We go behind the scenes to talk to celebrating students at Thomas Clarkson Academy, Wisbech, following a great set of A-Level results
PUBLISHED: 18:37 18 August 2017
Four high flying students from Thomas Clarkson Academy are celebrating after being accepted at prestigious Russell Group Universities, for the first time in the school's history.
Joseph Moore will be studying at the University of Leeds and Rosa Djalo is going to the University of Manchester, while Nathan Thomas and Abbie Murray are both heading for the University of Southampton.
Joseph is celebrating an amazing set of results with A grades in maths, further maths and chemistry and a B in physics. He is going to study a four- year chemical engineering Masters degree.
He said: ‘My father was an engineer so I have that kind of background and I have always been interested in maths and science so this degree combines them all.
“Leeds is a good university and they provide a lot of support. The course seems very good and it specialises in some of the stuff that I am interested in at the minute.
“I am really pleased with my results and put them down to hard work and determination!’
Rosa will study languages and finance after getting B grades in Portuguese, Spanish and French.
She said: ‘I really like languages and am strong in them although French was definitely the one I had to work hardest at.
“The principal said that because I had got these grades I was capable of going to one of the Russell Group universities so she was telling me about the different options I could do. I always wanted to either study languages or finance as I want to work in an international company, something really big.’
Nathan, who achieved A grades in chemistry and biology, a B in physics and a C in maths, is going to study chemistry.
He said: ‘I love chemistry; it has always been my favourite subject. I got an A* for it at GCSE and so I knew that was where my strength lay.
“I wanted to go to a good university so I decided to apply to Southampton. It is a four year course as it has a Masters element as well.
“I wouldn’t mind becoming a science teacher but I have been advised I should get some life experience, like in industry first but teaching is going to be my go-to career at the end of it. I joined TCA at the beginning of Year 12 and have enjoyed it here. “Everyone has been very welcoming and in these two years I have made so many friends and I would definitely recommend the sixth form.’
Abbie is celebrating her A grade in sociology, B in Business Studies and C in psychology.
She said: ‘I am most pleased about my psychology result as I will study criminology and psychology at the University of Southampton.
“It is a really nice place and I have always wanted to do psychology and have aspired to get into a Russell Group university since I was little.
“I want to be a cold case investigator because I love looking at crime cases and the psychology behind them. I love unsolved mysteries!’
Zoology and architecture are two of the more unusual degree courses that Thomas Clarkson students are looking forward to starting.
Beth Ellerby, who achieved A Levels in maths, biology and French, is heading to Hull to do a three year zoology degree.
She said: ‘The course is like biology but on a larger scale so you look at ecology and the whole environment rather than just specifics. I am hoping that it might eventually lead to a career in conservation. I will miss Thomas Clarkson but I am happy to be moving to a new place.’
Aironas Budrys was ecstatic after being offered a place at his first choice, the University of Central Lancashire to study a seven year architecture degree after securing A Levels in product design and IT.
He said: ‘I didn’t get the results I needed but I contacted my first choice directly and the person who had interviewed me said he was really impressed by my work, so he saw potential and eagerness in me.
“I had prepared by meeting professional architects in London and Cambridge to find out more about it as a career.
“I looked at every university with an architecture course but the one I wanted was Preston, the city is so beautiful and there is amazing landscape, hills and scenery. “Everyone was so friendly I just fell in love with the place!’
Sixth form students and staff toasted the school’s A-Level success on after discovering that its results improved from 2016 – with the number of students achieving an A-A-B profile rising from 0 per cent to 14 per cent.
The average grade also improved, along with the average point score per entry, meaning that 81 per cent of students will be packing up their belongings and heading to university in September.
Principal Anne Hill said: “We are absolutely delighted as, for the first time in the school’s history, 20 per cent of our student cohort have secured places in prestigious Russell Group universities.
“The results have improved on last year; the average grade has gone up.
“Our vocational results are outstanding and the students have absolutely surpassed themselves but the headline for us is that our academic A-level results are significantly better with vastly improved university destinations and students accessing a wide range of university courses.
“The hard work and commitment of our students, and the whole school community, has definitely paid off. “However, we are now looking forward to building on this success and achieving even more next year.”