Ark Alexandra Academy students impress with A Level and BTEC results.

Tuesday 10 August 2021

This year, we are congratulating our hard-working Year 13s, including:

Hermant Sharma, who gained A*, A*, A in Politics, Economics and Sociology, will go to the University of Bath to study Economics and Politics.

Harry Piper secured A*, A, A in Politics, History, Sociology and is going to King’s College London to study War Studies and History. Harry commented, “Despite being a tough year, the teachers went above and beyond, and I am grateful for the support I have received. I am ecstatic with my results.”

Nadim Ahmed gained A, B, B in Politics, History and English Literature. He will be heading to Queen Mary University of London to study History and Politics. Nadim is a recipient of a £9,500 bursary from Urbanest.

Warren Pethig achieved a D* D* D in the BTEC Extended Diploma and secured a place at the University of Sussex to study Business management and marketing. Warren was a student at William Parker and has flourished in the sixth form. He has faced personal challenges and has overcome these to achieve success. Warren’s family is so important to him, and they will share in celebrating his achievements. Warren commented: "At the start of the sixth form, I didn’t think I would achieve what I have done – the faith that Mr Firth showed in me helped me to fulfil my potential."

Milo, former head boy of Ark William Parker, achieved A*, A*, A. He will be going on to study History and Politics of the Americas at UCL. He is looking forward to combining his passion for these subjects with the opportunity to study at a prestigious American university during his degree. Milo commented: ‘I feel grateful to have had teachers who have offered me great feedback, even throughout the pandemic. I am excited to study the course of my choice at one of the country’s best universities.

Malina achieved A*, A* A in Economics, History and Maths. A previous student at Ark Helenswood, Malina, arrived in year 8 speaking little English. She is now trilingual, speaking Romanian, Spanish and English. She will be the first in her family to go to university and is looking forward to studying Economics at the Queen Mary University of London before entering into a career in finance.

Riyadh, a previous deputy head boy of Ark William Parker, achieved A* A* A* in Politics, History and English Literature. As the first to go to university in his family, he is excited about studying History and Political Economy at LSE. Following university, Riyadh hopes to pursue a career in Law.

One notable mention is Hannah Barnicot-Hill, who achieved an A* in Maths in Year 12. She continued into Year 13 studying Further Maths, Biology and Chemistry. Her ambitions are to either study Maths at an American university or at Cambridge.

Ark Alexandra’s Principal, Liam Collins, said: “We have had had a challenging 18 months, but today we are celebrating the individual achievements of our students and supporting them on their chosen next steps into higher education and apprenticeships.

“The last two years have been exceptionally difficult for students, their families and teachers. The wider school community acknowledges how they have coped with the challenges that have been thrown at us.

“These results are the culmination of many years of work and study, and students deserve our respect and admiration for everything they have achieved.”

Due to our exceptional use of online learning, the students were able to complete their courses. Teachers used a mix of evidence, including mock exams, assessments taken under exam conditions, coursework and other work completed as part of their course. In addition, exam boards provided optional sets of questions for teachers to use to help them gather evidence.