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Thursday, 16 August 2018


Young people across Sandwell have been getting their A Level and vocational qualification results with many of them achieving top grades in their chosen subjects. Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children's services is proud of the achievements made by young people in Sandwell. He said: "Yet again I’m very proud of young people in Sandwell we have some outstanding results. Well done to all. "I know this would not be possible without the support from school staff, parents and carers so thanks to you all. "If young people haven't got the results they expected, please go to our drop-in exam results service where there is advice and help on what to do next." Sandwell Council's exam results service is available at Sandwell Council House Oldbury every week day from 10am to 4pm. Staff from Connexions Sandwell, who run the service, will offer expert advice on future options including further education, university, careers, apprenticeships and much more. Principal James Topham at Wood Green Academy in Wednesbury is very pleased with his students' achievements. He said: “We are extremely pleased with this year’s A Level results.

The students have all done really well and we’re very pleased for them. I’d like to thank all the students, staff and parents for their hard work.” Stand-out students from Wood Green Academy include Ismail Afzal who got two A* grades in maths and chemistry and a C in biology and is going to Birmingham University to study Chemical Engineering. Mohammed Amin got two A grades in ICT and product design and a C in maths and is going to Aston University to study Mechanical Engineering.

Masie Griffiths got three A grades in biology, chemistry and maths and is going to Exeter University to study Conservation, Biology and Ecology.

Maryam Jahan got three B grades in English literature, history and psychology and is going to Birmingham City University to study Psychology with Criminology. Students from Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath have achieved another excellent set of results at both vocational qualifications and A Levels.

The academy gave special mention to A Level students Hinna Awan who got A* in philosophy and ethics and A grades in English literature, history and Extended Project Qualification, Sviatoslav Behei who got A grades in maths and Russian and a B in law, Mark Chen who got a B in maths, an A in Chinese, a C in business grade C and a D in further maths, Lee Harding who got an A* in maths, A grades in further maths A and physics and a B in chemistry, Laheba Rawdah who got A grades in biology and chemistry, a B in Extended Project Qualification and a C in maths and Samuel Robson who got two A* grades in maths and further maths and two grade As in chemistry and physics.

The academy also congratulated Denver Baker, Ismael Diallo and Fadel Traore who achieved top marks in BTEC Sport and Exercise Science and Nabilah Begum, Asma Bibi and Muniba Iqbal who all got Distinction* and Distinction in their BTEC Health and Social Care. Head of Ormiston Forge Academy, Dr Lisa Mason said: “Congratulations to all students picking results up today.

We are particularly delighted that we are able to offer outstanding A level and Applied General studies here at Forge, as evidenced by results over the last five years. “The competitive, yet friendly welcoming family that we have been building at Forge is paying dividends.

Our year seven is full in September and our sixth form is becoming the place to study for key stage five students who want to get results and fulfil their potential." Students and staff were celebrating at Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick as students achieved record results at the end of their sixth-form Studies. Five students at Shireland Collegiate Academy had extra reason to celebrate after gaining three or four A or A* grades.

Students have gained places at universities such as the University of Birmingham, Aston University and University of Nottingham to study subjects such as Nursing and Psychology.

The Principal of Shireland, David Irish said: “I’m delighted to see so many of our students fulfilling their potential and gaining excellent grades.

This is the culmination of two years of hard work and dedication by both staff and students.

We wish our students all the best in the future as they leave Shireland to start at university and employment.

As the Academy continues to grow in size and reputation, this is testament to the fact that the students’ wellbeing and success is still at the heart of all that we do." Pupils at Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School in Wednesbury have been celebrating excellent results.

Two top performing pupils have secured their places at university to study medicine.

There were other outstanding performances including one pupil who has gained A*, A, B and will be studying history at the University of Newcastle and another successful pupil who gained A, A, C and will be studying Mathematics at the University of Warwick. Mr Jeremy Harris, Headteacher at Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School, praised the pupils and staff, “I am delighted that so many of our pupils have achieved excellent A Level results and for those who have chosen to go to University that they have secured places at highly respected Universities.

This is testament to the hard work of both the pupils and the staff.” Headteacher, Paul Shone, is proud of his students’ A Level results and level 3 results at Holly Lodge School in Smethwick. He said: “I am delighted at the level of progress made by students with many once again exceeding their expected grades. "Particular praise should go to Ayesha Islam, Alisha Duggal, Navid Amir and Kavita Riyat.

It's pleasing to see year on year improvement of our Key Stage 5 results, a true reflection of the hard work of students and dedication of our teaching staff.

It's also great to see so many students happy and looking forward to their next step towards their future careers.” Students at Central Sixth campus once more achieved an impressive 99 per cent pass rate overall, with a 100 per cent pass rate in a record 19 subjects.

Tamara Herrington got A*AA in geography, biology and politics and is now going to the University of Durham to study Politics. Katy Forrester, 18, got A*AA in English language & literature, drama & theatre, and sociology and is off to Lancaster University to study Theatre and English Literature.

Kaven Judge is now set to start his higher apprenticeship with KPMG after getting three A grades in accounting, business and Economics.

Sameer Qadeer also gained triple A grades in biology, Chemistry and Maths, and David Nemec got grades A, B and A. Sameer will be reading Medicine at Birmingham University, while David will be studying for his degree in Biomedical Science at University College London.

Director of Central Sixth and Assistant Principal, Dr Matt Lamb, said: “Due to the recent reforms A Levels are now more challenging than ever before, and so it is a tribute to staff and students to have received these excellent results.” Mark Arnull, Head of School at Q3 Academy Great Barr praised his students.

He said: “Q3 Academy Great Barr is celebrating another successful year of A Level results with a higher average grade and more students looking forward to beginning university and apprenticeships than previously." Among the students collecting results at Q3 Academy Great Barr were twins Charlotte and Lauren Smith who between them achieved five A grades and a B grade.

Students at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy in Oldbury West Midlands are celebrating after receiving their A Level results. Momina Ghani leaves with B grades in both law and sociology and a merit in business.

She is now looking forward to enrolling at Aston University for September. Holly Silwood is also off to the University of Sheffield after her fantastic results, gaining a Distinction* in musical theatre and a B in film studies A Level. Hamandeep Hayer and Ruqaya Iqbal are also off to university doing teacher training and social care respectively.

Executive Principal Marie McMahon expressed her delight saying " We are all so proud of how well our sixth form students have done once again this year.

We wish them all the very best in this next, exciting stage of their education. Well done all!" Students and staff at Oldbury Academy are celebrating after receiving an excellent set of A Level and BTEC results this year: 32% of A Level grades achieved were at grades A*-B, whilst 60% of BTEC grades were at Distinction level or higher. Special mention should go to Inderpal Bahia who achieved three A* grades in History, Law and Psychology and will be going on to study Psychology at University of Birmingham, and Faisal Mahmood who achieved A* in Law.

Headteacher Phil Shackleton said: "Once again our Sixth Form students have done us all proud, with a really impressive set of results.

This is a true reward for their hard work and commitment to their studies.

I have no doubt they will go on to continued success and I would like to wish all of our students the very best in their next steps."



Wednesday, 15 August 2018


Young people in Sandwell who are due to get exam results this summer can get expert advice on what to do next.

Connexions Sandwell will run an exam advice service on weekdays from Thursday 16 August to Friday 31 August 10am – 4pm at Sandwell Council House in Oldbury. There is no need for an appointment as these are drop-in sessions.

Advice will be offered to young people on further education, apprenticeships, college courses, university entry, student finance and jobs.

Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children's services said: "Getting exam results can be a stressful time but I want to urge young people, parents and carers to use the exam results service. "Our team of experienced advisers are ready to help young people make informed choices so they can succeed in adult life." Over the last three years, Connexions Sandwell has supported an estimated 600 students.

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