Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Ortu Sixth Form students celebrate A Level success

STUDENTS at Ortu 6th Form Centre are celebrating some amazing A-Level results today. Despite the challenges that the past two years, and the effects of the pandemic, all of our 6th Form Graduates have pushed through, secured impressive success and are looking forward to starting University, taking up employment opportunities, or beginning apprenticeships.

This year at Ortu 6th Form Centre, 99.4% of students had more than 2 A*-E GCE passes, with the average GCE grade rising from C+ in 2021 to a B- in 2022. 56% of students had 2 or more A* and Bs, and 28% had 3 or more A*s and As. Some of the best performing subjects this year were Art, Biology, English Literature, Law, Textiles, Sociology, Photography, Further Maths and Criminology. 

Mr. Gary Lewis, Interim Principal, said: “I am genuinely thrilled for all the students, for the hard work they have put in, the grades they have achieved, and most of all for the fact that all have secure destinations to go to. Well done to all students and also congratulations too all staff for their commitment and dedication they have unwaveringly shown to allow students to reach their full protentional. Well done everybody, you should all be very proud.”

Ms. Sue Weston, Director of the Ortu 6th Form Centre commented: “I am over the moon for the young people of our Ortu 6th Form Centre. I am so proud of all my students who have worked hard in such difficult circumstances and I wish them every success for the future.”

Our Ortu 6th Form Centre is extremely proud of everyone’s achievement this year, and would like to highlight some individuals that have really excelled:

  • Joshua Smith, 18 from Corringham achieved A* in English Literature, A* in History and A in Law and is going to Lancaster University to study Law said: “We spent December to March in lockdown last year, which was a challenge, but you adapt to it and take it in your stride. The teachers at the Sixth Form were amazing – I couldn’t have asked for more support, especially Mr Partridge who taught law. The course at Lancaster does a clinical learning course – you’re given real world problems and get some hands-on experience.” 
  • Sophie Runcorn, 18 from Stanford-Le-Hope, will also be going to Lancaster University to study Criminology having achieved A* in English Literature, A in History and A* in Psychology. Her dream job is to work for a national crime agency. 

She said: “I went to Gable Hall and the teachers were great, so I knew that the Sixth Form would be amazing. I want to thank Ms Ellis and Mr Partridge especially.” 

  • Josh Partridge,18, Corringham will be off to Loughborough University to study Sports Psychology having achieved A* Law, A* PE and A in Psychology. 

He said “The dream is to work as a sports scientist doing research. I’ve really enjoyed my time at the Sixth Form – my dad teaches law at the school, so he was very pleased.”

  • Charlotte Mailey,18, Stanford-le-Hope, will be joining the University of Kent to study Clinical Psychology in September who received an A* and two As. She said “The best bit about being at the Sixth Form was the History department, I loved it.”
  • Fleur Bowtell, 18, Stanford-Le-Hope plans to study Veterinary Medicine at university next year but is working for a year with animals before applying.  
  • Brooke Field, 18, Basildon, received the grades she needed to study Zoology at Anglia Ruskin University. 

She said she’d love to live in Cornwall or Devon with lots of animals in the future. 

  • Grainne Corrigan, 18, Stanford-Le-Hope is heading to the University of Derby to study Criminal Investigation. She hopes to work for the police one day. 

She said: “My exams were very challenging, the last time we sat exams was SATs because of Covid – but all of my teachers were fantastic and supportive.”

Other high achieving students include Flynn Adams, 18 from Linford, who achieved D*D*D* in Sport and Exercise Science will be studying Physiotherapy at university; Joseph McCarthy, 18 from Corringham, who will be heading to Chester to start a degree in Biotechnology; and Kacey Hambleton, 18 from Chafford 100, A* in criminology, A Language and literature and A in Media. 


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