The North School's Results 2018-2019
The supportive learning environment and dedicated staff that make our Sixth Form such a great place to study saw the school achieve another strong set of A-level results this year.
We were proud of our students and delighted with the results, which saw 75% of our Year 13 students achieve A* to C grades or equivalent, while 99% achieved A* to E grades.
It was also pleasing that while pupils praised their teachers for helping them achieve results that were better than they had hoped for, they also paid tribute to the support of their fellow students. We work hard to create a friendly and supportive learning environment at The North School and we are delighted that pupils are playing their part.
We were particularly pleased with the results achieved by some of the students who had followed our ‘level two’ pathway after joining the Sixth Form following lower grades in their GCSEs.
They included Sebin Jose, who emerged as this year’s highest-achieving student, with four Distinctions in his Diploma subjects across Health and Social Care and Applied Science.
“I had to work very hard, but what made it easier was the support of my classmates, who were an inspiration to work alongside and who helped me to achieve results that are almost too good to be true,” he said.
Sebin has a place at the University of Suffolk to study radiography and is one of more than 45 of the school’s students who will be taking up a university place.
Maisy Dixon paid a heartfelt tribute to her teachers here at The North after achieving a double Distinction in Business and a C in Finance.
She also studied for an extra year but said her Sixth Form experience at The North School had been inspirational. “The teachers helped me every step of the way and were always there with advice and support, helping me understand that I could achieve my goals,” she said.
Other top performers included Reece Smith, who achieved two Distinction* grades in his Sport Diploma plus an A in his Diploma in Financial Studies, and George Baker, who was awarded a double Distinction in Business and a B grade in Finance.
Iona Cumming was delighted with her Distinction* and Distinction in Business and C in Media Studies. She has a job lined up in events management but knows that her impressive exam results will help her in her future career.
Angel Metalle also paid tribute to the support of the teachers who helped her achieve a B in English Literature and C grades in Law and Sociology.
“I had to work hard but it paid off as I did better than I expected. The school was really supportive and I felt really motivated,” she said. Angel plans to study Adult Nursing at Canterbury Christ Church University.
“I am proud of our hard-working students and what they have achieved against a background of increasingly demanding examinations,” said Headteacher Mrs A Lawrence.
“This is a tribute not just to the hard work of the students but to the effort and commitment of the staff. The results are well deserved and I would like to congratulate every one of the young people on what they have achieved.”
While almost 70 per cent of the students will be going on to university, others are following alternative career paths.
Josh Huntley is taking up an apprenticeship with local business Brake Brothers after competing with students in neighbouring schools for the opportunity, and Sean Trumper, a member of our highly respected Basketball Academy, is heading to the US to take up a basketball sponsorship.
Other notable results were achieved by Mark Potten (A in Finance, Distinction in Sport, C in Media), Lauren Robinson (double Distinction in Health and Social Care, C in Mathematical Studies) and Daniel Young (Distinction in Business, Distinction Merit in IT).
The North School’s Director of Sixth Form Mrs S Matthews said she was “delighted with the excellent results across our applied general courses in particular”, adding: “We have a record number of students off to university across the UK and further afield to the USA and Canada, and we wish them well with their future studies.
“We are delighted with the growing number of students who join The North School Sixth Form from other local schools and we are pleased to report the excellent progress they have made after joining us.”
The North School again achieved outstanding results in Finance, Business and Sport, while there were significant improvements this year in ICT and Health and Social Care.
At GCSE level, The North School did equally well, with a number of students achieving outstanding results during a year that showed improvements in a number of subjects.
Callum Budden was delighted with his results, which were enough to allow him to pursue his dream of joining the Royal Marines. "I needed at least a level 4 in maths so that I can go to college before applying to the Marines, and the school really helped by putting on extra classes,” he said. “I was motivated by the thought of college and encouraged by my teachers and I am astounded at how well I managed to do.” Callum also scored a level 5 in English and picked up a total of six GCSEs.
Another of our students whose hard work paid off was Jino Muruganantharuban, who needed a 7 or above in Science so that he could stay on into the Sixth Form to study A Level Biology.
Despite also having to fit in challenging training sessions as a member of the Basketball Academy, Jino’s results reflected his ambition as he scored an 8/7 in Science along with an 8 in Maths.
Headteacher Mrs A Lawrence commented: “Helping and inspiring students to achieve the best results they are capable of is the school’s ultimate goal, and I am delighted that this year’s GCSE results reflect that ambition.
We are also very pleased to see year-on-year improvements in our English, Mathematics and Science scores, while Computing Science and PE also showed exceptional progress and top grades.
These results justify the confidence our local community has in the school and we look forward to many of today’s students joining us again in September to begin their Sixth Form studies.”
Other students who did well included Joe Battle and Erin Robertson, who were top performers in the year group. Joe achieved an 8/9 in Science, 8s in History and Maths and 7s in English Literature and Geography.
Erin passed nine GCSEs, all fives and above and including an 8 in Maths, 8/7 in Science and 7s in English. She is planning to stay on at the school to study Art, English and Dance in the Sixth Form and said her teachers “never stopped encouraging me”.
Zoe Stickells passed all her GCSEs, scoring level 5s in Maths, English Language and Sport. “My results were better than I expected and I am really pleased that I was encouraged to work hard for them,” she said.
Also thrilled with her results was Shakira Shaikh, who is considering staying on at The North School to study Creative Arts after earning a level 6 in Fine Art and a 7 in Photography amongst a haul of good grades.