SUMMIT STUDENTS CELEBRATE SUCCESS!
Leaders commend “exceptional” achievement in year of challenge
Summit Learning Trust students across Birmingham and Solihull are celebrating “exceptional” achievement in their GCSE results.
Results show that across the Trust’s schools – Ninestiles, an Academy and Cockshut Hill School in Birmingham, and Lyndon School in Solihull – learners have made significant progress in a number of subjects, including English and Mathematics.
This group of learners is the second cohort to take public examinations since the disruption of the pandemic. Yet thanks to the dedication of their teachers and other adults, support from their parents and carers, and their own hard work, they have achieved great outcomes.
Summit Learning Trust made extra efforts to ensure learners were prepared and confident going into their public examinations. The Trust provided free revision resources for all Year 11 learners and also introduced ‘Period 5’, an extra hour of teaching each day, and the equivalent of an additional day’s tuition every week – which the Trust has confirmed will stay for all Summit learners working towards their GCSE examinations in 2024 and beyond.
Alongside this, in response to the ongoing cost of living crisis, students benefited from Summit’s Base Camp initiative, offering free breakfasts; a warm, supervised space to study; and access to digital equipment, free Wi-Fi and platforms, to help remove as many additional barriers as possible and enable learners to concentrate on their exams and perform to the best of their abilities.
Vince Green, CEO, Summit Learning Trust, said: “The Summit family are incredibly proud of our learners’ achievements this year. It is really pleasing to see that the huge commitment made by students and staff members has delivered exceptional outcomes despite disruption they have faced, with significant levels of academic progress being made by our young people. Thank you to our entire Summit family for this momentous team effort.
“Our learners will now be following a variety of different paths and I am delighted that so many of them are now able to continue their educational journey with us, having secured places at our brilliant Solihull Sixth Form College. We look forward to seeing this amazing cohort of young people go on to achieve great things in further education, training and employment within our local region and beyond.
“I am incredibly proud of all our learners celebrating results today. They have shown enormous resilience to get to this stage in their education and, supported by our staff team, have worked hard throughout the challenges of the last five years. These outcomes will now give them life chances as they move to their next stage. They move on with our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes.”
Abid Butt, Principal, Lyndon School, said: “I am delighted for Lyndon students and staff, who have worked incredibly hard throughout the months and years that have led to today’s fantastic achievement. Our learners richly deserve this recognition and every opportunity that comes their way in the future. ”
Jason Bridges, Principal, Cockshut Hill School, said: “I could not be more proud of our students, who have shown real resilience and studied with determination to secure these results. Well done to them all and our very best wishes for the future.”
Alex Hughes, Principal, Ninestiles, an Academy, said: “Congratulations to all our students, who are moving on to their next exciting stage. Throughout the many challenges thrown at them over the past few years, their commitment, and the dedication of our staff, has never wavered. They fully deserve their success.”
Schools Minister, Nick Gibb said: “Congratulations to all those receiving their results this summer. Students should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved and we are hugely grateful to teachers for all their hard work.
“For many pupils, these will have been the first formal set of exams they have ever taken and we have done everything that we can to ensure they are walking away with qualifications that hold value now and in the future.
“These results will enable pupils to take the next step in their lives, whether that’s in further education, an apprenticeship or the workplace and I wish them all the best whatever they decide to do.”