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GCSE Results 2019

It is that time of year again when we congratulate all students and hope that they have got their fair reward for their hard work during Key Stage 4.

The Canterbury Academy is a comprehensive school ‘for all the talents’ that has maintained and enhanced pathways for learners of all abilities, aptitudes and skills located on a university style campus for school students and is pleased to have been able to continue to offer its students a wide range of opportunities.

GCSE exams have become more academic but not all students have academic gifts and we should be careful when making judgements about schools based only upon these results. Many students have gifts in the performing or visual arts, or in sport, or in practical learning and too often these appear to be ignored. We are extremely proud of all our students’ achievements across our pillars of excellence in academic learning, sport, performing arts, practical learning and our area wide work in youth, community and extended service.

We are pleased to have once again delivered a very positive set of results. 

The Simon Langton Grammar School stream at the school, which is for students whose gifts are academic, again excelled. Building on last year’s results the children have received more 9-7 (A*- A) than ever before with 177 grades achieved being 9-7 or A*- A.  Most of these students will progress to A level in our sixth form, some taught in partnership with Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, and aim for university.

The school believes that 63% of the year group attained a grade 4 or better in maths or English, which were examinations again made harder this year, with 25% attaining a grade 5 or better in maths and English. 

However, examination results are not the same as educational experience and there are other achievements in schools not recognised in an increasingly narrow curriculum and academic results. The school also values the achievements of the students across a range of activities.

In sport, Ronny Nelson has been awarded a professional scholarship with Gillingham Football Club. Jordan Gillmore has been awarded a professional scholarship with Millwall Football Club. Ben Bayfield has been crowned as the NoraSport Academy Champion in Moto Cross during the year. Tamara Fournillier-Onadeko was named Most Valuable Player in the national Under 16 basketball final; and Sam Alajiki was selected for the Ireland Under 18 3 v 3 Basketball squad and our Boys’ Basketball Under 16 squad are county champions.

The successes in visual and performing arts include a student who has been signed for a recurring role in a CBBC series; Sadie Stedman and Edward Onions both performing Macbeth with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-Upon-Avon; Maizie Theze becoming the undisputed IDO UK Champion in hip hop dance; Niamh Smith being cast in Matthew Bourne’s production of ‘Cinderella’, and for the first time a Canterbury Academy student, Max Weinel, being cast in a lead role in the Marlowe’s annual pantomime. Also, Cooper Stout has released a debut album called ’Stuck’ on iTunes and has been successfully cast on a BBC programme coming to your screens soon.

And, in practical learning, we are excited to launch The Amelix Enterprise Academy, working alongside The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, one of the first in any school nationally.

These GCSE results, and last week’s Sixth Form results, end another very good year for The Canterbury Academy, as part of The Canterbury Academy Trust; with an excellent Ofsted Report paying glowing tribute to this comprehensive school for all the talents. The school continues to enjoy growing popularity, with increased numbers seeking to join it and its Langton grammar school stream, which goes from strength to strength. The school has the largest Sixth Form in Kent, with nearly 150 students hoping to go onto university this summer, including Russell Group and Oxbridge. The students achieved tremendous success in sport at local, regional and national level; remarkable successes in the performing arts with students of all ages appearing on stage, screen and TV; and, various successes in practical learning.

Sixth Form Results 2019

Alex Wilson will be studying Architecture at The University of Kent

Alex Wilson will be studying Architecture at The University of Kent

Lilwen Meyer-Dinkgrafe achieved A*AAA and will be studying Linguistics at York University.

Lilwen Meyer-Dinkgrafe achieved A*AAA and will be studying Linguistics at York University.

Orlando Sparks will now attend Goldsmiths University

Orlando Sparks will now attend Goldsmiths University

The Canterbury Multi Academy Trust congratulates all post 16 students across the city, coast and further afield upon their successes inthe many qualifications and at the variety of levels they have spent one, two or three years studying for.

The Canterbury Academy’s Sixth Form is one of the largest in the country and the largest in Kent, offering students an academic pathway; elite programmes in sport; specialist provision in the performing arts; and, a variety of vocational, applied and enterprise qualifications to industry standard. It is a comprehensive Sixth Form for all the talents, which believes all students are good at something, and in which all gifts, abilities, aptitudes, attainments and achievements should be recognised.

To identify only a minority of students, those typically having done well at 3 or 4 A levels, and implying that their success is somehow more significant than the successes of others is not something we are comfortable doing. Nevertheless, this year, with the continuing development of our partnership with Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, we had more A level students than ever before with nearly 140 applications to go onto university, including to Russell Group universities. For example, Lilwen Meyer-Dinkgrafe achieved A*AA and will be accepting her place to study Linguistics at York University. Also, other notable academic achievements being that of Abbas Valizadeh studying Dentistry at Newcastle University, Orlando Sparks studying International Relations at Goldsmiths University, Katie Smith successfully gaining a place at Royal Veterinary College University and Mahel Koch studying Geography at the University of Bristol.

However, our Sixth Form is not just about A level. There are other qualifications that should be valued and other successes that should also be celebrated. Congratulations to our elite sportsmen and women who have developed in the elite performance provision. Ed Taylor has been representing Sussex Cricket Club at 2nd XI level and will be playing cricket in Sydney over the winter. Some have gone on to university in this country to continue their journey, such as Meg Howarth studying Stadium and Events Management at UCFB and Joel Ogunfemi studying Sports Science and Management at Nottingham Trent University. Rachael Ellerby will be attending the University of Derby to study an Undergraduate Degree in Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation. Whilst some will study abroad, such as Milo Gordon, who has gained a basketball scholarship at the prestigious Vincennes University in Indiana, USA.

We are also delighted to recognise the many successes of our singers, musicians, dancers and actors who attended our elite performing arts institute. Many have gone on to the most prestigious performing arts universities such as Bird College, Performers College and Reynolds Performing Arts Centre. We also have a student due to fly to New York to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. These achievements sit alongside the many students who gained professional representation whilst in the Sixth Form and parts on stage, screen and TV, including ‘Hollyoaks’ and ‘1927’ (a new film directed by Sam Mendes)

Congratulations to all those students who improved their qualifications in maths and English or improved upon other results gained in previous examinations. Congratulations to all those students who achieved work related qualifications. We are delighted, also, for the number of students who will continue in education and those who have gone onto gain employment as Au Pairs, in trainee management positions and various apprenticeships, or who will set up their own businesses. We look forward to welcoming our first cohort into our Amelix Enterprise Academy and continuing to develop The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy this September. Mollie Rose Jordan, Emma Bennett and Ashleigh Refault will begin degrees at Christ Church University to study Primary Education, Childhood Studies and Special Education Needs and Inclusion Studies.

The Canterbury Academy, as part of The Canterbury Academy Trust, will continue to provide a comprehensive Sixth Form for all the talents and it will grow again this year to around 700 students. Anyone interested in our range of programmes and provision should contact the academy, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Kidenza Concerts

Kidenza put on special concerts with a professional orchestra to engage youngsters with live classical music in a fun and interactive way. In the morning five local primary schools came in to take part while our own high school students later attended a more grown-up version of the concert featuring well known music such as Prokofiev’s “Dance of the Knights” – also famous as the theme tune from The Apprentice. Our students conducted themselves superbly and some of the year 7s even got involved by playing the bass drum in the orchestra with a large, fluffy beater!

The whole Canterbury Academy Trust perform Oliver!

24 May 2019

The whole Academy Trust is currently going above and
beyond to put together our forthcoming performance of Oliver!
The cast includes students from the primary school, the secondary
school and the sixth form, who are working together in preparation
for the spectacular shows on 9th and 10th July at The Gulbenkian
Theatre, Canterbury.

Year 7 boys, Freddy Gale and Adam Davie, are
set to play the ‘boy who dared to ask for more’. They, along with
the rest of the cast and crew, look forward to welcoming you to the show!

Tickets are available through the Gulbenkian Theatre Box Office

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