Federation’s amazing range of individual talent

Published on: 01 Sep 2014

WIA NEWBUILD

Recent result days and alumni successes continue to demonstrate how the Academies of The Ridings’ Federation adhere to their vision statement ‘Achieving success through motivation, knowledge and skills’. 

The Ridings’ Federation of Academies was established in 2009 in order to enhance and sustain educational standards in South Gloucestershire. As a result, £35 million was invested in new facilities at Yate International Academy and Winterbourne International Academy with the new builds opening in September 2012 and September 2014 respectively. 

Nurturing students potential is at the core of learning and student life at both Winterbourne and Yate academies, and it boasts an impressive range of alumni who have regularly hit the headlines. This year alone Jenny Jones won a Winter Olympic Bronze medal, Nathan Filer won Costa Book of the Year and Levanna McClean won fans on YouTube with her Northern Soul dance routines, resulting in a stage appearance at the Brit awards with Pharrell Williams. 

Winterbourne year 10 student, Charlie Lenehan got mobbed by fellow students and adoring fans in Term 6 as his Bars&Melody act on Britain’s’ Got Talent finished in third place and their subsequent debut single hit the Top 5 in August. 

Marcus Beauchamp and Olly Mehew were signed by Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers FC and Dave Attwood delivered strong performances for the England Rugby team; while Yate’s Gold Winning Acro-Gymnast, Shanie-Redd Thorne was recruited by Cirque Du Soleil.  

Academically, Federation sixth form students continued to achieve and deliver. 51% of all A-Level grades at Winterbourne were at A* – B with over three quarters of the grades at C or above. Over 70% of students achieved A*-B in subjects including Applied Business, Economics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Philosophy and Technology. At Yate, 100% of its students passed their exams with 22% achieving A*-A grades and 55% gaining A*-B grades – this represented a 40% improvement on last years results. 

It was the individual students who really stood out during the Results Days. Ellie Wood became the first student in the history of Yate International Academy to secure a place at the University of Cambridge to study French and Spanish. Her beaming father looked on as Ellie open her results to show she had achieved the A* and two As required in Geography, French and Mathematics. Not to be outdone, her younger brother and sister Joe and Megan Wood, gained strong GCSE grades the following week. 

Hayley Orchard, 18, who also works part-time as a lifeguard at Winterbourne Swim Academy, achieved an A* and two A’s which secured her place at University of Surrey to study Law. Deputy Head Girl Laura Hickey managed to organize events and support students throughout the school and still secured A’s in Biology and Psychology and a B in Mathematics to gain a place at her first choice Cardiff University to study Psychology. 

There were also many early achievers this year including Year 8 student Nicky Shine who achieved a grade A in French GSCE and Year 11 Xinyu Shen, who not only gained 11 A* at GCSE but also scored an A* in A-Level Mathematics two years ahead of schedule.

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