TENSE weeks of waiting were over as hundreds of GCSE pupils across the district tore open those all-important results envelopes this morning (Thursday).
Students from Outwood Academy Valley and Portland, Serlby Park Academy, Clowne Heritage and Worksop College gathered nervously at their schools to find out how they had fared in their exams.
The atmosphere was buzzing at Outwood Academy Portland which celebrated record-breaking results this year - not only increasing their percentage pass rate but also doubling the number of A*s achieved.
The number of pupils receiving five or more A – C grades has seen a dramatic increase from 72 per cent to 91.3 per cent. Students receiving five or more A – C grades including English and Maths has also increased from 40.9 per cent to 56.4 per cent.
As well as the core subjects seeing an increase, the success has continued across a wide range of subjects, with the number of five A – C grades achieved in GCSE French, for example, increasing from 75 per cent last year to 93 per cent this year and a significant leap in Business Studies results increasing from 31.4 per cent to 90.9 per cent.
The congratulations continue, as not only has the number of A – C grades increased, but the number of A*s has doubled, growing from 20 last year, to an outstanding 40 this year.
Year 10 students are also joining in the celebrations as 51% have already passed their GCSE Maths exam before even entering Year 11.
Outwood Academy Portland principal Dr Philip Smith said they were extremely proud of all the students.
“They have worked extremely hard and their effort has paid off. These record breaking results highlight the effort, determination and time that both the students and members of staff have put in,” he said.
“Our Year 11s have been a pleasure to work with and we look forward to welcoming many of them back next term when they embark on their sixth form education.”
Students from Outwood Academy Valley were also jumping for joy after receiving dramatically improved GCSE results, which includes a 23 per cent increase in the number of students that have achieved a 5+ A*-C grades including GCSE English and GCSE Maths.
This year 97 per cent of students from Outwood Academy Valley have achieved 5+ A*- C GCSEs - a dramatic increase of 40 per cent on results from 2011.
The record results also show that 66% of students achieved 5+ A*-C grades including GCSE English and GCSE Maths.
Academy principal and chief executive of Outwood Grange Academies Trust, Michael Wilkins, said today’s results would stand students in good stead for the future.
“This year’s results are a significant achievement for the students at Outwood Academy Valley with dramatically improved results including a massive leap in the number of students achieving five or more GCSEs including English and Maths.”
“This is a phenomenal achievement and we are delighted for all of our students. I must praise the Principal, Rob Tarn, for his leadership. These results are testament to his relentless focus on putting ‘Students First’ and reflect the hard work and dedication of our students, their families, the staff, Academy Council and the Trust Board. “
Outwood Academy Valley principal Rob Tarn congratulated students, teaching staff and parents for working together to ensure a significant transformation in student achievement.
“These results also reinforce our recent OFSTED report, which acknowledged the Academy’s rapid progress to achieve a ‘good’ award with outstanding features. It is once again a great example of why Outwood Academy Valley is a school to be proud of,” he said.
Celebrations were also in order at Serlby Park Academy, with a 64 per cent pass rate in A*-C including Maths and English - an increase of 16 per cent on 2011.
Principal Lady Chris Edwards said pupils and teachers have done Serlby Park, themselves and the community ‘proud’.
“From the transition to Academy status to the best GCSE results achieved ever, including Maths and English, no-one can say this school has been lost in translation,” she said.
“Since the School Partnership’s Trust’s involvement last year, Serlby Park has taken on the challenge of improving standards in it stride.”
She added: “It would seem in a year predicted to be its most challenging, all Serlby Park staff have come out of the transition stronger, more focused and more successful.”
“Our Year 11 pupils have achieved a good basis to either enter the world of work or go on to our ever-expanding Sixth Form.”
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