Students and staff are celebrating their best GCSE results in over five years, with 61% of students achieving grades 4 to 9 in GCSE English and Maths, up 10% on last year.

In addition to this, English Language, Maths, Biology, Combined Science, French and Art all outperformed the National Average in the 2019 Summer Series, at a Grade 4 and above level.

Among the individual subject highlights are a 27% rise in those achieving GCSE grades 4 to 9 in Combined Science, a 28% rise in those achieving a Level 2 pass in Business (equivalent to grades 4 to 9 at GCSE), and a 35% rise in those achieving GCSE grades 4 to 9 in Art.

Overall, there was a 9% rise in the number of students achieving five GCSE or equivalent grades 4 to 9, including English and Maths, which is a significant step forward for the Academy.

High achieving student Jasmine Morgan, who achieved two grade 9s in English Language and English Literature, the highest attainment grade possible at GCSE, commented:

“I am so proud of everything I have achieved. We’ve all worked so hard this year and I’d like to thank the school for everything they have done. I’m really excited to be here next year.”

Student Jake Saunders, who also achieved a grade 9 in Maths and Science, added:

“I’m very happy with my results and I am pleased to have achieved two grade 9s. I’m grateful to everyone who has taught me and supported me through exams.”

Another high performing student, Aimee Nolan, said she could not believe what she was reading when she opened her envelope:

“I couldn’t have done any of this without my teachers, who have given up Saturdays and holidays to offer me extra support. It’s a fantastic feeling.”

Science students performed exceptionally well, with 91% of Biology students, 84% of Chemistry students and 84% of Physics students achieving GCSE grades 4 to 9, while Combined Science results increased by 27%, and Iain Green, Assistant Head Teacher, Teaching and Learning, said:

“I would like to congratulate students who have done an amazing job and achieved the results they truly deserve. Parents and carers have been very supportive, and all our students have worked very hard. I would like to pay a massive tribute to our staff who have also worked long hours, weekends and holiday to make this happen – none of this would be possible without them.

“These results demonstrate the quality we have in our staff and student bodies here at Grace Academy and we can take confidence that we are on the right track. We hope to build on this next year to consolidate this performance. There is no magic bullet, it’s just been a lot of hard work and effort by staff and the students; it’s been a big team effort, but it has certainly been worth the reward. We want to take the time to savour an excellent set of results, but we also see this as the start of the journey, and not the end of it.”

Year 10 early entry students for English Literature performed well, with 78% achieving grades 4 or above, and Kim Catling, Assistant Principal for Ethos and Student Life, added:

“We are so proud of the Year 10 students who sat their English Literature examination a year early. Their hard work and application embodies the school ethos and values, and it’s an early confidence booster for these students. Year 10 students have had the same opportunities as our Year 11 students. We have provided bespoke intervention, with a designated person having oversight of student progress, working with parents and carers to coach them in preparation for their exams. We have made every effort to identify who needs support and who is doing well. We have now established what works well and it’s now about building on a culture where our students want to better this year’s performance.”