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After a week of significant flux, staff, students and parents of Excelsior Academy Year 11 pupils have received extremely positive GCSE and level 2 vocational grades today!

The last-minute changes have meant that young people have been awarded the best of either their teacher assessed grade submitted by the school or the grade created by the national algorithm; this seems to be the fairest conclusion to a week of turmoil.  Despite the shifting national picture, the academy is expecting    large numbers of pupils to continue into their chosen subjects in the sixth form.

Academy Principal, James Andriot, said: “I am relieved that Year 11 pupils, who have had so much to deal with as a result of the pandemic, will be able to come into the academy on Thursday knowing what their progression plans will look like for the future.  I am delighted that we are expecting to see a big boost in our sixth form numbers for next academic year.  This was expected after our open evening in the autumn but the stability provided by the government response means that we will see these large numbers in the real world at the start of term in September.  We offer a broad range of more than 30 different academic and vocational courses and these pupils will be fully supported back into full-time education.  We look forward to seeing them when they return to us for the next stage of their educational journey”.

Mr, Andriot, who started at the academy in June, also went on to wish academy leavers the best for the future: “I know that school is not for everyone once GCSEs are over.  Some Excelsior pupils are continuing on to a variety of exciting apprenticeships and college courses.  We want to wish them well and we hope that they look back fondly on their time at the school”.