Students at The Holgate Academy, part of the Diverse Academies Trust, were celebrating this morning as they received their A Level results at the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre.

The hard work and dedication of students paid off with the academy seeing strong improvements in the number of top-level grades (A*-B) awarded and an incredible 100% pass rate overall. There have been further positive results across the board with academic attainment rising across both A Level and applied (vocational and BTEC) subjects – enabling Holgate students to progress onto a variety of university courses and apprenticeships, as well as into employment.

Top performing students include Jacob Alvey, who achieved impressive results scoring two A* and two A grades and will now go on to study maths at the University of Birmingham. Jacob said: “I’m pretty chuffed and with these results may look into other destinations now!”

Other top performing students included Lauren Leivers, who gained an A* and three B grades, and is excitedly looking forward to going to the University of Lincoln to study forensic psychology.

Further success came for Ben Bonser who received two As and a B grade and will now head to Durham University to study natural sciences.

Also celebrating were students Shania Brady-Johnson (Distinction*, Distinction, B and C) – who has secured a place on a police apprenticeship – and Susie Redmile (Distinction*, two Distinctions, B). Susie says: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Hucknall Sixth Form Centre and I’m looking forward to the next step. I will be going to Nottingham Trent University to study film production technology and can’t wait to get started!”

Mr Matthew Pennington, principal at The Holgate Academy said: “We are delighted with another year of excellent results and which represent a significant year on year rise in outcomes for the academy. This is a real positive reflection of the consistent and significant development of our post-16 provision over the last four years. Over this period, a combination of the breadth of courses available at Hucknall Sixth Form Centre coupled with a specific focus on destination-based motivation (beyond post-16), have both helped to raise academic standards.

“This is a hugely important day for all our young people and recognition of all their exceptional hard work and dedication during their time at Holgate and Hucknall Sixth Form Centre. Congratulations to them – all our staff want to wish them the very best for their future.”

Paul Simpson, head of Hucknall Sixth Form Centre, added: “We have been so impressed by our students during their time with us – especially during the last few months that did not end in the traditional manner we would have expected. It is testament to these talented students that they have been able to achieve such good grades and will now move on to the next exciting phase in their lives.”

Student numbers at Hucknall Sixth Form Centre (HSFC) are growing each year, with the centre having an excellent reputation in the local community and beyond. Mr Simpson added: “Students come to HSFC from all over Nottinghamshire because of the high standards of teaching, quality outcomes for all students and our wide range of courses. We still have limited availability for individuals to join us from September, and hope that these results demonstrate how the centre can support all students to achieve their goals.”

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