Retford Post 16 Centre

The world is their oyster – Retford Post 16 students celebrate A Level success

Students at Retford Post 16 Centre are today looking forward to bright futures after a set of excellent A level results.

The centre is a collaboration between Retford Oaks Academy, The Elizabethan Academy and North Notts College, open to all young people in the wider Bassetlaw region who meet its entry criteria.

There were a number of wonderful student success stories on the day, including Sanaa Asim, who achieved an A* in English, an A in German and grade Bs in history and media. Sanaa will now be taking up her place to study German and Arabic at the prestigious St Hilda’s College, Oxford University.

The centre’s head boy and head girl are also celebrating considerable success. Abigail Robinson’s A grades in geography and biology and B in chemistry have secured her a place at the University of Leeds to study environmental science. Tatenda Nyatoro, who achieved a grade A in English, a B in biology and a D in chemistry, leaves the centre to study clinical science at the University of Bradford.

Joint-leads at the centre, Gemma Murphy (associate principal at Retford Oaks Academy) and Jason White (vice principal at The Elizabethan Academy), said: “Once again this year, our students have shown themselves to be worthy of their places here, demonstrating the incredibly strong work ethic and the focus required to excel.

“Well over a third of our students received the top grades and we have had particular successes in English and sociology, where results were above the national average.

“Our students have been great role models for our academies, showing high levels of maturity and independence during their time at Retford Post 16 – something we are particularly proud of.  We look forward to hearing of their future accomplishments, of which we have no doubt there will be many, and we are thrilled to see them take their next steps into higher education, employment and further training.

“The results show that the changes we have made at the centre since September are paying dividends, with many subjects posting better results than last year. There is a lot of talk in the press about how much harder the new exams are this year, so we are delighted with a pass rate of just under 99%.”

John Connolly, Principal at North Notts College, said: “Technical and vocational courses are a key part of the curriculum at Retford Post 16 Centre and we extend our congratulations to the high-achieving students studying these courses with us, and to all students receiving their results today. All have a great future as they move on to degree-level study.”