Banbury Academy saw an increase of 15 percent, of students with two or more A Levels achieving an A* to B grades.
Increases continued across the entire grade range as the Academy reported nine and 19 percent increases for students receiving A* to C and A* to E grades respectively. Among the stellar performers at Banbury Academy as Ben Crosby who’s three A* grades will see him head to Birmingham to pursue a Law degree. Ben said: “I was happy with the exams after I finished but I am surprised at the three A*s but I worked really hard so I feel I deserved it.” Identical twins Alice and Grace Bushrod had almost identical results with both girls studying Sociology, English Language and English Literature and both securing university places to study Sociology. Grace, who will be heading to Brighton University, said: “That was my first choice, so I am quite happy. I really didn’t expect those grades especially the A star so I’m really surprised.”
Emma Colley’s grades of an A and two Bs were even more remarkable given that she was diagnosed with M.E. three years ago. M.E. often referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, effects some 250,000 people in the UK the majority of which are young women. The condition can be debilitating and can render sufferers unable to perform even the simplest of tasks.
Formerly a student at the Warriner Emma has thrived at the academy despite requiring frequent days at home.
Her mother Sharon said: “She came here, they took her on here and they have been absolutely fantastic. I can’t praise them enough to be honest, the teachers, the support, nothing has been too much trouble.”
She added: “I’m so proud, I’m just over the moon.”