Worksop: Top GCSE results at Outwood Academy Portland

Outwood Academy Portland principal Dr Phillip Smith
Outwood Academy Portland principal Dr Phillip Smith

Pupils and staff at Outwood Academy Portland are celebrating another phenomenal year of GCSE results.

A high percentage of students at the academy achieved the very difficult new performance measure of five A*-C grades including English, Maths and now a further GCSE with only a maximum of two vocational results counting.

Head teacher, Dr Philip Smith, said: “I am absolutely over the moon that we hit a 76% pass rate in English and Maths.”

Nationally, it was predicted that number of pupils achieving the five A*-C GCSE standard would fall but this did not materialise. However, GCSE English suffered its biggest drop since the creation of the qualification 25 years ago with C grade or above passes falling from 63.6 per cent to 61.7 per cent.

Dr Smith dedicated the impressive performance to hardworking staff and students.

He said: It’s down to outstanding teaching day in day out, for every single lesson and students that are so committed and so hardworking.”

“It all comes together and in the end results just keep getting better and better.”

Outwood Academy Portland had some very high achieving star pupils, including Emma White who obtained 14 A* grades.

She said: “I’m obviously very happy but I think I’m mainly a bit shocked.”

Emma plans to study Maths, Biology, Chemistry and French at A-Level with hopes of becoming a doctor.

Other top performers from the Outwood (Portland and Valley) include: Daisy Kirk (9A*s, 5As), Josh Johnson (7A*s, 5As), Alice Walker (6A*s, 3As, 2Bs), James Bennett (6As, 4As), Hannah Mulvey (5A*s, 5As), Louise Piper (5A*s, 5As) and Steph Dobson (4A*s, 8As).