PUBLISHED 12 August 2021
The strong tradition of excellent academic outcomes continued at AKS this year, ensuring our students are well-prepared for Sixth Form.
Head of Middle School, Phill Rudd said, “It has been an extraordinary two years of GCSE study, with the transition to remote learning, subsequently blended with face-to-face teaching to accommodate the changing circumstances, finishing with five weeks of assessments. Our Year 11 students should be proud of their achievements. Throughout the year, their can-do attitude and resilience has been amazing“.
Once again, the diversity of accomplishments is testament to the level of engagement both in and beyond the classroom, reflecting the growing recognition of the positive impact that experiences gained out of the classroom have on academic results.
Examples include Miranda, nine 9s, a talented Germanist, multi-instrumentalist and member of the prestigious Halle Youth Choir, who recently completed her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award; Ben, nine 9s, a valued member of our school quiz team. A full sweep of nine 9s was also achieved by gifted Francophile, Amelia, talented mathematician, Max and artist, Bella. Talented all-round sportsman, Yash, who joined at the end of Year 9 gained seven 9s and two 8s, alongside playing for the school 1st teams in football, tennis and cricket.
These outcomes are a tribute to the students’ resilience and studious approach over the last eighteen months, through three lockdowns and during times when they may have had to isolate. We are grateful to our staff and school community for ensuring the continuity of education and co-curricular programme as the speed of transition to and the quality of our remote learning ensured that they remained on or indeed ahead of target in all curriculum areas.
Headmaster David Harrow said:
“Perhaps more than ever, the importance of diligence, resilience and flexibility have come to the fore in recent months. I am delighted to celebrate the qualifications achieved by our students today and their thoroughness and perseverance alongside their teachers over the past year and a half.
This is not just about those who achieved straight ‘9’s: every single student has faced unprecedented challenges and the breadth of their experiences, efforts and adventures of this period has been remarkable. The support, friendship and spirit shown and shared by the whole school community has led to these well-deserved outcomes.
As with any strong team, they have supported each other, keeping each other going in the toughest of times and encouraging each other to rise to the challenge. I am incredibly excited to see this super year group move into the Sixth Form and the next phase of their education”.
Head of Sixth Form, Kevin Maund added:
“With these GCSE qualifications, our students have created a fantastic platform to continue to thrive at Sixth Form. I have no doubt they will make the most of the broad opportunities available at AKS Sixth Form. I am very much looking forward to working alongside them and the many others who are joining us in September from other local schools.”
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