High-flying academy alumni on the move

Following successful A-Level results in the summer, many former Berwick Academy students have embarked upon their studies at university.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 3rd November 2016, 1:36 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:09 pm
Melissa Mee, Chloe Butler and Casey Walton.
Melissa Mee, Chloe Butler and Casey Walton.

In August, 98 per cent of Berwick Academy sixth formers achieved a place at their first or second choice of university.

Students achieved particularly highly in a range of academic courses, including mathematics, English literature and business studies, which were the top achieving subjects.

Many of the students gained entry to highly competitive courses.

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Star athlete Cameron Tindle recently took up his place at Stirling University, where he is working alongside some of the country’s leading experts in his quest for athletics glory.

A-Level mathematics student Casey Walton, who gained A*A*B, is being sponsored by top international accountancy firm, KPMG, to complete a degree at Birmingham University.

Fellow mathematician James Leddy, who achieved an A* at A-Level, recently took up his place at Bristol University to study for a degree in accounting and finance.

Treading the performance path, Abi Hood, Alanah Dugdale, Kyla Dean and Fraser Young, scored the maximum marks available for performing arts and music.

Abi Hood took her pick of university courses as she landed unconditional offers from institutions across the UK.

Kyla, Fraser and Alanah all took up places at Northumbria University.

The school’s investment in new computing and IT facilities reaped rewards for Robbie McNeil, Fraser Young and Angel Jogi.

They all began demanding computer science degrees this autumn.

A particularly strong set of results in sciences saw David Critchlow and Melissa Mee through to study physics degrees at Swansea and Leicester Universities respectively.

English literature student Alex Muir was inspired after winning a summer school scholarship to Lancaster University last year.

She has now started a degree in English literature there following her excellent results (A*AB) in the summer. 

Many students completed voluntary work within the community, and this has led some of them to pursue public service careers.

A number of students also recently embarked upon their training to become primary school teachers, and Iona Frame took up an offer from Dundee University on its child nursing degree.

Head of Sixth Form, Sarah Flanagan, was delighted with both the results and destinations achieved by Academy students.

She said: “Our A-Level results remained very strong last year and our broad curriculum offer meant that creative students also achieved outstanding results.

Berwick Academy students’ hard work, dedication and ambition has led them to a wider range of universities, competitive degree courses and top apprenticeship schemes than ever before.

“We wish them well for the future and would love to hear how they get on at university.”

She is delighted to see the hard work of students and staff paying off.

“In the summer, the percentage of our Berwick Academy sixth formers going into higher education increased again to 69 per cent, which compares significantly to just 55 per cent back in 2014.”

She hopes that, with continued work and investment in these areas, these figures will continue to rise.

“Last year we were delighted that the percentage of students who gained entry into Russell Group universities stayed at 25 per cent of the total sixth form cohort.”