A Level Results August 2021

Sixth Form Press Release


Tuesday 10th August 2021


Oxford Spires Academy’s Sixth Formers continue to go from strength to strength, with this year’s cohort achieving some fantastic results in their A levels and vocational qualifications. For the fourth year running, outcomes have further strengthened across the board, with 31% of students achieving A* and A grades, and 82% achieving A* to C grades.

As an inclusive mixed ability Sixth Form we are delighted to see that students of all abilities have surpassed target grades and many have overcome personal adversity in this very challenging year in order to achieve grades of which we can all be proud.

We are delighted to report that almost all of this year’s Year 13 students have secured their first choice of university place including 5 at Oxford University and others going into competitive courses such as medicine. Some of our students have also secured high value apprenticeships and traineeships.

Our top-performing students have done particularly well and amongst a large number of students gaining top grades we would like to mention the following with 4 A* grades at A Level: Felix Henson who will be going to the University of Bath to study Maths; Joseph Araujo will be going to the University of St Andrews also to study Math; Linnet Drury going to Pembroke College Oxford to study Maths & Philosophy and Adam Al-Khalidi to St John’s College Oxford to study Engineering.

With 3 A* grades at A Level and A* in Extended Projects we have Posey Whidden going to Vassar College USA; Anna Beekmayer going to Corpus Christi College Oxford to read Biomedical Sciences; Laura Bell going to Durham University to read Engineering; Sara Al-Dahwi going to Keble College Oxford to study Medicine and Annie Davison going to the University of York to read English. Finally, with 3 A*s and a Distinction* in Sport BTEC is Dan Shaw going to Durham University to read Chemistry.

Commenting on this year’s results, Principal Marianne Blake said:
“I am really proud of the accomplishments of all our students this year. We have a rising academic profile and remain committed to providing an inclusive Sixth Form for our local community. The vast majority of our students will progress into university this year and many have been successful in securing their first choice.

I would like to take the opportunity to recognise and thank our staff for working hard to support and encourage our students particularly given the extreme challenges of this year. I know that we are all rightly very proud of our students and their achievements and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”

Chris Scrivener, Chair of the Local Governing Body, commented:
“Students have worked very hard, and with much success, in difficult conditions. Our teachers have also worked hard and drawn on their experience and expertise in teaching to ensure students are well supported in their learning. In the absence of formal examinations, teachers are best placed to judge standards of attainment.

Governors are proud of these achievements in a time of Covid-related closures, bubbles and changes to examination awarding procedures.”