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Dramatic increase in GCSE achievement for Richard Barnes Academy

Students at Richard Barnes Academy in Peterborough are celebrating a year of excellent GCSE exam results.
Nick Morley, principal of Richard Barnes Academy, says the school is thrilled with its GCSE results

This year, a number of students at the Thomas Deacon Education Trust school achieved fantastic results.

Paris Abrantes secured five qualifications at level 4-9, including GCSE grade 4 in English and grade 5 in Maths.

Becky Carpenter also achieved five qualifications at level 4-9, including grade 4 in English, grade 5 in Maths and grade 6 in Art.

Both Paris and Becky achieved a Level 2 Distinction in their Health & Social Care qualification.

Ulvis Ozolins received five qualifications at level 1-9 including GCSE grade 4 in English, grade 7 in Maths, and grade 1 in Art and is moving onto to study Business at Stamford College.

Kayleigh Stapleton received five qualifications at level 4-9, including GCSE grade 3 in English, grade 5 in Maths, and Level 2 Distinction in Children's Play, Learning and Development. She will be studying Childcare at Peterborough Regional College from September.

Other student successes included Mackenzie Farrington, who achieved five qualifications including GCSE grade 5 in English and grade 6 in Maths, and Chloe Grigas who received five qualifications, including GCSE grade 4 in English, grade 5 in Maths, and grade 4 in Art.

Previously known as Peterborough's Pupil Referral Unit, Richard Barnes Academy provides specialist primary and secondary education for pupils in the city aged between four and 16 who have been permanently excluded from school, or who are at risk of permanent exclusion.

The school aims to integrate as many of these pupils as possible back into mainstream education.

Principal Nick Morley said: “We are thrilled with this excellent set of GCSE results. Our leaners have overcome so many challenges this year to get to where they are today and should be so proud of their accomplishments.

“A big thank you to our brilliant colleagues who have worked so hard to ensure our learners are engaged, motivated and encouraged to be the best that they can be – they really have done a tremendous job.”

Due to exam cancellations as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, results were based on teacher-assessed grades this year. These were estimated based on performance in mocks and progress assessments, as well as attainment throughout the course.