There were smiles and celebrations at Queen Elizabeth Academy today – part of Diverse Academies Trust – as students collected their GCSE results.

One student who was delighted with his results was Konnah A. Konnah achieved grade 9s in English language, maths, physics, geography and statistics, and grade 8s in English literature, biology, chemistry, computer science and French. He said: “I am happy with my results and looking forward to starting college.”

Another happy student today was Emily H, who gained Distinctions in music and child development, 6s in English language, English literature and religious education. In combined science Emily achieved a grade 6 and grade 5, and she also received grade 5s in geography and maths. Emily said: “I am happy with my results. I was worried, but I have done better than expected and I feel good.”

Also celebrating today is Rayan Q, who achieved a 7 in maths, 5s in English literature, chemistry, physics and history and a Distinction ** in engineering. Rayan said: “I am feeling good about my results and looking forward to starting college.”

There were also smiles all round for Alexander R. He gained a grade 8 in maths, four grade 6s in English language, chemistry, physics and history, and four grade 5s in English literature, biology, computer science and religious education. Alexander said: “I am more than happy with my results, and I am looking forward to my next steps.”

Principal, Donna Percival, said: “We are immensely proud of what our students have achieved today. These results reflect the commitment, resilience and dedication shown by our students. Everyone at the academy is delighted for our students and we wish our year 11 students every success for the future.”