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Staff, students and parents of Excelsior Academy Year 13 pupils are delighted with the A Level and level 3 vocational results published today. 

Despite the challenges faced due to the pandemic and the impact on education nationally, many of the young people are going to use these results to progress to a range of different and exciting routes in their education journey.  Ana-Maria Miron worked hard throughout her time in the academy and is going to use her outstanding achievement to study Maths at Newcastle University.  Twins Raadiyah and Saarah Nahar will be continuing their studies together into university, both going on to study Health and Social Care at Northumbria.  Many young people now consider alternatives to university after sixth form; Dylan Morris is going to use his excellent hospitality results to take on an exciting apprenticeship as a chef at the Shark Club in the city and Brandon Wait beat a highly competitive field to secure a joinery apprenticeship with Barratt Homes.  

Early analysis shows that Excelsior pupils have made positive value-added progress in both academic and vocational courses, despite the changes to the way in which grades have been awarded.   

Academy Principal, James Andriot, said: “I have felt a strong injustice for all Year 13 pupils since schools went into lockdown in March and exams were cancelled.  For many, these exams represented the end of a long school journey and the pupils wanted to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the proper assessments.  I am relieved that the national system for calculating grades has not stopped the Excelsior young people from progressing to their desired futures.  Everyone at the academy wishes them all the very best”. 

Mr Andriot, who started at the academy at the start of June, also went on to praise the work of his predecessor: “I believe that it is a strong time to start at Excelsior.  Thanks to the efforts of Dave Thornton and the team of staff at the school, the young people have performed really well this summer, regardless of the national setbacks.  This was also recognised in the recent Ofsted inspection which highlights the many strengths at the school.  I look forward to building on this solid and strong foundation”.