in week out in their schools. On each of the days we tried to ensure that the students did something exciting, fun and along an overall theme, but the emphasis of the Award was around the relevance of Science to our everyday lives. Everything we did tied into the Curriculum at KS2 and 3, so all students had some knowledge of the concepts we were covering. It was wonderful to see how they already enjoyed and had an interest in Science, but were also keen to learn something new.
The last day of the three was used to hand out the certificates to the students and present them with their prizes; Ms Wellings kindly provided each school with an explosion Science set that they could take back to their schools. This will hopefully enthuse their classmates to take part in more Science outside the classroom, because as we all know it is amazing and should be celebrated.
Over 250,000 pupils from across the UK sat the Junior Maths challenge with roughly the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, the next 13% silver and the next 21% bronze.
Our winners are:
Jago Foord and John Madgin are also invited to sit a follow-on competition, the Junior Kangaroo.
Congratulations to all the winners.
24th June 2016
On Friday 24th June TAA held it's annual Sports Day down at Ridlins Athletics Stadium. All students had selected one run, throw and jump prior to the event to participate in. We were fortunate with the weather and all students seemed to have a great day. The house athletics competition on the day was won by Darwin with a total of 1926 points. Congratulations to everyone who participated on the day.
22nd June 2016
On Wednesday 22nd June A Level students visited Stevenage Magistrates’ Court. The visit embedded learning in the first year of A Level Law and helped under-pin the modules students have covered. Please see be-low an extract of the letter the students wrote to the court clerk thanking them for this invaluable opportunity:
We would like to thank you for the opportunity afforded to us today to attend court and listen to cases heard by Magistrates and District Judges. We found the experience enlightening as we have been studying the theoretical aspects including cases normally heard in Magistrates’ Court, such as ‘summary offences’ and also the more serious offences of burglary and drug related offences. Observing the practice at the Court today enabled us to observe Court Etiquette and look at the role of Court Personnel. We found the visit inspiring and it has definitely encouraged our ambition to pursue a career in law.”
21st June 2016
On Tuesday 21st June we welcomed Corporal Vivienne Mwamba and Corporal Elvis Annor from the Armed Forces, Adjutant General Cor AGC. The AGC are the Army’s Business, HR and Finance Specialists. In the workshops delivered by the AGC, students practised their team work, leadership, management and problem solving skills. The Corporals divided students in-to groups where each group was allocated a specific task and they had to appoint a Senior Commandant. The SC was required to split his ‘patrol team’ in to sub-divisions. Each division had to memorise a certain section of a map which was shown to them for 90 seconds. The ‘soldiers’ would have to negotiate the terrain on land during a ‘night patrol’ so it was important to memorise landmarks, roads and camps. All teams were extremely observant and paid great attention to detail. The winning teams were awarded prizes and it was a great morning of collaboration and competitive-ness. The result of the exercise was very close and all teams performed extremely well in the timed tasks and observation tests. The proficiencies learnt in the morning’s session will enhance students’ confidence, resilience and perseverance and are all skills that they will require at university and beyond.
17th June 2016
On Friday 17th June Franklin house held their annual charity day. Lunch time was filled with activities and stalls galore around the school run by enthusiastic students. Ice creams and lollies sold in their masses, whilst other students paid to see their teachers being ‘pied in the face’. Other activities involved a raffle and a penalty shoot-out. The weather just about held up for a very successful event raising over £400 for our nominated charity. Well done Franklin house!
13th June 2016
On Monday 13th June the Year 9 Cricket team played a home fixture against John Henry Newman (JHN). In cloudy, damp conditions both teams were keen to bowl first, unfortunately JHN won the toss and elected us to bat first. Tom Vits (43 not out) and Maxwell Imina (4) started the innings strongly followed up by Rudy Clifton (16) Jacob Grundy (3) and Sam Bridgman (10 not out) with 17 extras giving TAA a healthy total of 93 to defend.
TAA took a while to get in to the bowling however, the four attack bowlers of Sam Bridgman (1 wicket for 20 runs), James Murray (1 wicket for 25 runs), Tom Vits (3 wickets for 11 runs) and Rudy Clifton (1 wicket for 16 runs) came good at the end of the game keeping JHN to a total of 77 of their 16 overs and TAA keeping their winning streak going. Well done Year 9’s, keep it up!