The Neale-Wade Academy has seen record breaking results with 58% of students achieving the gold standard measure of five A*-C including English and mathematics.
These results surpass the previous record by 6% and are up 8% from last year’s results.
Principal Jason Wing said: “I am very pleased with the outcome as it represents a 16% increase over the last two years and at a time when the examination boards are increasing the rigour of the marking. 80% of our students achieved five A*-C grades and 93% gained five A*-G grades.
“Our mathematics results improved to 68% which is a 12% increase on last year’s results and breaks the all-time record for mathematics results by 10%. Students from other year groups also sat their mathematics examinations early and 39% of our Year 10 students have already passed their GCSE examination a year early along with 27% of our Year 9 students and 9% of our Year 8 students.
“This will mean that the pressure of GCSE examinations will be alleviated for these students in future years. This significant increase in mathematics results appears to buck the national trend as results across the country seem to have dropped in this core subject. English results improved to 65.4% and this is pleasing as we have focused on developing the literacy levels of all of our students.
“Other subject areas have performed admirably and I am very pleased with the results for chemistry, physics and biology as they have all improved by at least 12% to be in the 92-98% range at a time when nationally these key subjects have seen a drop in performance.
“All of these improvements represent the hard work of our students, commitment of our invigorated teaching staff and the very valuable support that our parents have given. We have submitted 20 re-marks for English and Mathematics papers where students are very close to the C grade boundary and I am hopeful that we will meet our own highly ambitious target of 60% for five A*-C grades including English and mathematics.”
And he concluded: “It is fantastic to see the hard work of the entire Academy community come to fruition and once again we are able to demonstrate that the Neale-Wade is on an upward trend. These GCSE results back up the excellent AS and A2 results from last week. I am confident that the Neale-Wade can deliver improving results year on year as we strive to be a good and then outstanding school. I hope that we are beginning to instil a sense of confidence within the town that the Academy is making further improvements and that we have high aspirations for all of our students.
Neil Tuffin, Head of Year 11, said:”‘Congratulations to Year 11 on achieving the best results that the Neale-Wade has ever gained. I hope that each student has achieved what they require for their future careers. They have responded magnificently to all that has been asked of them and deserve to be successful.”
Notable individual successes are:
Isobel Mawby – 6A*, 5A and 2 B grades
Alex Field – 2A*, 9A and 2B grades
Lucy Halls 5A* and 6A grades
Jade Ketteringham – 5A*, 4 A and 2 B grades
Daniel Youles 5A* and 5 A grades
Danielle Westgate 4 A*, 4 A and 1B grades
Tom Ward 5A* and 4 A grades
Millie Patyn 5A*, 2 A and 1 B grades
Katie Linard 4A*, 4A, 1 B and 1 C grades
Rachel Lucas 2 A*, 4A and 3 B grades
Charlie Hewitt 1 A* and 6 A grades
Patrick Denham 1 A*, 6 A and 6 B grades
Christian Day 1A*, 6 A and 2 B grades
Katie Blanchard 5A and 4 B grades