Ark Helenswood and Ark William Parker celebrate another year of strong results

Friday 23 August 2019

Students from Ark Helenswood and Ark William Parker are celebrating a strong and significantly improved set of GCSE results. 

Yet again, Ark William Parker Academy’s GCSE results have shown a marked improvement with a 12% increase taking them to 59% for 4+ English and Maths (the national benchmark). 
Similarly, they achieved a 10% increase in students accomplishing the higher grades.

Ark Helenswood Academy, already the highest performing school in Hastings, achieved another great year of results sustaining 67%, with 49% of students achieving the higher grades.
These are the best ever results for the Ark Secondary schools in Hastings and are a strong foundation on which to build the future of the new co-educational school opening in September, Ark Alexandra Academy.

Stephanie Newman, Principal of Ark William Parker said; “I’m so proud – the students have reaped the rewards of all their hard work. These are the best results yet for Ark William Parker as they continue on an upward trajectory. The results show the unwavering commitment of the staff to ensure that every student achieves their very best and can pursue a career of their choice or go to university.” 

At Ark William Parker Academy some of the strongest performers in this year’s GCSEs were: 

Riyadh Ul- Hoque who achieved 3 x 9s in History, Sociology and RE; 5 x 8s in Maths, English Language, Biology, Physics and Spanish and 2 x 7s in English Literature and Chemistry, said; “I feel amazing. It’s unbelievable. Just work hard and be ambitious. It doesn’t matter where you come from as long as you put the effort in you can achieve anything.”

Riyadh’s father added: “The teachers at Ark William Parker have played a fantastic role over the last five years and I’m very grateful to them. This wouldn’t have happened without their help.”

Milo Moody who achieved 3 x 9s in English Literature, English Language and Spanish; 5 x 8s in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History and RE; 2 x 7s in Maths and Sociology and 1 x 5 in Music. On receiving his results Milo said; ‘I was worried. My hands were shaking. Now it’s all over I’m happy and proud.”. 

Milo is set to stay on at Ark Sixth Form to study A-Levels in English Literature, Politics, Spanish and History. When talking about his future, it is clear Milo has high aspirations. 
“At university I would like to read History and Politics, preferably at Cambridge but that’s an aim. Then I would like to be a history teacher, but I will also consider being a barrister or even a politician.”

Milo has been inspired by his teachers and when speaking of his time at school, he speaks fondly; “We had lots of support from our teachers and our classes, all the pupils are so supportive. It really is a community at William Parker.”

Sam Tomlin achieved 3 x 9s in Maths, Chemistry and Physics; 3 x 7s in English Language, Biology and Geography; 1 x 6 in RE; 1 x 5 in English Literature and 1 x 4 in Spanish.  Sam told us: “I’m shocked and confused, I got better than I hoped.’ He’ll be continuing his studies at the highly successful Ark 6th Form. 

Among Ark Helenswood’s top performers in this year’s GCSEs were: 

Malina Jitaru, who joined the school from Romania just 3 years ago, achieved 2 x 9s in History and Spanish, 3 x 8s in English Literature, Physics and Geography, 4 x 7s in English Language, Maths, Biology and Photography and 1 x 6 in Chemistry. She said: “I feel proud I wasn’t expecting this. I want to thank my teachers who have helped me a lot. They have always made the time for me.’

Head girl, Lilli Amor achieved 1 x 9 in History; 2 x 8s in English Literature and Spanish; 4 x 7s in Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Geography and 3 x 6s in English Language, Biology and Drama.  After university she would like to pursue her dream job of becoming a lawyer. She praised Ark Helenswood and her teachers for giving her lots of opportunities.

Hannah Barnicoat -Hill, a Year 10 student, who took Maths GCSE a year early and achieved the top grade of a 9, said: “I feel really good, I’m really happy. It was worth all the hard work.”

Li Qian Qian arrived in this country 2 years ago and didn’t speak a word of English - her achievements are exceptional. She achieved 1 x 9 in Chinese, 1 x 8 in Maths, 2 x 7s in combined science, 1 x 5 in Art and Design, 2 x 4s in English Literature and Drama.  She exclaimed: “I’m so excited. It’s like a dream – I can’t believe it.” She went on to say: ‘I want to thank my teachers because they helped me get these results. If you work hard you will get what you want.”

Yvonne Powell, Executive Principal of Ark Helenswood and Ark William Parker, said: “It’s excellent to see another set of strong results from both schools today, particularly with William Parker demonstrating exceptional improvement. I’m exceedingly proud of my staff and their dedication to our students – they always go above and beyond. Congratulations to our staff and our students.”.