Pupils from Midland Academies Trust schools in Nuneaton are celebrating as results of GCSEs and vocational qualifications are revealed today. Over 500 pupils at Hartshill Academy, Nuneaton Academy, and George Eliot Academy received grades for over 21 different qualifications including maths and English.

Simon Lomax, Executive Principal for the Midland Academies Trust said, “The last two years have been extremely challenging for our Year 11 pupils and we are proud of the commitment they have shown to their studies with the ongoing and professional support of their teachers. Pupils have also benefited from the fantastic support of their parents, carers, and families during this difficult period.

“Given the disruption caused by the pandemic, and the adjustments that have been made to grade boundaries by awarding organisations, we are not sharing our schools’ results in the usual way and our focus will be on supporting our pupils and helping them to progress on to the next stage in their education, training or employment.”

At Nuneaton Academy, Kacey Adams was the first pupil in the school’s history to gain a complete set of top grades achieving eight Grade 9s. Milly Wilson achieved seven Grade 9s and one Grade 8. Roni Jacques has accepted a place at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) to study art after achieving a Grade 9 in the subject.

Lara Hall, Principal at Nuneaton Academy said, “Following the most challenging time in education in a generation, we are so proud of our pupils for the results they have achieved. It really is testament to the resilience they have shown and the hard work they have put in. I know pupils will also join me in thanking their teachers for all they have done to help our pupils excel during their time at Nuneaton Academy.”

Hartshill Academy pupil Nathaniel Griffiths-Johnson achieved five Grade 9s, two Grade 8s and two Distinction star grades and will be moving on to study A Levels in maths. Nathaniel said, “I am thrilled and look forward to continuing my studies and going to university to study finance and business.”

Michael Wheeldon is on his way to NWSLC to study computing and Ella-Rose Syemour is excited to be starting a hairdressing course at the college. Jake Roberts’ exam success, including a Grade 8 in maths, has earned him a scholarship at Rugby School. Danail Barakov-Trankov achieved a Grade 9, three Grade 8s, a Grade 7 and a Distinction star grade and is moving on to study maths and physics A Levels. Ruby Smith will also be studying A Levels in English, sociology and health and social care after her results included four Grade 8s.

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Lorraine Taylor, Principal at Hartshill Academy said, “Our pupils have worked with heart, ambition and tenacity to achieve these fantastic results today and we wish them luck with their next steps.”

At George Eliot Academy, Holly Parker achieved nine Grades 8 and 9 and is going on to study A Levels. Charlotte King is looking forward to studying fashion at NWSLC after achieving five GCSEs at Grade 7 and above including a Grade 9 for English literature. William Azulay achieved results from Grade 7-5 and will be starting a catering and hospitality course at NWSLC. Darren Afolabi achieved four Grade 9s and is going to study maths, chemistry and physics A Levels.

Homeira Zakary, Principal at George Eliot Academy said, “This year’s results reflect the continued hard work of our pupils and the outstanding work of teachers in ensuring that they achieve their full potential.”

Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Chief Executive of the Midland Academies Trust said, “Congratulations to all our pupils who are collecting GCSE results today. They have shown a great deal of determination in tackling the unique circumstances of the pandemic, and we are exceptionally proud of their achievements.

“Gaining good GCSE grades, especially in the core subjects of maths and English, is so important to pupils’ future progress. Our teachers have set high expectations of all our pupils, who have consistently been supported to maintain their learning and continue to progress. We wish them the best of luck for the future as they take their next steps.”