Outstanding A level success for students at Ark Academy

The second cohort of students to graduate from Ark Academy’s recently opened sixth form have improved on last year’s results with a significant increase in the top grades achieved, with a quarter of the grades   A*/A and 60% A*-B grades.

We are incredibly proud of the results achieved that has enabled them to attain excellent university places. Some of the highlights are shared below.

Attainment

  • Of the 93 students in year 13, 71% achieved 3+A*-C grades and 38% 3+A*-B grades.
  • 25% of all results attained were grade A or A*and 84% of all results were a grade C or higher; additionally, the average grade achieved overall is a grade B.
  • Overall, 93% of our year 13 cohort passed 3 or more A levels.

Progress

  • Our ALPs score - a measure of student attainment against the top quarter of students nationally - is extremely positive at grade 3. In effect, this means our results are in the top 25% of grades across the country.
  • Furthermore, our estimated L3VA (Level 3 Value Added) is positive showing students progressed well in comparison with all peers nationally.

 

Headline Measure

Summer 2 2017/18

ALPs School T-Score

Grade 3

L3VA (estimated)

+0.12

% 3+ A*-C

72%

% 3+ A*-E

93%

Average A Level grade

Grade B

 

Subject Success

  • Our subject results also had plenty of highlights. Sociology and religious studies in particular did extremely well with 74% and 70% respectively achieving A*-B. In history, further maths, French, geography, media studies, Spanish and product design 100% of students achieved A*-C. 
  • We are particularly proud also of our first ever cohort of Business Studies Level 3 BTEC pupils. 45% of pupils achieved D*DD (equivalent to A*AA at A-Level), 91% DMM or better (equivalent to BBC grades at A-Level) where 100% of pupils achieving a MMM or better (equivalent to 3 C grades at A-Level)
 

A*-D

A*-C

A*-B

Art

100%

100%

100%

Biology

95%

86%

59%

Chemistry

83%

54%

38%

Economics

100%

92%

75%

English Literature

100%

90%

60%

French

100%

100%

50%

Further Maths

100%

100%

100%

Geography

100%

100%

80%

History

100%

100%

78%

Maths

90%

74%

49%

Media Studies

100%

100%

89%

Product Design

100%

100%

100%

PE

80%

40%

20%

Physics

91%

82%

64%

Psychology

100%

88%

64%

Religious Studies 100% 100% 91%
Sociology

100%

96%

61%
Spanish

100%

100%

0%

Textiles

100%

100%

50%

       
 

Attain

>=MPP

Attain

>=DMM

Attain

>=D*DD

Business Studies (PP) 100% 91% 45%

 

University life begins

We are so immensely proud that two students gained places at Cambridge University. The first is Isabelle Addo, who achieved A*, A, B in English, sociology and French and is going on to study Human, Political and Social Sciences at Homerton College Cambridge. Additionally, Minali Alwis, our Head Girl achieved AAA in Geography, Economics and Religious Studies and will be studying geography at Kings College, Cambridge. We are turely delighted for both as they will also receive the Oxbridge Reuben Scholarship of £22,500 each, courtesy of the generosity of the Ark Sponsors.

Iman Ahmadi achieved A*AAA in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry and will study Physics at Imperial College London. Alexandru Ion will also be joining him at Imperial College.

Alexandru achieved AAA in Chemistry, Biology and Maths not only achieved his place to read Medical Biosciences, but again, through the Ark Schools bursary process has received a fantastic bursary from Urbanest for accommodation for 3 years, worth in excess of £30,000. It’s not surprising that he said “My hands were shaking when I logged on to UCAS track.” Alex joined Ark Academy in Year 8 having come from Romania with very little English.

Many other students gained excellent grades Maryline Maruthan having achieved distinctions in Business Studies BTEC (D*DD) will take up her place at Birmingham University.

90% of all of our pupils will take up places at university in the coming year. One student Jordan Totimeh has won a place on a highly competitive Higher Apprenticeship scheme with Visa, while the rest, 9% take a gap year or have deferred their university place for a year. Business management was the winner this year with eleven five students opting to study at various top universities, a credit to the achievement of our BTEC Level 3 Business Studies course.  Biomedical Science also proved to be very popular choice with six students attending a variety of top universities from Imperial to Kings College, Warwick to Coventry. Overall 94% of our students have achieved university places, 34% in high tariff universities. 95% of the students who started in Year 12 2016 completed their course of study with us in Year 13.