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GCSE/Level 2 Examination Results 2021

The City of Derby Academy is again delighted and proud with the examination results achieved by our Year 11 students.

Our students’ fantastic qualifications will enable them to be successful in their post-16 pathways of choice and take one more step to achieving their personal aspirations.

We can only imagine how difficult the pandemic has been for students across the whole country.  Students’ belief, resilience and wellbeing have been challenged to a level we could not imagine.  However, at CODA, we have nurtured and developed both academic and personal skills.  These skills and qualities are now reflected in their examination results.

The school vision of ‘Improving life chances for all students’ is at the heart of everything we do and with the support from our wonderful staff, home and the wider community, students leave CODA ready for their next stages in life.

Well done to all, we wish you all the best for your future.

Phil Smith, Headteacher said:

“I am exceptionally proud with the achievements and examination results that our Year 11 students have been awarded this year.

The pandemic has provided significant challenges and disruptions.  Therefore, I am especially delighted with how our wonderful students have adapted to these challenges and been rewarded for their courage and dedication.  I would also like to recognise that our Year 11 students have also overcome these adversities with a positive manner: remaining happy and fully engaged in the wider aspects of school life.  Well done to you all, I am incredibly proud of you, and you should all be proud of yourselves.

Following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard which was moderated through the exam boards, ensuring that the grades awarded are accurate.  I would like to thank all of the staff at CODA for ‘improving the life chances of our students’ as they have worked tirelessly to ensure that all students are able to progress onto their next chapter in life with the personal and academic skills that are needed.

Although we cannot compare results to previous years, the results that our students have achieved demonstrate that CODA continues to ‘improve life chances for all students’.  Half of our students leave with a grade 4 pass in both English and Mathematics and a quarter leave with a grade 5 pass in both English and Mathematics.

I am especially proud that 20 different students achieved the top grade of a 9, or grade 9 equivalent.  Also, 48 students achieved at least one grade 7 or above, this is over one quarter of the year group.

Although there have been many success stories, I would like to highlight the following students for their phenomenal performances which included the following grades: A Kumar who achieved four grade 9’s and three grade 8’s; H Kaur, M Saini and G Singh who achieved two grade 9’s; P Singh, A Singh, R Raj, G Kaur, K Shanker, L Fletcher, and S Khan who achieved one grade 9 and other grade 8’s.

Well done to S Bolton, A Dixon-Muir, N Greatorex, S Manger, A Prcic, S Singh, E Watson and R Zafar who also achieved a fantastic set of results which included a grade 9.

In addition, many congratulations to Z Azhar, A Bolton, J Bowler, G Gill, M Irfan, S Jandi, V Mhango, I Pabla, N Piggott and A Saini who have achieved an impressive set of exam results including a number of grade 7’s and/or 8’s.

I would also like to give a special mention to S Pearce and M Grainger who have achieved a pleasing set of results despite many additional challenges.

Well done to all of our Year 11 students.  It has been a privilege to have known you and the CODA community wishes you all the very best for the future.”

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Student guide to awarding: summer 2021

A guide for students on how GCSEs, A levels, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2021 can be viewed below.

The government has said that many exams and assessments cannot be held fairly this year as a result of the disruption students have faced due to the pandemic. Your teachers will instead submit grades to the exam boards, based on their assessment of what you have shown you know and can do, enabling you to progress to the next stage of your education, training, or employment. This guide below details the arrangements in place for awarding grades in summer 2021, and where you can go for additional information:

Student Guide To Awarding In Summer 2021

Y11 Assessments And Grades Update February 2021

Summer exams 2021 update – January 2021

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