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.
Two students gained places at Cambridge University. Isabella Addo achieved A*AB grades in English, sociology and French to study Human, Political and Social Sciences. Isabella has also just completed her summer holiday internship at Blackrock Investments.
Isabella has taken every opportunities available to her but also says “Ark Academy is a really special school, it has provided me with opportunities I wouldn’t have had elsewhere. I am also receiving a £9,000 Marshall Wace bursary and am really grateful as it will help me concentrate on studying.”
Minali Alwis (Head Girl) achieved AAA in Geography, Economics and Religious Studies and will be studying Geography at Kings College, Cambridge. Minali will also receive the Oxbridge Reuben Scholarship of £22,500.
“I moved to England with my mum ten years ago from Sri Lanka and I didn’t speak English. My mum is a single parent and a nurse in the NHS and has really inspired me. At Ark I feel the teachers were always giving me things that were outside my comfort zone and new challenges.”
Our Head Boy Milola Adelekan achieved his goal of going to the University of Warwick.
Milola said “It’s overwhelming, I’m really happy to get the university of my choice to study Philosophy. I’ve had amazing teachers and can truly say I have enjoyed all my lessons but I really have loved the philosophy and ethics part of my A level course.”
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 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 Rumania with very little English.
Alex (on the right) is joined here by Daniel Hunt, who achieved A*A*AB in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics and will be joining Ark Academy alumni at Warwick University to study mathematics.
In addition to Alexandru, eight other students in Year 13 will receive bursaries to support them through university. This programme, run by Ark Schools and supported by Marshall Wace, helps talented Ark students who are heading for top universities and who might not otherwise be able to afford higher education.
Nkotseng Maleleka (A*AA) is looking forward to studying Politics and International Relations at SOAS and will be joined by Fatima Ali who will study Law. Fatima suffers from a very rare spinal cord injury and has worked at Ark Academy with an assistant to help with her personal care and taking notes in lessons as her writing is really slow. “When I take exams I get double the time plus rest breaks. I have had great encouragement from the teachers. I will be the first in my family to go to university and they have helped make sure that my disability doesn’t stand in the way of my opportunities. I want to be a barrister.”
Many other students gained excellent grades and university places. Elliot Howard will be studying Philosophy at Durham and Maryline Maruthan having achieved distinctions in Business Studies BTEC (D*DD) will take up her place at Birmingham University.
Mrs Smith, the Principal praised the hard work and dedication of the staff and students. “We are all really proud of our sixth form and the opportunities that can transform the lives of our wonderful students.”