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Year 11 results 2021

Exam success for Year 11

This morning, Year 11 students at The de Ferrers Academy, Trent Campus, arrived bright and early, eagerly anticipating their results.

This year, following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic.


Kathy Hardy, Principal said:

We are immensely proud of how our students stepped up to the challenges faced and their subsequent achievements. There have been lots of happy tears today from students and parents - it has been lovely to welcome everyone this morning. Our staff teams have worked relentlessly to ensure students of all abilities are all able to progress onto successful next steps including college, apprenticeships and our own Sixth Form.   There are many good news stories to be told and celebrated.”

This was also echoed by Ian McNeilly, Chief Executive of the de Ferrers Trust.  

The last two years have been difficult for many people across society, including those working in education.These grades and the success stories behind them are a reflection of the hard work put in by students, teachers and other staff.

I would like to thank my colleagues for their dedication and industry as well as congratulating all of our fine young people on their achievements.

We wish everybody well and look forward to many of our students remaining with us for their Post-16 studies.


Lesley WellsChair of Governors sent her congratulations to everyone for their achievements.

Greg Hand, Vice Principal and Head of the Trent campus said:

This has been the most challenging 18 months for everyone, but the versatility and drive demonstrated by our year 11 cohort has been utterly incredible. They are an amazing group of young, passionate individuals and their success is a true reflection of the hard work and dedication put in by everyone at the academy. I am overwhelmed with pride for these amazing students


Photos and quotes from students:

Sam Barclay said, “The GCSE experience had been tough but friends and staff had made it fun. Lockdown was inconvenient but hard work made it doable”. Sam achieved 6 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and Level 2 distinction now goes on to The de Ferrers Sixth form to study A Levels in Business Studies, Maths and Biology.

Jasmin Bowley said, “The results I’ve achieved are better than I could have hoped for. The teachers have been so supportive, as have all of my friends and family”. Jasmin goes on to The de Ferrers Sixth Form to study Psychology, English Literature and Biology after achieving 7 grade 9s, 1 grade 8 and a Level 2 Distinction star.”

Alex Garrett, who achieved 5 grade 9s, 1 grade 8 and 2 grade 7s now goes on to Denstone College to study Maths, Physics, Business Studies and Level 3 Btec sport. Alex said, “I am sad to leave de Ferrers, I love it here, but the sporting opportunities are just too good to turn down". Alex plays for Leicester Tigers Rugby Club.

Janitha Hewawasan Ranaweerage was one of the students who made the most progress at the academy. He achieved on average almost 3 grades above his targets in every subject. Janitha said, “I love the environment at de Ferrers, everyone is so supportive and friendly”. He now goes on to The de Ferrers Sixth Form to study Geography, Business Studies and Economics.

Lauren Stretch and Leah Jones are both going onto The de Ferrers Academy Sixth Form. Lauren will be studying Psychology, Sociology, Geography and Business Studies. Leah is studying Business Studies, History and French. Both girls were over the moon with their results and said that the assessment process was very intense, but the support has been amazing. Both girls are really looking forward to staying on at  the Sixth Form.


Phoebe Edwards, Aaliyah Mukasa, Holly Foster and Evie Hetherington have all done exceptionally well achieving between them 18 grade 9s, 8 grade 8s, 8 grade 7s and 2 Level 2 distinctions.

Aaliyah Mukasa is also the highest performing student in terms of progress, achieving on average 3 grades above her target in every one of her subjects. An incredible achievement. Aaliyah now goes on to The de Ferrers Academy Sixth Form to study Psychology, Biology and Chemistry.

Millie Land, pictured here with Alex Garrett, was the highest performing student in the academy achieving 8 grade 9s and 1 grade 8. Millie said that she was most happy with achieving her grade 8 in Maths. Millie now goes on to study Business Studies, Geography and English Language at The de Ferrers Sixth Form but said, “Now I have achieved these results, I may look at going into Brain Surgery in the future! I am really happy and all of the staff have been fantastic, both during lessons and during lockdown”.