Elizabethan Academy Celebrates Students' GCSE Success

Top honours at the Elizabethan this year went to Holly Harthill, who achieved seven A* grades, three As and a starred distinction.  She said “I’m lost for words.  I’m so pleased that the last five years of hard work has paid off.  I’m so grateful to all my teachers for all their support.”  Holly is continuing her education at the Elizabethan, studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths at Retford Post 16.

Hot on Holly’s heels, were Dulcie Hall, with six A*s and five As, and Will Speirs, with five A*s and six As.

James Mooney, whose eleven grades included eight A and A*s, said “I’m very happy with my results and it shows that all the hard work I’ve put in was worth it.”  He is also studying Economics, Maths and Further Maths at Retford Post 16 next year.

Christine Horrocks, who joined the Academy as Principal, in April 2015, told us “These results are testament to the hard work of both students and staff.  We have really focussed this year on ensuring excellent Teaching and Learning.  What is important is what goes on in the classroom day in day out and also knowing students as individuals.

“I have consistently stated that I am uncompromising in my insistence on high standards in all areas and on having high expectations of all students and staff. I am extremely ambitious for this academy and have high expectations of myself.  The results are not where I want them to be yet, but they are certainly moving in the right direction.”

Vice Principal, Jason White, who is taking over the leadership of the Post 16 Centre in September, said he was “overjoyed” by the record numbers of students enrolling today.  “We will be working with students to embed a culture of excellence and aspiration at Retford Post 16.  By working at both sites next year, I want to increase the sense of continuity between Years 7 to 11 and our Post 16 provision.

“It was fantastic to see so many of our students getting into their first choice universities last week and I want our younger students to share in their achievements and aspire to follow them in years to come.”

Christine Horrocks continued: “I am particularly pleased that we have made significant improvements on the new Government Progess 8 measure as this really demonstrates that all students at the academy progress well, whatever their ability, in all subjects. 

“We have trialled single sex teaching in some subjects this year, engendering a competitive atmosphere for boys, which seems really to have paid off as boys have out-performed girls in some subjects, including English.

“The incredible achievement of many of our students who have achieved A and A* across the board is inspiring to students coming up through the Academy but I am equally proud of the fact that the performance of our more disadvantaged students, which is a national issue, has improved significantly, enabling them to go onto pursue courses and careers in their chosen field.

“Following on from a golden summer in terms of performance at the Olympics we are looking forward to a golden year for the Elizabethan Academy!”