Students put in first class performances in GCSEs

Actors, musicians and singers have taken centre stage with a string of top results at a Middlesbrough academy.

Alicia Glasgow, who starred as the White Witch in this year’s production of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, at The King’s Academy, scooped five grade 9s and intends to study drama and theatre studies at the academy Sixth Form.

Fellow performer Kendle Hill, who played Mrs Beaver in Narnia and is an outstanding individual lead singer, achieved four 9s and an 8 and plans to stay on at The King’s Academy to study Rockschool Level 3 Certificate in music performance/technology alongside A Levels in drama and English literature.

The Rockschool (Level 2) certificate in Music Performance debuted at the academy this year and all students who took the course, taught by Mr Andy Power, achieved top grades. Imogen Stokes and Isobel Wilson achieved distinctions (formerly grade A) while Atlanta Chapman, Eve Bennett, Jack Duffield and Rosie Nixon achieved merit.

Mathematicians were also among the top performers at The King’s Academy. Adam Bulman, George Knaggs and Moftah Dhafr each achieved five grade 9s and two grade 8s and intend to study maths and further maths at A Level.

Amie Baker who, alongside five grade 8s and a nine, studied in her own time to achieve the top grade in child development, alongside fellow student Mea Sinclair-Smith.

Principal David Dawes said: “As we continue to transition into new exam specifications with all courses now being ‘reformed’, we’re encouraged to see many students achieving an excellent set of results. We congratulate them and their teachers today for their hard work and commitment.”

“Students are now enrolling for our Sixth Form onto a superb range of courses offering future pathways to employment, further training or university. They can also look forward to outstanding range of extracurricular activities and enrichment that are core to The King’s Sixth Form, including leadership positions in the school and in activities such as Duke of Edinburgh and our Royal Marines Combined Cadet Force.”

In addition to traditional A Levels, at which King’s students excel and go on to top universities to study courses including medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary science, engineering and airline piloting, they can also study a wide range of courses including IT application developer, business, health and social care, food science and applied science, leading to employment, apprenticeships or university.