There was excitement in the air today for sixth form students at East Leake Academy – part of the Diverse Academies Trust – as they celebrated receiving their A Level results.

Despite a challenging year, today’s results are the culmination of students’ hard work and dedication during their time in the sixth form and reflect their continued commitment to their studies. The results help cement East Leake Academy’s position as a high performing sixth form centre for the area.

These superb results also mean many students will now take up their places at both Russell Group and leading universities, as well as going on to undertake higher level apprenticeships.

One of this year’s top performers, Isaac Baguley, achieved A* grades in chemistry, biology, maths and further maths. He will be taking up his place at St John’s College, Cambridge to study natural sciences. He said: “I was inspired by all my subject teachers, especially Mrs Freeston and Mr Renshaw who helped with my application for Cambridge. East Leake was the best place for me because I have great relationship with all staff and nowhere else would be better.”

Another top performer, Jack Osborn, achieved A* grades in physics, maths and further maths. With a place secured at Imperial College London to study aeronautical and spacecraft engineering, he said: “I was mostly inspired by Mr Barkley and Mrs Moore. I chose to stay at East Leake because I was familiar with the teachers and it is an excellent sixth form.”

Millie O’Connell achieved A* grades in chemistry, maths and business studies. Millie will now be heading to the University of Leeds to study law. She said: “I was inspired by all my subject teachers who provided me with lots of support. I appreciated that all my teachers were willing to go the extra mile.”

Another high-flyer is Amy Ralphs with A* A* A A* grades in geography, history, English literature and the EPQ (extended project qualification). She will be studying geography at UCL. Amy commented that she was delighted with her results. “I have been particularly inspired by Mrs Clifton and Mr Strickland. I chose to stay because I was familiar with the subject teachers and felt comfortable studying A Levels at ELA.”

Principal, Blake Francis, said: “We would like to say huge congratulations to all our students. They have worked incredibly hard to achieve success in their studies and this has been reflected in the grades they have deservedly achieved today, with another top set of results. They have all shown an incredible amount of resilience and determination to succeed despite significant disruption to their studies during the last two academic years. We couldn’t be more proud of them and hope that they can now move forward positively to achieve their personal aspirations. We wish them all the best in their future journey.”

The academy invites any students yet to secure a place with a post 16 provider for this September or students considering their post-GCSE options to visit or email for more information.