A Level results: Petchey Academy celebrate first cohort’s top grades

Saoirse Purtill-Coxall is the first student to be offered a place at Oxford University from the Petc

Saoirse Purtill-Coxall is the first student to be offered a place at Oxford University from the Petchey Academy. - Credit: Archant

Celebrations are in full swing as the first set of A-Level results at the Petchey Academy in Hackney are announced.

The inaugural cohort at the Stoke Newington school in Shacklewell Lane has achieved a 94.3 per cent pass rate in a minimum of three subjects, and a 100 per cent pass rate in at least two.

More than half of the students achieved three or more A* to B grades (or equivalent) and 80 per cent achieved one of the top three grades.

A total of 17 students achieved more than 800 points with 12 students exceeding the 400 plus UCAS point score, bringing the academy an average point score of 723 which exceeds last year’s local and national average.

Some 90 per cent of students who applied to university have secured their first or second choice, but the school said this was likely to increase to 100 per cent after clearing.

The academy’s specialist subjects are health, care and medical sciences, biology, chemistry, physics, pharmacology, sports science and psychology – and 35 per cent of students have secured places at university studying in those fields.

One of the many success stories is Saoirse Purtill-Coxall, the first student to be offered and accept a place at the University of Oxford (Oriel College) to read history and politics.

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Meanwhile student principal 2012 to 2013 Cassie Fasan has accepted a place at the University of East London to study pharmacology, Adam Hawkins will go to the University of Manchester to study chemistry and Hugh Littlehails will go to the University of Glasgow to study astrophysics.

A spokesman for the academy said: “The staff, students and governors are delighted with our first set of A Level results. Our inaugural cohort have achieved so much over the past seven years and, along with the staff, have been the architects and designers of our academy’s curriculum, traditions and Petchey Way. The first set of results provide an excellent foundation to build future success.”

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