Resilience and perseverance paid off for students in the sixth forms at schools in Futura Learning Partnership who notched up some excellent A-level results.

Wellsway School, IKB Academy and SBL Academy welcomed students on to their sites on August 10 to celebrate their achievements after two years of education disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The trust-wide sixth form is relaunching on September 1 as Futura Sixth and demand for places has been high.

Director of Post 16 Danny Wilkinson said: “We have seen a high number of applications, meaning many more students will have the chance to achieve the success our sixth-formers have achieved this year.”

Enrolment dates for September 2021 are the August 12 and 13 and daily from September 2.


Wellsway School Sixth Form students celebrate their successes, 2021

Finnola Stratton, Eva Ruddle, Adrianna Newbury, Mariella James celebrate

Acting co-head Dave Cooper said: “We are extremely proud of our Year 13 students and the way they have tackled the challenges they faced over the last two years. They have consistently shown that they are adaptive and resilient and all Wellsway students should be proud of all of their achievements throughout their time in sixth form.

“We were delighted to see so many of our students and their family members on the school site today, celebrating their results with the staff.  At the end of a period in which students have missed out on so much across the nation, it was fantastic to share in their joy and excitement as they were rewarded for their phenomenal efforts.

“While not all students could be in school in person to celebrate their results, it was great to see so many smiling and happy faces; we wish them all the best with their next step and future.

The following students achieved outstanding results:

  • Tristan McCarthy – 4 A*s in Computing, Maths, Further Maths and Physics
  • Joseph Bainbridge – 4 A*s in English, French, German and EPQ
  • Adrianna Newbury – 3 A*s in English Literature, French and Psychology
  • Jason Tang – 3 A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, plus an A in Computing
  • Edward Watson – 3 A*s in Biology, Maths and Further Maths

Also, to be commended are Alex Britton (A*, A*, A), Alisdair Cole (A*, A*, A), Elsa Cox (A*, A*, A, plus an A* for EPQ), Isabel Harber (A*, A*, A), Matthew Trenchard (A*, A*, A, plus an A for EPQ), Matthew Stevens (A*, A*, B, plus an A* for EPQ), Harriet Lewarne (A*, A, A, plus an A* for EPQ), Chloe Kennedy (A*, A, A, plus an A* for EPQ),  Milly Comber (A*, A, A, plus an A* for EPQ),  Finnola Stratton (A*, A, A),  Maisie Hawkins (A*, A, A),  Dan Hart (A*, A, A) and Emma Falconer (A*, A, A), plus Ewan Grady and Katie Vockings for fantastic progress.

Mr Cooper added: “We are incredibly pleased that almost all of our students have already been offered a place in the next stage of their chosen route in either education, training or employment on the basis of the grades they have achieved, whilst we continue to support those who are waiting on pending applications. We are proud that Chloe Kennedy will read History at the University of Oxford and Milly Comber successfully gained a place on Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool.”


IKB A level students celebrate their results in 2021

Successful students at IKB Academy in Keynsham: Harrison Isaacs, Cahen Vann, Rio Barrett, Rowan Pitts, Dion Lowe, Jake Wichard

IKB specialises in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) and is delighted that 75 per cent of students have earned places to study or work in these areas.

These include young people going off to study medicine, engineering, microbiology, motor engineering, computing and architecture at Russell Group universities and two gaining highly competitive apprenticeships with Rolls Royce and GKN.

Principal Debbie Gibbs said: “Results day is always one of the most enjoyable days of the school year and we were delighted to see so many students and their families today, celebrating their A-level and Btec results with staff.

“At IKB Academy we are so proud of our amazing Year 13 students. They have shown resilience and determination managing the challenges that have faced them and they fully deserve the fantastic results they collected today. It was a joy to share in their achievements born out of all the hard work throughout their time with us in the sixth form.

“We are proud of all our students, but we would like to say congratulations to the following students who have achieved outstanding results:

  • Triada Mitrou: A*, A*, B
  • Lizz Ferguson: A*,A,B,B
  • Josh Payne: Distinction*, Distinction*, A
  • Dan Sherwood: A*, A,A
  • George Spencer: Distinction*, Distinction*,A
  • Joss Crang: Distinction*, Distinction*, B

“Although we will miss them all we wish all our students the very best for the future and congratulate them on their achievements.”


Many Year 13s from SBL made excellent progress and students  have accepted offers from competitive universities including Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Southampton.  Students have also received outstanding apprenticeship offers from the Ministry of Defence and Rolls Royce.

Principal Dean Anderson said: “We are also very proud that our students have chosen to pursue pathways that will make a fantastic contribution to society in future, such as Aeronautics & Astronautics, Biomedical Sciences, Cancer Biology and Immunobiology, Chemical Engineering, Economics, Education, Law, Politics and Psychology.

“We would like to wish every Year 13 student all the very best for the future, and we would love to hear how you get on with all your exciting future prospects. Congratulations everyone!”

Outstanding achievers included:

  • Bailey Clark: 4 A*s
  • Stefan Mills: 2 A*s and 2 As
  • James Penny: 2 A*s and D*
  • Jack Davies: 2 A*s and A
  • Mia Davies: 2 A*s and A
  • Lizzie Skellett: 2 A*s and A