As we entered March 2020, no one could have predicted the way that the next few months would unfold. Year 13, who were working tirelessly, diligently and conscientiously towards their A Level summer examinations, were presented with an unprecedented situation at such an important stage in their education and life. We are incredibly proud of how these young people have coped at this time – their strength, their fortitude and their resilience. It is qualities such as this which will take them far and we have no doubt that all of our students are moving on to bright futures.
As in previous years, the thriving college is delighted that many of the students have chosen to pursue degrees and careers in the health care profession – something that is more poignant than ever this year.
Hoping to follow in the footsteps of our NHS heroes are Brogan Unwin & Kate Mowbray. Kate achieved three A grades in Psychology, Biology and Chemistry and leaves EMS6 to pursue a degree in Medicine at Liverpool University with Brogan opting to study Medicine at Sunderland University after meeting the grade with his fantastic set of results.
Both Freya Turnbull and Chloe Scott are able to fulfil their dreams of studying Mental Health Nursing after securing excellent grades. Freya achieved outstanding results – an A* in Photography with two Distinction* grades in Health & Social Care – with Chloe almost mirroring this success.
A degree in Social Work at Teesside University beckons Louise Tilley as she collects two Distinction* grades in Health and Social Care and a B in Psychology. Fellow student Prisca Chavula is embarking upon a degree in Adult Nursing at Sunderland University after also achieving two Distinction* grades in Health and Social Care and a B in Photography.
However, students at English Martyrs have achieved success across diverse academic fields. Top performing male student, Thomas Bennett, has secured A* grades in Computer Science and Maths with two A grades in Further Maths & Physics. This fantastic set of results allows him to embark upon a highly sought after degree apprenticeship in Computer Science at Leeds University. Thomas fought off tough competition to secure this with the backing of multinational firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The company pay his university fees, as well as paying him a salary, including integrated work placements as part of his degree offer and a guaranteed job with the company once he has successfully completed his degree. An incredible opportunity!
Despite securing a place at Oxford University, Head Student, Josh Cain, has instead chosen to cross the border into Scotland and study Ancient History & Archaeology at the University of St. Andrews, the oldest of the four ancient universities of Scotland. With an A* grade in Law and two A grades in History and Religious Studies, he looks set for future success.
Creative talent is in abundance at EMS6 and this cohort of students is testament to that. Two students will be joining Huddersfield University in September. Hannah Dixon, who achieved three A grades, leaves to study Costume & Textiles, while star of our school musicals, James Ellingford, is leaving us to study Music & Performance.
Other top performing students include Shervon Sarimento with an A* in Graphics and A grades in Art and Product Design, Nathan Hall with A grades in Biology, Chemistry and a B grade in Maths and Eboney Williams with an A* in Art, A grade in Geography and B in English Language.
Here at English Martyrs, we recognise that university is not the right pathway for everyone and our fantastic and specialist careers team help students navigate the opportunities open to them. After both securing excellent results, Kane Emmerson is just a fitness test away from a career in the RAF and Katie Herbert has secured a highly competitive PwC Internship in London.
Headteacher Stephen Hammond said: “We are extremely proud of all of our students. We are pleased that they are able to pursue their intended pathways, which includes places at some of the most prestigious universities, on highly competitive degree courses, including Medicine. I want to take this opportunity to thank the students and staff for all of their hard work throughout their time at the college and I wish them good luck in the future”.
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