Initial indications suggest that record numbers of students at the Retford Post 16 Centre have been accepted on to their first choice University courses.
The Heads of both Elizabethan and Retford Oaks Academies are extremely proud of the students’ achievements. The broad approach the Centre takes to study, enabling the needs and aspirations of students to be met via both academic and vocational courses, means that students are now moving on to study a range of subjects at leading universities the length and breadth of Britain.
Christine Horrocks from the Elizabethan Academy stated that the strong results of this year will provide a springboard for a dynamic new era at the Centre, built on a commitment from both the Academies, and their partners, to drive forward a culture of excellence and aspiration. Heather Widdup from Retford Oaks Academy, also stressed a determination to see the Post 16 Centre at the heart of the local community, offering a diverse range of qualifications and a wealth of experiences to develop skills and attributes which will prepare students exceptionally well for future education, training or employment.
Amongst the many notable successes was Head Girl, Harriet Rawson, whose grades included 2A* and a Grade B. She told us, “I’ve absolutely loved my time at Retford Post 16. My hard work and perseverance have paid off. I can’t wait to get to Newcastle University to start my English Literature degree. Thank you so much to everyone for their encouragement and support.”
Sian Nobel gained an A* and two B grades, which will enable her to take up her place studying midwifery in London. Sian was delighted, saying, “I’ve always wanted to be a midwife. It’s been a real challenge but after all the hard work I’ve finally made it. I am really proud of my results”.
Michael Edwardes gained an exceptionally impressive set of results with one A*, two A grades and a B. “I’m so thrilled that my hard work has paid off,” he said. Michael is looking forward to studying English at Nottingham University.
Chloe Garton gained three A grades and will study Law at Reading University. Mollie Bacon’s high grades, including A* in Biology and the Extended Project, mean that she can now pursue her dream of studying Marine Biology at Southampton University.
Leonie Leeder said she was “insanely pleased” to be moving on to St Andrews University to study History, having gained three A grades and a B.
Under the overall leadership of both Heads, the Centre is moving into exciting new times, with Jason White (Vice Principal, Elizabethan Academy) and Gemma Murphy (Associate Principal, Retford Oaks Academy) now leading the Centre. Both are delighted to take up their new roles and are determined that the Retford Post 16 Centre will deliver excellence in all that it does.
Academic excellence will be supported with dedicated, high quality careers advice alongside exceptional pastoral support and guidance. The already substantial extra-curricular opportunities will be further developed to enhance the overall experience of studying at the Centre. The strong focus on enterprise will be maintained and there is an absolute commitment to ensuring an increasing range of academic and vocational courses to meet the need of all learners.
Student leadership will work alongside staff to ensure that the Centre will be recognised as a place of excellence in all that it does. All at Retford Post 16 are dedicated to ensuring the best possible learning experience which prepares students thoroughly for the future, not just academically, but in the fullest sense possible.
The Elizabethan Academy Trust is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England with Company Number 7964360 and has a registered office at Hallcroft Road, Retford, Notts. DN22 7PY