Today, Sixth Form students at Kettering Buccleuch Academy are celebrating after securing places at some the UK’s top universities, with two students on their way to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
This year, A Levels were awarded following Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) due to the cancellation of external examinations. At KBA, students sat Further Modular Tasks and completed coursework as part of this assessment process.
Among those celebrating today is Esele Okondo, who will be taking up a place at the University of Oxford to read Medicine and Frankjel Hernandez, who will be joining the University of Cambridge to read Natural Sciences.
Speaking of his achievement, Esele said:
“It’s been an amazing journey at KBA. I am absolutely over the moon with my result. I would like to thank all the staff at KBA, as without their support today wouldn’t have been possible. The next step for me is the University of Oxford to read Medicine.”
Frankjel also commented:
“I am so pleased with my results and excited for my next adventure in Cambridge. Thank you to all the staff at KBA – without their support and guidance I would not have been able to achieve this dream goal.”
Also taking up places at Russell Group universities are:
- Uday Singh who will be joining Imperial College London to study Aeronautical Science;
- Megan Miller who will be joining King's College London to study History;
- Lauren Steventon who will be joining Durham University to study Geography;
- Luke Bagshaw who will be joining the University of Warwick to study Maths;
- Holly Kilsby who will be joining the University of Manchester to study Adult Nursing.
Congratulating the students on their success, Sam Rao, Head of Sixth Form at KBA, said:
“It is fantastic to see so many of our students taking up well-deserved places at their first choice of university. In what has been a challenging eighteen months for us all, students across our Sixth Form have continued to work incredibly hard and have shown outstanding commitment to their studies. These excellent destinations are testament to their resilience and dedication and we are very much looking forward to seeing them flourish in the next stage of their education.”
Dino Di Salvo, Principal at KBA, added:
“Congratulations to all our Sixth Formers on securing an excellent set of offers – including Esele and Frankjel’s exceptional places at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. We are incredibly proud of the ongoing fortitude our students have shown in the face of the pandemic and for the way they have navigated their A Level studies with maturity beyond their years.
“I am incredibly grateful to the Sixth Form team for the enduring support and guidance they have provided to students over the last two years. They have gone above and beyond to ensure our young people have everything they need to successfully take the next steps in their lives, whether that is by going to university or entering the world of work. I have no doubt that all our Sixth Formers have very bright futures ahead of them and I wish them all the best of luck.”