Pupils at Bay Leadership Academy are celebrating their achievements on GCSE results day.

Although this year’s results day is a little different to others, pupils at Bay still found plenty to celebrate.

Alexander Williams achieved an incredible set of exam results, including two grade 8s and four grade 7s. Teachers say he was dedicated to achieving his potential and put heart and soul into revising and practising his skills, completing past papers and extra essays to ensure top-level success.

For Alex though, academic success was just part of the equation, and his love of music and performance formed a large part of his life at Bay Leadership Academy. He took part in a wide range of school productions and especially enjoyed being part of the team for ‘Grease’ and his final BTEC Music concert.

Alex is continuing his education at Kendal College where he will take Music Studies. His future goal is to continue his music studies somewhere like the Royal College of Music in London or the British Institute of Music to continue to develop his passion for music and performance.

Alex thanked staff at the Academy who he said had been incredibly supportive during his time at the school. He said:

“All the teachers and support staff have helped me so much. They showed  the steps I needed to take to achieve my dreams and, at each step, I was encouraged to go a little bit further. I am so grateful to everyone that has helped me to achieve my grades and for helping me to grow into the person I am today.”

Despite having some absence in Year 11, Megan Holmes dedicated herself to her studies and achieved an incredible set of results including one grade 9, three grade 8s and two grade 7s. The talented pupil already began her A Level preparation during lockdown. The aspiring Law student plans to stay on at Bay Leadership Academy to complete her A Levels in English, History and Chemistry. She said:

“If you had told me at the beginning of Year 7 that I would go on to achieve these results or to develop the confidence I have, I would never have believed you. I am just so grateful to all the teachers, staff and my parents and friends for helping me to grow and develop into the person I am today.”

Teachers say that Kieran Gallagher always stood out as a rising star since joining Bay in Year 8 where he made a very strong start to his time at the school. The dedicated pupil went on to achieve one grade 8, five grade 7s and one grade six. Kieran was a key player in many of the school’s sports teams including: Rugby, Football, Athletics and Cricket. Out of school the keen rugby player plays for Vale of Lune Rugby Team. The talented pupil has a real passion for Engineering and is now going to study this further at Kendal College taking Engineering Science. He said:

“I am so pleased  with my results, and although it has been a bit different this year, I’ve still worked really hard throughout school and I am very glad I have achieved these grades. I’ve had a great time at the Bay Leadership Academy and I will really miss everyone. There has been lots of support throughout my time at the school and this has helped me to become the person I am today.”

Colette Roberts, Principal at Bay Leadership Academy, praised her pupils for their hard work. She said:

“I would like to congratulate all our pupils on their results. Today’s results are a true reflection of our hard-working pupils and their dedication to their studies.This year has been a difficult year for many, and I would like to thank all our parents, teachers and the pupils themselves for working so hard to achieve these results.”