Ark Academy in Wembley Park is celebrating outstanding ‘A’ Level results with its first cohort of students. Ark Academy opened in 2010 and the school has grown with these students. Many achieved the top grades enabling them to attain excellent university places. Of the 75 students in Year 13, 57% achieved 3+A*-C grades and nearly a third 3+A*-B grades. Overall 82% of the grades awarded were grade C or higher.
There are particular strengths in maths and the sciences, for example 89% of further maths students achieved an A*-B grade, physics and chemistry 50% achieved the top grades and in biology 82% achieved A*-C. There were also excellent outcomes in other subjects – history has 100% success rate in the top grades, 86% in sociology and 75% in philosophy and religious studies.
Two students gained places at Cambridge University, Jai Sorabji Stewart achieved 4 A*s in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry and will study Mathematics at St John’s Cambridge. Aliyah Lashani-Ewing will also be studying Philosophy at Cambridge after attaining 3 A*s.
Clement Owusu (Head Boy) arrived in Year 8 from Italy with little English and achieved 3 A’s in Economics, Geography and Philosophy. He will be studying Philosophy and Global Sustainable Development at Warwick.
Clement, along with 6 other Year 13 students, is a recipient of a Marshall Wace Bursary to help talented Ark students heading for top universities, who might not otherwise be able to afford higher education. Clement said “The support from my teachers was immense.”
Many other students gained really excellent grades and university places. Andrei Bogdan will be studying Computer Science at Bristol, five students will be studying maths at various top universities and engineering also proved to be very popular choice with eight students attending a variety of top universities from Bath to Sheffield. Overall 94% of our students have achieved university places, 33% in the top 10% of universities, + 25% attained Russell group places.
The Principal, Ms Smith, said she was delighted for the first university students from Ark Academy who have gained so many excellent places. ‘This is what it is all about transforming young people’s lives through the gift of education. We are all thrilled and full of optimism for their futures”.