Two years after Lydiard Park Academy in Grange Park accepted its first students into a new established 6th Form, the first set of A level and vocational results have been announced.
Despite being a new venture, the results have put the school firmly in the top half of schools and colleges nationally at the first attempt with 96 per cent of entries resulting in a pass grade and 83 per cent of students achieving three or more A*-E grades at A level (or their equivalent).
The headline achievers are:
Rebekah Bissex of Toothill who gained A*, A, A grades in Literature, History and Fine Art and will now complete a Foundation Art year at Swindon College before going on to study art at university.
Oliver Chamberlain of Westlea who gained A*, A, A, B and A grades in Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Further Maths and Extended Project. Oliver will now study Material Science at Queen Mary University, London.
Oliver Cook of Freshbrook who gained three A grades from A levels in Biology, Economics and Geography and will study Geography at University College, London
Ryan Hawkins of Grange Park who gained A, B, B, B grades in Literature, Economics, Psychology and Extended Project and will now study Literature at Reading University.
Bradley Upfold of Westlea who gained A, B, C and A* grades in Economics, Psychology, Maths and Extended Project and has a place to study Business at Bournemouth University.
LPA has also been able to offer some vocational level 3 courses and the top performer on these was Prakash Soni of Grange Park who gained a starred Distinction in Cambridge Technicals ICT and a double distinction in BTec First in Sport. Prakash will now study Football and Business Management at the University of Buckinghamshire and will be based in Wembley Stadium.
Lydiard Park Academy orincipal Clive Zimmerman said: “It’s been a huge undertaking for the school to extend provision to Sixth Form level but it was something we felt was sorely needed if West Swindon pupils were to fulfil their potential.
“Getting such good results the first time round is both a huge relief and a testament to the hard work of everyone on the staff who has made this happen. Perhaps best of all is the knowledge that nearly three quarters of our sixth formers will now progress to university – which is a massive step forward for our pupils compared with what happened before we opened a sixth form.”
Pictured below, looking back to September 2014 when the first students started 6th Form courses at Lydiard Park Academy