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On August 12th, students and staff at Avonbourne Boys’ and Girls’ Academies joined together to celebrate the awarding of GCSE grades.

This year, as with A Levels, GCSEs were awarded following Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) due to the cancellation of external examinations. As part of this assessment process, students at Avonbourne Boys’ and Girls’ Academies sat in-class exams and completed coursework.

The morning was an excellent opportunity to congratulate students for their hard work and perseverance, particularly in the face of disruption caused by the pandemic. Standout individual successes at Avonbourne Girls’ Academy, include Lauren Old, Megan O’Connor, Amelie Scott, Yasmin Karakus, Isabelle Robinson and Ariana Thaneja.

The news came after the school’s Sixth Formers received their A Level grades earlier that week. Many of these Year 13s are now set to take up their places at top Russell Group universities, including University College London and the University of Southampton.

Stuart Ingram, Executive Principal at Avonbourne Boys’ and Girls’ Academies said:

“I am delighted for every student who is celebrating today because these qualifications are testament to their hard work over their five years here. This year of course is unlike any other so it’s not a case of comparing results with those that have been achieved by previous cohorts. Everyone here knows how far the academies have improved in recent years and we look forward to sustaining this success and building on it further in the future. “We now have a thriving Sixth Form at Avonbourne Boys’ and Girls’ Academies which this week celebrated some notable individual successes at A Level. We very much look forward to welcoming many of today’s achievers back to school in September where they will be taking up their own places in our Sixth Form.”




In the Bournemouth Echo...



Students and staff at Avonbourne Boys’ and Girls’ Academies are celebrating after two students won awards at United Learning’s Best in Everyone Awards 2021.

Each year the awards celebrate the impressive achievements of students, staff and teams in schools across United Learning. They recognise a wide range of successes, including exemplary academic performance, dedication to leadership and service, as well as lifetime achievement. 2021 marks the ninth year that the awards have been held and the second year that the presentation has been conducted virtually. 

As part of this year’s online celebration, each winner was announced via a personalised video, shared on United Learning’s Twitter feed to an audience of over 10,000 users. The bespoke videos include a photo of the winner, as well as a recorded message from a member of the senior leadership team at the winner’s school. 

The winners at Avonbourne Boys’ and Girls’ Academies were Isabel Pretty, who won the Young Hero of the Year Award for students in Years 10-13, and Anas Benmoussa, who won the Business Award. In picking up these awards, the winners saw off strong competition from a range of exceptional nominees across the country, with 400 nominations being submitted in total. 

As a young carer to her father and late mother, Year 11 student Isabel was crowned Young Hero of the Year for her strength, resilience and determination. In the face of incredible adversity, Isabel has remained committed to her learning and is always kind and respectful to the people around her. She is an inspiration to students and staff alike.

Taking home the academy’s second award was Year 11 student Anas Benmoussa, who won the Business Award for the enthusiasm and commitment he shows to the subject. Anas goes far beyond what is expected of him in the classroom, seeking further opportunities with key partners in the field, including taking part in a virtual work experience with construction and engineering company Sir Robert McAlpine.

Commenting on his success, Anas said:

“Hard work and determination is truly what has got me this far. Thanks to the support I have received from my peers and teachers, I have been able to see that there is always success after hardship, as long as you don’t give up. I would like to thank everyone at Avonbourne Academy for the invaluable experience I have been given.”

To commemorate their outstanding achievement, the winners are each set to receive a glass award which will be posted to their school in the coming weeks. 

Stuart Ingram, Executive Principal at Avonbourne Boys’ and Girls’ Academies, said:

“Congratulations to Isabel and Anas on these excellent achievements. I am constantly amazed at Isabel’s compassion, dedication and strong work ethic. Despite having to contend with a number of difficult challenges, she always comes to school ready to learn and make a full contribution to our school community. I am thrilled that she has been recognised in this way.

“Anas’s ambition and drive to succeed is infectious. He is always looking to go above and beyond and achieve his very best. I am sure he has a long and successful career ahead of him.”


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