Ark Elvin Academy sixth formers on their way to top universities

Thursday 18 August 2022

Every student in the first-year group of Ark Elvin Academy’s new sixth form who applied will take up a place at university after achieving fantastic results this year.

The new sixth form at Ark Elvin opened two years ago and was designed to keep the doors to top universities and apprenticeships open to students who may not have secured places in traditional sixth forms or who felt that A Levels were not right for them. This new sixth form has shown that their BTEC Professional Pathway programme does just that with students off to study at top universities, including University College London, Kings College London, Durham, Sheffield and the University of East Anglia.

Our Principal, Ms Curtis said

“We are so proud of what this first-year group of our new sixth form have achieved and the university places they have secured. All our sixth formers chose our sixth form because they were highly ambitious and hard-working but knew that A Levels were not the right option for them, and they have shown that hard work pays off.


“They have made extraordinary progress overcoming a range of challenges before the onset of the pandemic. But even a global pandemic did not stop our sixth formers daring for greatness. Now, they are off to top universities to study a range of highly competitive degrees, including physiotherapy, sports and exercise, medical science, chemistry, engineering, biomedical science and nursing.”


Success includes:

Riddhi Dharmendrakumar, Applied Science, D*, D*, D* has secured a degree apprenticeship in biomedical science. “I am so excited to be learning new things – and this course really could help make the world a better place by identifying new diseases. I have experienced real ups and downs – English was not my first language and I struggled with science but with the support of the teachers and my peers I have secured great results.”

Josh Tomlin, Applied Science D*, D*, D* will be studying Chemistry at Durham University. Josh said: “I feel proud and happy to have achieved this result. When I first joined the school, my grades were not good, and I really struggled but then throughout my time at Elvin as the school has improved so have my grades!”

We are so proud of Nasteeho who despite arriving in the UK four years ago with no English has achieved D*DD in Applied Science and will be studying Nursing at King's college London

Molly Goddard, Applied Science D*, D*, D* will be studying Biomedical science at Sheffield University. Molly said: “My journey was not easy, but I made it in the end – triple distinction star – I think I did a pretty good job – my advice to other students would be remember you are never alone at Elvin, you can do it, put in the hard work but also remember to look after yourself.”

Mya Ashbourne, Applied Sport and Exercise Science, D*, D*, D* will be studying physiotherapy at the University of East Anglia. Mya said: “I am really happy with my grades. To be honest I never thought I had the potential that I have had. I joined Elvin just for the 6th form and the support I had from the teachers and my peers really helped me. I have not always been the most confident person, I doubted myself but the help I have received has supported me to get the best grades. My advice would be to take every opportunity this school gives you and don’t doubt yourself. If I can get there, so can you. My GCSEs results were not amazing, but I have come out with the top BTEC results!”