Cowes Enterprise College celebrates student achievements

Students at Cowes Enterprise College are celebrating today following receiving their GCSE results, enabling them to embark on the next chapter of their education.

Staff and students joined together to celebrate the many achievements, at the end of what has been another unusual year in light of COVID-19 and the cancellation of examinations.

Despite this, the academy, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), has seen continued success with some of the standout individual achievements including:

· Lotti Heatcote who successfully achieved 9 in biology, physics, chemistry, maths, English literature, geography and Spanish, Distinction * in Sport Studies and 8 in English and Art.

· Gabby Hippolite who successfully achieved 9 in biology, physics, chemistry, , design technology, geography and Spanish, Distinction * in ICT/Media and 8 in Maths, English literature and English. She also successfully completed her Duke of Edinburgh Silver.

· Rufus Reader successfully achieved 9 in History, Music, Distinction* in ICT/Media and 8 in Drama, English, English Literature, Maths, Combined Science and Spanish. He will continue to study A Levels at Cowes Enterprise College.

· Freddie Newton successfully achieved 9 in English, Geography, PE and Distinction* in Sport Studies and ICT/Media. 8 in Chemistry and Maths; and 7 in biology, physics, English literature and Spanish. He will go on to study A Levels at Cowes Enterprise College.

To combat the additional challenges faced by students and to support success, rigorous curriculum recovery plans were implemented alongside bespoke revision and intervention plans.

Rachel Kitley, Principal at Cowes Enterprise College, said:

“Despite an unusual couple of years, students have risen to the occasion and proved themselves time and time again, exhibiting strength, resilience and compassion. I couldn’t be prouder of them as they collect their GCSE results, which are extremely well-deserved and a testament to all their hard work under challenging circumstances.

“I’d also like to thank everyone who has been supportive throughout the year, particularly staff and family members. I know they’ll all join me in cheering on our students as they take their next steps.”

This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government decided that young people’s grades would be determined by teachers, based on work students produced throughout their course. These grades were then moderated and assessed by external exam boards which awarded the final grades.