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I don’t think I’ll ever forget the experience – Duke’s GCSE results day

Monica Duncan, Principal of Duke’s Aldridge Academy, congratulated students on a strong set of GCSE and vocational results today. Mrs. Duncan said: “English and maths results are significantly better than those achieved in 2019 when public exams were last taken, both in terms of passes and the numbers of students achieving the top grades.

In the separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) 79% of students achieved top grades 9-7 in all three subjects and we also saw strong performances in Computer Science, Sociology, Design Technology and Textiles. I congratulate our Year 11 students who have been well-rewarded for their dedication and hard work during what has been the most challenging of times. I would also extend our sincere thanks to parents for their ongoing support and to staff for their efforts and dedication on behalf of our students.”

Eight of Duke’s top attaining students have achieved an average Grade 8 or better across 10 or 11 subjects. Two of them, Karima Khanom and Norbert Bumbar, achieved an astonishing ten awards at Grade 9. Karima said: “With all the support from my teachers, friends and family, it would have been harder to fail than get the grades I got.”

Norbert added: "These last five years have been as equally challenging as they have been rewarding, however it was all worth it for these grades." Fernando Marin Felix, who joined the academy from Spain less than three years ago and who was able to speak very little English at that time, has been awarded seven grade 9s and three grade 8s.

Reflecting on the last year Keeti Tolera commented: “I’m very happy with my results and although it’s been a challenging year for everyone, everything we’ve been through as a whole has taught me self-discipline and how hard you need to work for great results! Zeinab Ahmed said: “I am eternally grateful to the immense support given by the school. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the experience I’ve had, the friends I’ve made or the forever encouraging teachers. Thank you for the amazing support off and online for these past couple of years. I was able to grow so much as a person and so I will truly miss this school and everyone in it.”

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