“I cried I was so happy”: Shoreham Academy A-level students react to results

Jack Collins and Sam Osbourne are off to Westminster University
Jack Collins and Sam Osbourne are off to Westminster University

A-level students reacted with tears of joy this morning as Shoreham Academy celebrated an ‘amazing’ year of results.

Students’ excellent grades won them places at top institutions including Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and the Northern Conservatoire.

Spencer Pescod with his rucksack before flying to Harvard

Spencer Pescod with his rucksack before flying to Harvard

Spencer Pescod came into school early in the morning to pick up certificates for his three A* grades in Biology, Maths and Further Maths, as well as two A grades in Chemistry and Physics, before heading straight to the airport to fly to America, where he will take up his maths and science scholarship at Harvard University.

He said: “I am really pleased, picking up my results on the way to the airport to fly to America and studying at Harvard. I can’t wait!”

Matthew Randall, from Shoreham achieved two A* grades in Maths and Physics and an A grade in English, ontop of an A* in his extended project, giving him the results he needed to take up his place at Oxford University’s Edmond Hall to study Earth Sciences.

The 18-year-old, who hopes to go on to a career within sustainability and the environment, said: “I’m very pleased and amazed. I can’t wait to go to Oxford, it’s such an amazing opportunity.”

Matt Randall, who will be going to Oxford, with Principal Jim Coupe

Matt Randall, who will be going to Oxford, with Principal Jim Coupe

Josh Urban, a national award winning composer, will study musical composition at the Northern Conservatoire in Manchester after achieving three B’s in Music, Fine Art and Media Studies, while Zandile Powell will study at Cambridge University, having achieved an A* in History, an A in Philosophy and an A* in her Extended Project.

Lauren Payne is looking forward to studying English Literature and Philosophy at London’s Royal Holloway.

She said: “I cried when I opened my envelope, I was so happy.

“My mum is probably going to faint when she sees my grades, I didn’t expect an A* in English Literature.”

Lauren Payne, who will go to Royal Holloway, with Head of Sixth Form Kieran Felton

Lauren Payne, who will go to Royal Holloway, with Head of Sixth Form Kieran Felton

Jess Sisley, 19, from Southwick, named by Shoreham Academy as ‘Student of the Year’, has been accepted into the University of Sussex to study history and politics after exceeding her required grades of A, B, C by achieving an A* in Sociology, an A in English and a B in history.

She said: “I’m really happy. I definitely wasn’t expecting the grades that I got.”

Joe Cowtan, 17, said he was pleased with the 3 B’s he achieved. He will be spending ten weeks volunteering in a community and trekking in Nepal as part of a scheme with the charity Raleigh International.

He hopes to attend the University of Southampton or the University of Portsmouth the following year to study Biochemistry.

Jess Sisley has a place at the University of Sussex

Jess Sisley has a place at the University of Sussex

Of all the students graduating today, 78% achieved A* to C grade results in the school’s fifth consecutive year of improved results.

Jim Coupe, Principal of Shoreham Academy, said: “It’s amazing to see our students achieving the best grades and getting into the best institutions.

“I’m exceptionally proud of all our students.

“To have students going to Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge is an incredible feat for a state school to achieve, with many of the students coming from working class backgrounds. It’s a real rags to riches dream story.

“It’s a real testament to the hard work they have put in and proof that hard work results in great success.”

Kieran Felton, Head of Sixth Form, said: “I am delighted with the Sixth Formers & staff at Shoreham Academy. It is incredibly rewarding to be part of such a successful journey.

Nathaniel Richards will teach photography in France before going to Lincoln University

Nathaniel Richards will teach photography in France before going to Lincoln University

“The successful results have been achieved because of strong academic ethos, hard work, determination and ambition to aspire for the very best.”


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Amie Sutton, Becky Strevens & Courtney Everett with their certificates

Amie Sutton, Becky Strevens & Courtney Everett with their certificates