AN ASHTON school is celebrating after its pupils overcame the problems posed by Covid-19 to break all records and achieve outstanding GCSE results.
Students at Great Academy have recorded all kinds of top grades, while combining sporting prowess.
Harrison Pepper achieved top grades in his triple sciences whilst balancing this with his training as a GB national target sprint shooting athlete.
He is off to study Physics, Maths and Computer Science at Ashton Sixth Form College.
Wilson Ijiebora also achieved his eight GCSEs with a Nine in Spanish and top grades in English and maths, having signed terms at Stockport County.
He is now moving to also study an Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development.
Head Students Elisabeth Salumu and Alfie Clifford, who between them have achieved over 20 GCSEs with top grades in English Language, English Literature, Business Studies, French, History, Maths and Physics.
The battle for “top spot” was keenly fought with Hoi Lam Cheung taking the crown by achieving top grades across the board with nine Grade Nines and a Distinction Star.
Hoi Lam is off to study Maths, Chemistry, Further Maths and Physics at Loreto College and aspires to study Astrophysics at university.
She was closely followed by Malaika Majid, Saira Asif, Ayesha Lad, Fatima Butt, Aysha Siddiqa, Jessica Tierney, Isaac Preston and Khatija Mahmood who all achieved straight top grades.
Great Academy’s top spot for progress went to Fahmida Begum, who gained six top grades with a brilliant Grade Nine in her Art with an exceptional display of inspirational talent and a total of 10 Grade Six or above GCSEs.
She was closely followed by Mohanampal Bevananthan and Amani Khan, who also gained more than three GCSE grades higher across the board than would have been traditionally expected
Great Academy principal David Waugh said: “I am simply in awe of everything our young people have achieved and the great positive impact our staff have had.
“I am genuinely moved and in awe of just how well our students have done, they are quite simply the best results we have ever had.
“Their results are so very well deserved and are a great reward for their unwavering dedication to their studies and their participation in school life.
“I do not want to say that our students have achieved in the face adversity because of the global pandemic as these results stand alone as a testament to their greatness and hard work.
“We ask our students to, ‘Be the best possible version of themselves,’ in every aspect of school life and this year group has certainly done that, surpassing all previous records set.
“I am truly humbled to see how well each and every one of them has achieved.”
Great Academy Ashton Class of 2021 have achieved outstanding results and they all now move on to college and their next stages in life with a passport of qualifications to allow them to continue this success into their futures.
The Broadoak Road school insists results day is about every single one of our 264 students and their own individual achievements.
With students gaining exceptional attainment and progress outcomes the competition for that top attainment spot was fierce.
A spokesman added: “The progress they have made has been phenomenal and is an inspirational example of being the absolute best possible version of themselves.”