Sunderland’s newest sixth form is off to a flying start

Celebrations at Southmoor Academy Sixth Form.
Celebrations at Southmoor Academy Sixth Form.
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Staff and pupils at Wearside’s latest sixth form are celebrating being off to a flying start.

Southmoor Academy opened its sixth form centre in September and the first set of AS results are a good indicator of things to come.

Sammy Wright, head of the Ryhope Road school’s sixth form said they are delighted with the results of the first formal exam and looking forward to the challenge ahead.

The sixth form was opened as the only non-faith school sixth form in Sunderland giving more choice to young people in the city.

Mr Wright said: “The results are very good with 99% of our students gaining a pass, with 17% of them gaining at least three As and Bs – something which puts us well on track to beat national averages in our very first year of full A-level results in 2016.

“Of course, there are always ups and downs, particularly in AS results, which contain modules that many students go on to resit in year 13.

“But, many of our students have done superbly already, with individual results ranging from AAA to ABBB that will put them in pole position for the top university places.

“For those few who were disappointed with their results, I want to say a huge well done – after all, this is only the half way point, and historically, results do improve between AS and A2. We are now expecting superb things not only from the A-level results, but also from the future careers and university destinations of our first cohort.”

Southmoor Academy’s retake students also did well, with all those resitting GCSE English gaining their coveted C grade.

Mr Wright said: “Our teachers too deserve some real congratulations.

“Whether it is the excellent performance across core subjects, including both English Language and Literature, or the real individual stand-outs – the Maths department ensuring that 100% of students gained at least a C in AS maths, or psychology scoring 27% A grades – they have really outdone themselves.”