Posted on: 13th August 2020
It’s around this time of year when we are writing press releases and taking photos of our brilliant students leaping in the air with their A level results. This year it’s a little different but the achievement of our students is no less incredible. In fact, this year the achievements of our post 16 students are huge and they deserve our respect and support as they move to the next stage in their lives.
We know that our post 16 students are resilient, accomplished and outstanding young adults and during the pandemic, they had to adopt a different approach to their studies. Many of them have been with us since year 7 and this definitely isn’t how we wanted their time at NEWA to end. So, whilst they pick their results up today, safely, there won’t be cameras to record the moment but we wanted to say how proud we are of them. We want to say that we are here for them to support them and to ensure that they have everything they need to move forward and be the best that they can be.
Principal, Craig Cooling said: “We have come such a long way in my first 12 months at NEWA and I’ve been delighted with the progress made right across the Academy, especially the sixth form. I’m sad that I haven’t had more time to be able to work with our post 16 students but now our job is to be here for them and ensure that we answer questions, support with university applications and look after their mental health and wellbeing.
“The accomplishment of these students over their time in our sixth form is nothing short of remarkable and I am incredibly proud of them and the staff who have been with them on their journey. I’d urge them to keep striding forwards and never forget how far they’ve come. I hope that they are able to enjoy their moment and urge them to do so safely.”
“Despite how difficult this process has been, our students have shone as bright as they could ever shine. This generation of young people has overcome adversity and serve as an inspiration to all NEWA students. I believe in our young people, in NEWA and I know that these challenging times will only make us more resolute to be the best.”
Director of Sixth Form, Kate Everitt-Smith said: “We are happy with our headline figure which shows that student attainment has doubled over the last three years with a significant increase in the pass rate to 93%. However, today is about individual student achievements and there are a number of students with incredible stories who will be going to university to continue their learning journey. I’m proud of the way that our students have conducted themselves throughout this pandemic and their achievements to date. I have no doubt they will go onto greater things in the world of work and at university.
“If students have any queries or concerns regarding their results they should speak to a member of staff as soon as possible; we have a dedicated support team on site today. We’ve also produced a set of frequently asked questions that can be accessed on our website.”