Pupils at Bay Leadership Academy are pursuing their dream careers after achieving excellent results at the school’s sixth form.

Although exams were cancelled this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers at the school continued to support pupils to ensure that they were able to continue to work towards their dream careers.

Throughout sixth form, teachers, parents and staff at the school, all helped pupils work to become the very best they could be. Many of Bay Leadership Academy’s pupils are now looking forward to completing courses at prestigious universities and colleges across the country.

For two of the school’s pupils however, this year’s results hold special cause for celebration.

Keean Arnold worked diligently to secure an A in Chemistry, A in Physics and a B in Mathematics in spite of a diagnosis of thalamic Glioma. Teachers at the school praised the young pupil’s determination to succeed saying his “intrinsic motivation and enthusiasm ensured his success.” The inspiring pupil is now looking to pursue his dream career with the Navy. Keean said:

“I am really happy with my results and I am glad to leave Bay Leadership Academy on a high. I have had an amazing time at the school, and have received a large amount of support from all the teachers. I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given and particularly for the trip to Le Santa and for the Star Awards celebration event, which I will always remember.”

For Gemma Gibson, her results’ day success is a testimony to her determination and resilience. During her seven years at the school she overcame many challenges but despite these difficulties she showed maturity beyond her years.The diligent pupil is now hoping to pursue a teaching career so that she can help others overcome challenges. She said:

“I have really enjoyed my time at Bay Leadership Academy. Although I have struggled with dyslexia, literacy, self-esteem and confidence, the support I received from friends, family and teachers have enabled me to get where I am today. I cannot thank them enough for all their help and I am glad I was awarded my grades as it has enabled me to study in my dream profession teaching and follow in my heroes’ footsteps.” 

Colette Roberts, Principal at Bay Leadership Academy praised all the pupils at the school for their achievements. She said:

“I am extremely proud of all of our pupils who have worked so hard to achieve these wonderful results. For Keean and Gemma, I know that these grades are particularly meaningful.

Keean worked incredibly hard in spite of his diagnosis of thalamic Glioma. His time management and punctuality have always been exemplary, and his natural intrinsic motivation, enthusiasm and work ethic has ensured that he is successful in any endeavour about which he is passionate. He truly deserves his grades and we wish Keean all the best in the future. We all have our fingers crossed that he achieves his goal of joining the navy.

We have always considered Gemma to be an excellent student. She is highly motivated and her devotion to science is clearly evident from her results and the time she gave to the science department voluntarily to help out. Gemma has overcome a number of challenges during her time at Bay Leadership Academy however throughout this she has shown resilience to never give up. She has all the attributes to become an outstanding teacher; she is hardworking, determined and is emotionally intelligent. I know that she will be an asset to any future school.

I would like to thank all our pupils, parents, teachers and staff for all their hard work this year and look forward to helping next year’s pupils achieve another set of excellent results.”