Another year of Sixth Form success for Thorp

Hamilton triplets by balloons
The Hamilton Triplets, Lewis, Sophie and Christopher. Photo courtesy of Thorp Academy.

Mandy Peel has been in touch with me.  Mandy works for the Northern Education Trust (Thorp Academy sponsors) and has been involved in issuing all the good news about their excellent GCSE results.  The students at Thorp have performed brilliantly and the academy has recorded its best ever GCSE results.  One of the key success stories is the Hamilton triplets , Sophie, Lewis and Christopher who received 25 A-C GCSEs between them.

Students at Thorp Academy in Gateshead have made great progress across the board with their A-level results in keeping with the school’s tradition for academic excellence. Thorp is part of The Northern Education Trust which has a growing reputation for improving schools through a combination of strong, visionary leadership, high quality teaching and learning and highly effective governance.

The impact of this combination is very evident in Thorp’s A-level results. For example, outcomes in maths, English literature, religious education and sociology were particularly strong with many students gaining top grades. Over 50% of maths candidates gained an A or A* grade! Additionally, many students who hope to go on to higher education have met or exceeded their conditional offers which is in keeping with Thorp’s long tradition of helping young people gain access to the UK’s best universities. Within these great results, there are some top drawer individual performances:

Rachel Bourne gained no less than 4 A* grades in biology, history, English literature and general studies.  Rachel is having a gap year travelling and plans to go to university in 2017. Rosemary Plummer gained A* grades in English literature and sociology and A grades in history and general studies. Rosemary is going to Leeds University to study history. Ryan Grainger gained A* grades in maths and computing and an A in chemistry.  Ryan is going to Warwick University to study computer science.

As well as fantastic attainment at A level, there were equally impressive performances in level 3 vocational courses.  Liam Maughan achieved 3 Distinction * grades in BTEC Sport and an A level in Psychology. Stephen Errington achieved a Distinction * grade in BTEC Science and a Distinction* and a Distinction in BTEC Sport.  Both Liam and Stephen are off to Northumbria University to study for degrees in sport.  Rachel Dodd and Jade Donnelly each achieved 3 Distinction * grades in their OCR health and social care diploma.  Both girls have places on higher level apprenticeships in child care.

Jonathan Morris, executive principal, is delighted to offer his congratulations and thanks to his teaching staff and students for the dedication and commitment they have shown.  He says:  “‘Results like these make educators’ jobs worthwhile. It is so gratifying to have played a part  in helping our excellent students gain life changing outcomes. Our 2016 A level figures are further proof of Thorp’s reputation for providing the best in sixth form education.”

Ian Kershaw, Chief Executive of Northern Education Trust, added: “Thorp Academy is making good progress and these results demonstrate that with strong leadership, high quality teaching and the right commitment from our students, anything is possible.   Thorp students and all academy staff are to be congratulated.”

Northern Education Trust, which is a not-for-profit charity, operates within the North-East and North-West of England and works with schools only by invitation.  It was formed in September 2012.  The Trust currently sponsors ten secondary and ten primary academies.sc730