GCSE results 2016: Thomas Alleyne Academy, Stevenage

Thomas Alleyne Academy students Nicole Brown, Daniel Zeng and Darren Darby with their GCSE results.

Thomas Alleyne Academy students Nicole Brown, Daniel Zeng and Darren Darby with their GCSE results. - Credit: Archant

The headteacher at Stevenage’s Thomas Alleyne Academy said GCSE results had ‘improved significantly’ on last year and congratulated students on their efforts.

Thomas Alleyne Academy student Nicole Brown.

Thomas Alleyne Academy student Nicole Brown. - Credit: Archant

Under the new Progress 8 measures introduced this year, half of Thomas Alleyne students achieved grades at A*-C in both English and mathematics.

Head Mark Lewis said: “These results confirm Ofsted’s judgement that we are a good school that continues to rapidly improve. We have delivered against the new progress measures introduced by this government and our results have improved significantly against last year’s performance.

“We would like to extend our congratulations to all our students. These results reflect the hard work and dedication of our students, and the support they received from their parents and our staff.

“We look forward to continuing to work with our students as they progress onto the excellent post-16 A-level, vocational and apprenticeship programmes delivered through our wider partnership with North Hertfordshire College.”

Among the most notable performances were Nicole Brown and Daniel Zeng who both achieved 7 grades A*-A.

Nicole said: “I’m so happy and relieved that I got good results – five years of hard work has really paid off. I’d like to thank all of my teachers at Thomas Alleynes – they helped me a lot and definitely believed in me.

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“The support and quality of teaching has been fantastic, it has all contributed to me getting these results and I feel so grateful to the school for that.”

Sarah Cuffe and Akhila Shaji were also celebrating as they achieved six grades at A*-A, along with Darren Darby who achieved five A*-A grades.

Sarah said: “I was absolutely terrified last night about receiving my results, but they’ve gone really well – better than expected. I’d like to eventually go on to do veterinary science at university, so these grades have set me up well to get there.

“I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Thomas Alleynes, it’s been amazing, I’ve made so many friends here and have great memories from the past five years.”