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Left to right - Max Hemmingway, Megan Mitchel, Paige Thacker, Isabelle Bird and Ben Waller at Kirk Balk Academy

Academy pupils celebrate 'best ever' GCSE results

Despite this year's tougher GCSEs, academies have seen marked improvement in their results

Posted by Lucinda Reid | August 24, 2017 | Events

The summer of success continues, as this year’s GCSE results have been revealed. Academies across the UK have been delighted with their results as despite the challenge of the GCSE reform, everyone’s hard work has paid off. Here is a round-up of some of the GCSE results:

Kirk Balk Academy

A staggering 75% of Kirk Balk Academy students overall achieved a pass in English, with 68% achieving the same in Maths.  Both scores represent a good improvement on last year’s equivalent passes at grades A*- C.  These are comfortably the academy’s best-ever results and are among the very highest locally.

Only a handful of students nationally who took their GCSE exams this year qualify for a ‘grade 9’, making the total of 10 students gaining a grade 9 at Kirk Balk a remarkable achievement for both the students and the academy. In addition, Isabelle Bird, Benjamin Waller, Paige Thacker, Megan Mitchel, Harry Sylvester and Emily Caswell also achieved a selection of the very highest grades, meaning that between them they secured over 50 A*/A grades or equivalent.

“The continuing success of Kirk Balk Academy is very pleasing,” said Jo Nolan and Dean Buckley, the Executive Principal and Head of Academy respectively. “This is a good set of results for us.  Our aim is to ensure that every child fulfils their potential and is fully equipped to proceed confidently to the next stage in their life – whether this is into further study or into training.  With results like these, we are certain we are well on our way to achieving this aim.  Next year we will do even better!”

Max Hemmingway, highest achieving boy 

Grangefield Academy

At Grangefield Academy, 61% of students overall achieved a standard pass in English and Maths, which represents an improvement of 28 percentage points in the equivalent measure over the last four years.

There were once again some outstanding individual successes.  Mitchell Cox, Jessica Fairhurst, Bonnie Chapman and Michael Blenkinsopp achieved over 20 A*- A grades between them with a number of grade 9s in English and Maths.

Michael Blenkinsopp, Jessica Fairhurst and Mitchell Cox

Academy of St Francis of Assisi

Students at The Academy of St Francis of Assisi (ASFA) in Kensington are celebrating today after receiving their GCSE results.

This year, 13 subjects at the academy showed an improvement in results since last year. These subjects included History, Biology, Physics, Drama and MFL. The academy also saw 8% more students achieve a grade 4 in English Language based on last year’s number of grade ‘Cs’.

Tracey Greenough, Headteacher, said, “Congratulations to all of our year 11 students who received their GCSE results today. All of our students have worked tirelessly throughout the year and I am thrilled to see that all of their hard work has paid off. Today’s results are testament to the dedication of our students and the high quality of teaching here at the Academy.”

Emily Losh

St Francis Xavier’s College

St Francis Xavier’s College (SFX) is celebrating yet another successful GCSE results day.

Following an excellent A-level results day last week – which saw a third of all A-level grades securing A* – B and a 100% BTEC pass rate – students from Year 11 kept up the good work with some two thirds of students passing five or more subjects. Plus, over 62% of pupils gained passes in both English and Maths.

Special mention goes to Patrick Clarke, Michael Downes, Ellis Dowling, Joseph Duffy and James Woods who between them amassed 43 grades at A*,A, 9 and 8. Patrick Clarke, previously young major of Liverpool has debated in the House of Lords and picked up an impressive set of results, including 4 A*s, two grade 9s, one grade 8 and 3 Bs. 

Gez Flowers, Head of School, said, “The GCSE results today are testament to the hard work of our Year 11 students, and the dedication of both our wonderful teachers and parents in supporting the boys and ensuring that they reach their full potential.”

Patrick Clarke and Joseph Duffy

The Academy of St Nicholas

The south Liverpool academy, formerly ESLA, is launching this September under its new name of The Academy of St Nicholas.

Student successes include Anthony Li, Owen Wilson, Natalia Szumiec and Amber Parr, who racked up 19 A*s and As between them. Two students achieved the coveted 9 grade in their Maths GCSE. Student Anthony Li achieved a prestigious grade 9 in his maths GCSE and took his AS Maths exam a year early, achieving an A*.

Earlier this year, Ofqual predicted that only 3 percent of students sitting GCSE Maths will receive a 9, down from the 7 percent awarded an A* last year. Anthony’s results are even more impressive alongside his 5 other A*s in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and RE. Anthony also achieved Distinction* in both ICT and Music.

Newly appointed Head of School, David Lancaster, said, “This is a special GCSE results day for us as it is our first under the Academy of St Nicholas brand. Our students and staff have worked hard so I am thrilled to see all of their work pay off.”

Natalia Szumiec

St Margaret’s CE Academy

This year at St Margaret’s Academy almost two-thirds of students passed five or more subjects including ‘strong passes’ in English and Maths.

At GCSE, many students have beaten or exceeded their targets, clearing the way for them to progress to further study in the sixth form.

Stephen Brierley, Principal, commented, “We’re all delighted that once again, so many of our students have realised their potential here at St Margaret’s. Following on from a great set of post-16 results last week, I am thrilled that our Year 11 students have achieved so highly too.”

Broadlands Academy

Broadlands Academy are delighted that a greater number of students than the national average have achieved the new ‘9’ grade (above an A* standard) in both English and Maths. An amazing 10% of our students achieved over 8 GCSE’s at a grade A or higher.

A special congratulations to Samuel Pollard who achieved an incredible 6 A*’s and three grade 9’s (one of only 2,000 students in the country to do so), Katherine Edgar (6A*’s and two grade 9’s) and Kelsey & Kristina Lloyd (sisters who achieved an outstanding 18 A’s and A*’s between them).  

Amongst the excellent results this year, 100% of students who studied Triple Science achieved above a C grade, with over half achieving the highest grades of A’s and A*’s. Continued success in English is also fantastic, with over three-quarters of students achieving or exceeding the new grade 4 bench mark.

Mr Hall, Principal at Broadlands Academy, stated, “Congratulations to all the students and staff at Broadlands and I know everyone has worked extremely hard for these results. A real breadth of success, that builds upon our OFSTED Good grading.”

Manor Community Academy

Manor Community Academy achieved an incredible number of good passes this year in English and Maths as the new marking system for awarding grades in these two subjects was used for the first time.  A staggering 111 students overall achieved a standard pass in English and Maths, which represents an improvement of 3% on last year’s equivalent passes at grades A*-C.

There were once again some outstanding individual successes.  Oliver Lawton achieved 13 qualifications which included the top grade 9 in Maths, English and English Literature, 7 grade A* and FSMQ further maths at Grade A. Chloe Wanley achieved 13 qualifications including Maths and English at the top grade 9, English Literature at grade 8 and 5 grade A*. 

Anne Malcolm, Principal, said, “I am very proud of all of our students and staff and would particularly like to praise the excellent attitude of the students and the positive support from our parents and carers.”

BTE Academy

Almost two-thirds - 61% - of students at Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy achieved a 4 or above in English and Maths, in their GCSEs. Nearly three-quarters - 73% - scored  a 4 or above in Maths and the figure was 67% in English. 

Rhian Priest, Principal, said: "I am very proud of the students and staff who have worked so hard to achieve these results. Yet again there have been some tremendous individual successes and we are particularly pleased with our Maths and Science results. In Physics 23% of pupils got either an A* or an A while in Maths, 20% achieved a 7 or above."  

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