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Sixth Form Academy Awards Evening

On Thursday 20th December former year 13 students returned to SBA for an Academy Awards evening.  The evening was a celebration of academic, pastoral and extra-curricular excellence.  The formal evening was a reunion for students who are now at university or in employment following the excellent exam results from Summer 2012 (our best ever results). These students have continued to inspire and excel at top universities all over the country. 

The evening was organised by the Year 13 A Level Business Studies students; Samantha Chard, Eliza Hughes, Sam Forrest, Harry Manley, Sean Garrett, Tim Alexander, Alex Tizzard.

David Triggs, CEO of Academies Enterprise Trust, was the guest speaker.

The High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, Mr Nick Hayward presented the first award to the students who won the recent Mock Trial Competition.

The next awards were to celebrate our best ever A level results. We had 100% pass rate in over 20 subjects, 28% of all grades were A* or A and 73% of all grades A*-C.
Recipients were: Louise Bott, PJ Patel , Charlea-May Williams, Rebecca Grattage,  Sarah Murphy, Samuel Lovell, Daniel  Bell, Daniel Clarke, Lucy Deakin, Gina Evans, Tom Joy, Alice Rivers, Daniel Armour, Ashley Wicks, Charlotte Andrew, Hannah Clawson, Harriet Sibley, Jonathan Hercock, Jacob Brooks, Sophie Douglas.

Sixth Form Excellence Awards were presented next, followed by Subject Awards. Next up Mrs Bradshaw (Sixth Form Leader) and Mrs Bricknell (Pastoral Manager) presented the Form Tutor Awards to for achievement, endeavour and/or progress.

Mrs Khan-Jones (Principal), Mrs Lesley Walters (Assistant Principal) and  Mr Gary Clarke (Head of Sixth Form)presented the Specialist Awards that followed the musical interlude by Sophie Wrixon.

Joan Field Biology Cup - Lucy Deakin

Lucy obtained an A in biology, an A in English literature and an A* in Geography.  She is now at Lancaster University reading Biological Sciences and Bio-Medicine

Geography Cup – Louise Bott

Louise obtained an A* grade in both Sociology and Geography and an A grade in classics. She also achieved an A grade in her EPQ which was on the development, function and design of ancient Egyptian Amulets. She is currently at University College London reading Anthropology, Ancient History and Archaeology.    


Robert Nicholson 
Robert gained a place at one of the top Conservatoires for music with a scholarship at Cardiff and he is playing with the best brass bands in the world and recently toured to Australia with a very prestigious concert tour. Robert is now one of Britain’s finest tuba players.
Lake Award Art – Rebecca Grattage 
Rebecca was seen by the Art department as their outstanding performer. She obtained grades of AAB this year plus an excellent A* grade for her Art.


RJR Sixth Form Excellence – Alice Rivers 

Alice secured A grades across the board in French History and Drama.  She is currently thriving reading Modern Languages (French and Russian) at Magdalene (pronounced Maudlin) College Oxford.

Sports Science Cups

Melissa Hewison

Melissa achieved straight distinctions on the Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science course whilst balancing a very heavy training and competition programme over the past two years, which is starting to pay off now with recent wins in the pool.  She is always pushing herself and staff to make her best better, she is currently at Eastleigh and will soon be a fully qualified personal trainer.


Tarrant Cup for Endeavour – Kate Lines 

Kate was a school captain last year and was ceaseless in her commitment to the role. She is a tenacious young woman who is an excellent role model with great leadership skills She has moved on to study Drama at Exeter University and has inspired many of our current students to follow in her footsteps.

Community Shield- Daniel Clarke

Dan arrived in the sixth form with average GCSE results but soon proved that his talents exceeded his GCSE grades. He left with an A* in Citizenship, an A in Law and a grade B in History. However Dan won this award for his tireless and extensive work for the Isle of Wight Youth Council. He is currently reading Law at Southampton University – one of the top 5 Law schools in the UK.  He is so successful that the admissions tutor has already contacted us asking if we have any other applicants of his calibre! 


Law Cup- Samuel Lovell

Sam Lovell was one of the outstanding students of his year group. He obtained grades of A* /A*/ A and B. In addition he obtained an extremely high score in the very difficult LNAT law Admissions Test. He also obtained an unprecedented 70 out of 70 marks in the very difficult A2 synoptic History exam. He has recently kindly been back advising our year 12 students and he is currently reading law at St Edmund’s Hall Oxford

Arreton Award for Personal Achievement – PJ Patel

PJ obtained an A* in both ICT and Business and an A grade in Maths.

After her results were published in August, she ‘traded up’ – and universities were competing for her custom before she settled on reading Accountancy and Finance at City University London.  

Lowish Cup for Outstanding Academic Achievement – Tom Joy

TOM obtained 4 A star grades at A Level in Math’s, Further Math’s, Physics and Technology (Systems and Control). Tom was the first ever student at this school to achieve this. He is currently working on a gap year as an Engineer and it looks like it will be a toss-up between Oxford University or Imperial College for this remarkable young man’s future years.

To see the full list of award winners please click here