Merchants’ Academy celebrates some fantastic GCSE results

Among the high achievers in Merchants’ Academy’s Year 11 cohort today are Hugo Maindron, who gained six grade 9s, three 8s and a Distinction*; and Madison Watts who achieved five grade 9s, three 8s and a Distinction*.

Evie Gann who earned five grade 9s, three 8s and two 7s, has won a scholarship to Colston’s School to study Maths, Economics, Philosophy and Ethics as she pursues her dream of developing a career in finance.

Shera Shaeed Akma, who achieved two grade 9s, five 8s, one 7 and a Distinction*, will study for A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Art at Bristol Cathedral Choir School sixth form. Shera said: “I did even better than I thought I would. Learning during Covid was stressful but I’m really pleased with my results.”

Maria Eze gained two grade 9s, six 8s and a 7; and Milana Raizenson achieved three grade 9s, three 8s and three 7s. Other students who had notable achievements include Ryan Millet, Lois Britton, Toby Mountford and Chloe Yates.


Lois, who is moving on to study at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, said: “I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much so my grades were a great surprise today, I’m really happy.”

80 students will now move on to MA.16, the sixth form at Merchants’ Academy.

Head of Merchants’ Academy Secondary, Vicki Starkie, said: “We are pleased and proud of the GCSE results achieved by our students after such a challenging couple of years. Merchants’ Academy has seen some outstanding individual results. We are delighted that our school’s overall performance in English and Maths is up on last year and that there is no significant difference between the results of those who come from financially disadvantaged backgrounds and those who do not. We wish all our young people well as they move on to the next step in education, training or employment.”

Merchants’ Academy and MA.16. are part of Venturers Trust, which is sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol.

Photo captions:

Main photo: Assistant Vice Principal, Joe Unwin; Madison Watts; and Head of Secondary, Vicki Starkie

Joe Unwin with Hugo Maindron

Joe Unwin with Evie Gann

Sheera with Vicki Starkie

Joe Unwin; Milana; and Vice Principal, Rob Williams

Joe Unwin; Toby Mountford; and Assistant Vice Principal, Bianca Ramsden

Chloe Young with Bianca Ramsden