GCSE Results 2013

Students have excelled in core subjects at an academy that is marking its tenth anniversary year with its best GCSE results to date.

The King’s Academy, in Coulby Newham, hit 58 per cent in the national benchmark of students gaining at least five A*-C grades including English and mathematics.

When science is included as well the figure remained high at 58 per cent.

Twenty three per cent of students achieved the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) which demands a C or higher in English, mathematics, a science, a foreign language and a humanities subject.

The successful year group was led by Ben Rowden, who has combined his GCSEs with representing the young people of Middlesbrough as Member of the Youth Parliament (MYP).

However, Ben, from Marton, who was voted in as MYP on a mandate of fighting to keep youth centres open, stamping out negative stereotyping and tackling youth unemployment, is keeping his career options open and may use his seven A*s and three As to pursue politics, science or law.

The other top performers at The King’s Academy were:

Oliver Evans – seven A*s, three As
Shamima Akhtar – five A*s, four As, one B
Leah Homer – five A*s, four As, one B
Ashleigh Spencer – four A*s, five As, one B
James Smith-Storrow – four A*s, four As, two Bs
Thomas Cave – three A*s, six As, two Bs
Rebekah Ruddick – three A*s, five As, one B, one C
Michael Murphy – three A*s, three As, four Bs, one C
Lauren Edwards – three A*s, three As, four Bs
Thomas Nicholson – three A*s, two As, five Bs
Sidrah Naheem – three Dist*, two As, two Cs.

Principal Chris Drew said: “We are delighted for our students that they have performed so well in this year’s GCSEs, especially for EBacc and given the tougher marking and grade boundary regimes imposed for English and mathematics.

“Success in the core subjects is critical for young people so to have hit 58 per cent including English, mathematics and science as well is very encouraging.”

Many of the students will be staying on at The King’s Academy to take advantage of the £1.2m investment made in Sixth Form facilities, including a new study and research centre.

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Ben Rowden MYP

A young politician has achieved a string of top GCSEs while representing the young people of Middlesbrough in the Youth Parliament.

Ben Rowden 2Ben Rowden,16, who goes to The King’s Academy, in Coulby Newham, was voted in as MYP in February 2012 and managed to honour his politics commitments and still study hard through “good time management”.

It paid off, as Ben celebrated seven A*s, three As and an A in AS level critical thinking.

It’s what I wanted and what I’d hoped for, so I’m very happy, especially with the A*s in physics and chemistry,” he said.

“I had to prioritise my schoolwork during term time but I had a duty as MYP as well so we put together a small team that I could delegate some work to. It balanced out during the holidays when I could spend  more time visiting and speaking to young people.”

He also went to the House of Commons in November and attended the annual sitting of the Youth Parliament held recently in Leeds.

It’s been a really enlightening experience and I’ve learned a lot about how things work,  how much time it can take to achieve things and also how rewarding it is when things have gone well.”

He counts the launch of the Jobs for Youth initiative in Middlesbrough and promoting the positive activities of young people in the media among his achievements.

When I came in there wasn’t really a structure for youth politics in Middlesbrough so my term has been about laying the groundwork for whoever comes after me so they can keep on building.”

Ben, from Marton, will stay on in The King’s Academy Sixth Form to study chemistry, biology or physics, German and maths at A level.

I love it here, it’s such a good school,” he added. “The teaching and support is great and you get fantastic extracurricular opportunities.

“I’ve been to Paris and Berlin on educational trips, skiing in Austria and I was a crew member on a week-long voyage on a Tall Ship. That was amazing. I was a bit of a wimp when it came to heights but having climbed the mast on the ship it doesn’t bother me any more.”

Ben, who completes his term as MYP in February next year, is keeping his options open when it comes to career choice and is undecided over pursuing medicine or law.

I’ve always said I think politicians should have another career first so if I go back to politics it probably won’t be until my 30s.”