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Year 11 Success Celebrated at Awards Evening

A celebration evening was held at Kettering Science Academy to honour GCSE students following a rise of almost a fifth in the numbers achieving top grades this summer.

The Academy held a Presentation Evening on Thursday, September 29th to recognise the high achieving and hard-working GCSE students who either excelled in a subject or demonstrated a commitment and determination to succeed.

This summer, 71% of the year group achieved 5 or more A* to C grades, compared to 54% last year. Principal Martin Campbell told the students and families who attended the evening: "This increase means the Academy has one of the fastest growing percentage rates in the country. There are a number of students here who ensured that this school achieved its highest-ever rate of A*s and As.

"Although results aren't everything, they allow you to make choices. This evening is about achievement and success - not just academic success but those who had the right attitude. They had a 'can do' attitude rather than a 'that will do' attitude."

The top prize - Highest Achievement Awards - went to Jatinder Singh, who achieved the most amount of A* to A grades, and Ania Straus, who exceeded her targets in 8 subjects and picked up 7 A*s and 4 As.

Jatinder said: "I'm over the moon to win. I did put a lot of work in so it's nice to stand out. I just thought, there's no point hanging around. I want a career in medicine so that's what motivated me."

Ania said: "I was very happy because I worked hard and I revised a lot. I just think you should try to be the best version of yourself that you can be. You should always try to beat your own goals."

The guest speaker for the evening was Nathaniel Peat, who has visited KSA previously with his company, The Safety Box.  Nathaniel, who is an entrepreneur, pilot, musician, martial arts expert and public speaker, told the students to shake off any limitations and to always aim high.

Click here to see photos from the evening.