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The Victory Academy’s Class of 2019 Celebrates Strong Exam Results

The Victory Academy’s Class of 2019 Celebrates Strong Exam Results

Students at The Victory Academy are today celebrating after collecting excellent exam results in A Level and vocational qualifications.

The Academy scored highly in A levels and continued its excellent track record of success in the vocational subjects, with an impressive average grade of Distinction achieved. The Victory Academy also underlined the value it adds to students by scoring exceptionally well in “progress” measures.

Overall, 56% of A level grades are A* to C, with impressive progress achieved by students from their GCSEs to today’s A levels – described by the Government as “above average”. This is a very strong improvement on last year and means the school added almost half a grade more per student in every subject than last year.

Meanwhile 44% of vocational entries achieved the top grade, Distinction, with students in these subjects achieving progress described by the Government as “well above average”.

The Victory Academy is a member of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), a family of 17 high-performing schools across the South East that prides itself on providing a high-quality education to all students, and the results today reflect the ongoing excellence of the school since it joined Thinking Schools. When it joined, then known as Bishop of Rochester Academy, it was rated Requires Improvement by Ofsted and had been issued a financial notice to improve (FNTI) by the Government. Since then, The Victory Academy has been transformed, achieving strong results and ensuring its finances are in excellent shape thanks to the Trust’s curriculum-led financial planning model.

Students at the Academy will go on to study at universities across the country – including:

  • Chelsea Todd, who achieved AAB and an A* in her Extended Project (in Sociology, Biology and Chemistry respectively), has already secured a place at King’s College London to study Biomedical Science.
  • Evelyn Harris, who achieved an AAB (in Media, Sociology and Religious Studies respectively) and will now go to the University of Surrey to study Psychology
  • Natalie Kinslow, who achieved ABC (in Art, Media and Product Design respectively), has won a place at Kingston University where she will study Product and Furniture Design
  • Kirsty Aldridge, who achieved a triple Distinction* in Sport BTEC and is heading to Brunel to study Psychology (Sport, Health and Exercise)
  • Sol Douglas, who achieved a Distinction* and double Distinction in BTEC Sport, and Shanai Connelly, who achieved a triple Distinction in BTEC Art and Design. Their next stage of education will be decided through clearing


Mandy Gage, Principal of The Victory Academy, said:

“These are brilliant results and I am so proud of our students in both A Levels and vocational subjects.

“Their success is down to their own hard work and continuous drive to succeed, the personal commitment and enthusiasm shown by our superb teachers, and the continued support of our parents. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this year’s results.

“What is particularly striking is the fantastic progress our students have made – having done so well in their GCSEs two years ago, these students have kicked on to achieve even more. Adding value and constant improvement are at the core of The Victory Academy and the Thinking Schools Academy Trust – and that is shown in today’s results.

“I wish all of our leaving students the best of luck in their next adventure.”