We hope you all had a wonderful and restful break over the summer holidays, and we are pleased to  have the academy open and  running at full capacity once again.

It’s been an exciting start to the term as we welcomed our new year 7 cohort into the Burlington Danes community.

Additionally, we have new members of staff that have settled in brilliantly and are already enjoying the fantastic teaching opportunities and challenges our academy has to offer.

Our GCSE and A-Level students also celebrated another season of strong results towards the end of the summer holidays.  For the GCSEs, 60% of students achieved 5 A*-Cs including English and Maths. Maths results were particularly strong, with 70% of students achieving a grade of A*-C in that subject. Our Biology students also had something to celebrate and be proud of, with 100% of all entrants achieving an A*-C in that subject!

After an impressive set of results, we caught up with Rayan Alhejazi, who gained 9A*s, 2A’s and 1B in his GCSEs.

He wants to go on to study Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Maths, with the hope of going on to University to study Medicine.

Faiso Kadiyo joined the school in Year 7 and after achieving 10A*s and 2A’s, she is continuing her studies at Burlington Danes Sixth Form. She said on the day of receiving her results:

"I was never left to struggle at any stage – all the teachers, the staff – whoever it was always gave me help when I needed it. They supported me so much, it’s the reason I want to stay here for sixth form.”

Yassin Seddik was another one of our high achievers earning himself 6A*’s and 7A’s.

Yassin is planning to go on to study maths, Economics and Philosophy for his A levels, and it is his dream to qualify one day as an Engineer from Imperial College London.

Catching up with him on the day, he said:

 “The teachers have all been really motivational, they push you sometimes more than you want! But they’ve pushed me to beyond what I thought I could do. There’s been a lot of focus on things like exam techniques and exam support. Yeah, they’ve been really supportive.”

The A-Level results were equally impressive and garnered a lot of praise for the hard work the students put in.

Ayesha Malik achieved A*, A*, A, A in Art, English Literature, Biology and EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). Her EPQ was on how the human brain perceives art.

She is going to Ruskin School of Art, Exeter college, University of Oxford to study Fine Art. Her dream job is to work at Cartoon Network.

Upon learning of Ayesha’s results, our principal, Mr Ribton, said:

“She is an incredibly talented artist. I’m sure she’ll do well at Oxford, it’s a very hard course to get on to.”

Ayesha will be supported throughout her time at Oxford with an Ark bursary. Each year, the Reuben Scholarship Programme helps talented Ark students headed for top universities, who might not otherwise be able to afford higher education, with expenses like accommodation and subsistence.

Ayesha says: "The bursary will really help me to be independent and will take some of the stress and pressure off financially.”