Skip to content ↓

GCSE Student success stories as students celebrate grade 9 achievements

Congratulations to all our students who are celebrating their GCSE exam results today. Here’s what some of our top performing students are doing next:


Cuba Aves-Walker achieved seven grade 9s in Biology, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Maths, Physics and Psychology, two grade 8s in Spanish and Statistics and a grade 7 in Art. She will now go on to study A-levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Psychology. She said: “I am very happy with my results and look forward to continuing my studies in Psychology and Maths as I like the challenge of the subjects. Once I complete Sixth Form, I am hoping to take a degree in Medicine or Clinical Psychiatry. I am keen to follow a career that helps people and relates to the topics which interest me.

“I would advise students taking their GCSEs next year to revise for every small test as well as their mocks, it helps with revision and takes the pressure off. Mind maps and flashcards really helped me and so did treating my mocks as though they were the real exams.

“I have met some brilliant friends during my time at the Academy and I feel there is a real sense of community here. The Academy feels really cohesive and focused over the last few years, it is a great environment to learn in. I would like to thank Ms Thompson and Mrs Anderson for challenging me.”


Evie Anderson achieved five grade 9s in Biology, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature and Maths, three grade 8s in History, Music and Physics and two grade 7s in Art and Spanish. She will now study A-levels in Maths, Further Maths and Psychology, as well as the Extended Project Qualification.  She said: “I’m in shock with my results, particularly science. I am really happy.

“I enjoyed Maths GCSE and look forward to continue studying the subject at A-level. I also wanted to try something new so have taken Psychology and hope I can draw on and develop my essay writing skills. I would like to go on to study Maths at university before continuing on to a career relating to the subject. 

“Revision books and model answers helped me and I would like to thank my mum for her support and pushing me to work for my mocks. The range of options on offer at Corby Business Academy is fantastic and I have enjoyed taking part in the Art and Music opportunities. I also think the layout of the building is great and the new structure of the school day has supported me with my studies.”


Mary-Jayne Normington achieved three grade 9s in English Language, History and Physics, five grade 8s in Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, Maths and PE and two grade 7s in Spanish and Statistics. She hopes to become a vet and will study A-level Biology, Chemistry and Maths. She said: “I am very happy with my results. Maths was my favourite subject at GCSE and I had really inspiring teachers. I am looking forward to studying the subject at A-level as I like problem-solving. I then want to go on to veterinary school as I have known I want to be a vet for a long time. I have always enjoyed horse riding, looking after animals and anything related to animals.

“In preparation for my mocks, I would create mind maps, turn them over and see if I could recreate them. I would then look over them before a test. I would advise students taking their GCSEs next year to always be prepared, I struggled until I had my revision cards and wish I had ordered them earlier.

“I want to thank all my teachers who have supported me, especially Mrs Bond. I really struggled with English and she helped me to achieve my grade 9 and 8 in the subject.”


Sullivan Rymarz achieved three grade 9s in History, Maths and Music, five grade 8s in English Language, English Literature, French, Physics and Statistics and two grade 7s in Biology and Chemistry. He will continue to study A-levels in French, History and Music at Corby Business Academy. He said: “I am happy and achieved better results than I thought I would. I am looking forward to studying all my A-level subjects, in particular History as I love Ancient History comparing it now. I want to continue the subject at university and pursue a related career or possibly law.

“I used quizzes with family and friends, and revision guides really made the difference for me personally. I didn’t realise how hard GCSEs would be until I started taking them so students shouldn’t underestimate them. I would tell students studying their GCSEs next year not to have the approach that you can’t do them but instead get into a good habit of revising, then you will start to find them easier and will start achieving more.

“I would like to thank all my teachers who have helped me to achieve my grades. I have decided to stay on to study at Corby Business Academy Sixth Form as it is known for being good, the music facilities and opportunities are great and I know the school and feel comfortable here. The atmosphere at the Academy is really nice as well as the people. Since Mr Underwood has been at Corby Business Academy I have noticed a huge difference. The music department is amazing, when I was in Year 6 I played a couple of instruments and never did I think that I would end up performing at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.”


Ronni Hnatejko achieved two grade 9s in English Language and English Literature, four grade 8s in Chemistry, Drama, History and Polish, four grade 7s in Art, Biology, Physics and Statistics and a grade 6 in Maths. She is going to stay on at Corby Business Academy to study A-levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics. She said: “I am not disappointed with my results at all, I am really happy and pleasantly surprised.  I have enjoyed studying the sciences at GCSE and found these really interesting. I love Maths and this is why I have chosen to study this particular mixture of subjects at A-levels and I would like to take either Maths or Physics at university.

“I used flashcards and online learning as a revision tool. I made it a habit and would advise students studying their GCSEs next year to do the same, a little each day soon becomes the norm and helps you to feel less stressed overall.

“I have chosen to continue my A-levels at Corby Business Academy as the Sixth Form the school has really improved, the Academy is familiar to me, I like the look of what they offer here and they have great A-level teachers, particular in Maths. Everyone at the Academy is so welcoming and as cheesy as it sounds, it feels like a family.”