A Level Examination Results 2019
Students and staff at Sponne School in Towcester are celebrating another excellent set of A Level results this year with many individuals achieving outstanding grades. Despite new specifications and a return to the two year A Level programme, results have remained very similar to previous years and most students continue to achieve the highest grades available. Just under 50% of students gained the very highest A*-B grades with almost all students passing. Students did particularly well with the very highest grades of A* and A grade with more than a third of all students achieving at least one of these.
Amongst the many delighted students today were two who achieved A*’s in all 3 of their subjects, Olivia Adams, who will be studying Biomedical Sciences at Oxford University and Ellie Massey who will be studying the same subject at Durham University in the new academic year. Tim Fung achieved 1 A* and 3A’s, while Issy Grant gained 2 A*’s and 1 A grade. George Coombs, Will Ferreira Dyke and Lauren Flower all achieved an A* alongside other high grades whilst Rhiannon Barnby, Carl Davidson, Beth Dolman, Tom Heron, Jess Hornsey, Becky Jenkins, Jared Kent, Alfie Long and Annabel Purdy all achieved multiple A grades. Many other students gained at least 1 A grade in their set of results.
Headteacher Mr Iain Massey said: “We are really proud of our students who have done so well in gaining these excellent results. It is reassuring that the grades reflect the hard work that students put in and the outstanding teaching and support provided by the staff at Sponne School. Well done to all our students, including those who have secured their first choice university places.”
Miss Victoria Austin, Head of Sixth Form from Sponne, said: “I am always amazed by the high standards our students achieve and want to congratulate them on their excellent results. I am so pleased for them and wish them all the best in the future”.
On the 15th July our Year 8 students took part in a Business Enterprise Day. The day was based loosely around the TV format ‘Dragons Den’.
Working in groups they were asked to come up with a product that would somehow ‘Save the Planet’.
They had to prepare a presentation about their chosen idea which included designs and how the product would be produced. They had to work out the finances, how much it would cost to make and what it would sell for. Marketing and Advertising was also considered – some groups made TV adverts, as well as posters, slogans and logos.
They then had to make their ‘pitch’ to some Business Dragons (Business people invited in from the local area). The ‘Dragons’ had been helping the students during the course of the morning to help them with their research, give advice and to ask them some difficult questions!
There were some wonderful ideas – including a robotic ‘whale’ that sucked up plastic from the sea, ‘service stations’ for bees, solar panelled cases for phones, computer gaming consoles powered by static bikes, phone apps that helped with recycling to name but a few.
The students worked really well, it was great to see them negotiating within their teams and it was especially lovely to see students getting up and making their pitch to the whole year group – such a challenging thing to do.
Well done to A Salkend, H Kirby, F Brown and E Akrill from 8LC for being the team chosen by the Dragons as the company they would most likely invest in for their ‘Supreme, Green ‘n’ Clean’ wooden shampoo dispenser!
And a big thankyou to our Business Dragons for taking time out of their businesses to inspire future generations!
Lost Souls of Auschwitz by Jacob Moreton Year 12
After a trip to Auschwitz I was inspired to create this installation, which is currently on display on our Yellow Brick Road area.
Each of my shoes represents a real person who perished at Auschwitz.
These shoes are all personalised and accompanied with a tag which summarises that individuals achievements in life and sadly how they died as a victim of the holocaust.
On Wednesday 26th June, our current Year 11’s arrived at Whittlebury Hall to celebrate finishing their GCSE’s at Sponne. The evening began with students arriving in style, from classic sports cars to limousines and tractors to parent’s taxi’s! The students all looked very grown up and had certainly dressed to impress, for the Hollywood themed evening that lay ahead.
The room was decorated in classic black and gold colours, by students from the Prom committee and under the supervision of Miss Stone and Mrs Appleby and some incredibly helpful parents. The Year 11 band welcomed the students into the room with an opening set and did an amazing job at getting the night started! After a pleasant meal and lots of dancing in between courses, the DJ kicked in… this is where the real celebrations and ‘dance-offs’ commenced (!) and it was so great to see all of the students enjoying themselves. We almost needed a bigger dance floor!
Thank you to all staff for attending on the evening and joining in with the celebrations and to our photographers – Millie and Kara from 6th form and Shannon Lock (ex-student) for giving up their time. A Year 11 Prom group photo will be given to all students who attended on the night, when they collect their exam results in August. We would also like to say a huge thank you to John Anderson, (Director of Inspired design & print solutions) for kindly designing and producing the personalised wristbands, for the Year 11’s to keep as a memento from their Prom night.
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