Students at March Neale-Wade Academy celebrate successful GCSE results
Students at Neale-Wade Academy are celebrating today after their excellent performance in this year’s GCSE examinations.
English and mathematics results remained consistent with 57 per cent pass rate across both subjects. Subjects that performed exceptionally well include: information technology 97.5 per cent, physics 90.5 per cent, chemistry 90.5 per cent and biology 88 per cent.
Physical education was another strength, with a pass rate of 87 per cent, highlighting the value that is placed upon healthy lifestyles within the Academy.
With a keen Trust focus on creative education, students achieved fantastic results in art and design with an 86 per cent pass, music 83 per cent and further superb results in performing arts and dance at 100 per cent and 73 per cent respectively.
Head of school, Aynsley Welling said: “I am very impressed with the efforts of our students and staff throughout the GCSE course. The progress that the students have made across the board in all subjects is very encouraging.”
Executive principal, Jason Wing said: “This cohort of students are the first to undertake the new style of assessment and I am extremely proud of how they have approached their GCSE examinations. I wish them every success in the future – well done all.”
This year, over 20 subjects were reformed in-line with English and mathematics from 2017 to achieve the Government’s desire to make GCSE examinations more challenging and rigorous. Coursework has been removed from most subjects and students are judged against their performance in terminal examination papers. Despite these changes, Neale- Wade Academy students have risen to the challenge, demonstrating resilience and desire to succeed.
Among the students picking up their results was Patryk Adamczyk who opened his live on the radio.
He spoke about the changes to the system and said the exams were harder but was pleased with his results which included 6s and a 7 (equivalent of As and Bs) in science and maths.
Amber Dobslaw, who also achieved great results that included an 8, four 7s and two 6s (A*, As and Bs), said: "We knew it was going to be hard and they were. The teachers prepared us as well as they could, but we didn't have any past papers to look at and the structure had completely changed so it wasn't easy. I'm really pleased with my results and I'm planning to stay on at sixth form and do A-levels."
Connie Gee was also celebrating her results having achieved more than she needed to take up her dream job as an apprentice at Stainless Metalcraft in Chatteris.
She said: "They came into school to talk to us about what they had to offer and ever since then it has been my dream to get an apprenticeship. I can't wait to get started.
"The exams were hard, the questions were really wordy and you had to read between the lines to find out what they were actually asking. I think if you struggled with reading then you would find them really hard."
Katie Chegwidden and Emma Harte, Year 11 progress leaders, said: “We are incredibly proud of how well our year 11’s have achieved in their GCSEs. They have worked tirelessly over the last two years despite some challenges faced as a year group. We wish them all the best for their future and after five years working together we shall miss them all.”
Gary Peile, chief executive of The Active Learning Trust, said: “It is great, once again, to be able to celebrate some great results from the students at the Neale-Wade Academy. At a time when the new GCSEs are more rigorous, the students at the academy are to be congratulated at their achievements.
“I would like to thank the staff at Neale-Wade for their tremendous support in a year of change and to celebrate the breadth of exams taken this year, which shows the commitment of Neale-Wade to a broad and balanced curriculum offer for the students.”
Many students made strong progress across a range of subjects. Special mention must go to a number of students who achieved the highly elusive grade 9 results, awarded to the top 10 per cent of students nationally along with grade 8, which equates to the previous A* and Grade 7 that is in-line with the old A grade.
The following students achieved excellent results in all of their subjects and from their full suite of qualifications include: Eleanor Murray five grade 9, two grade 8 and one grade 7, Georgia Clarke four grade 9, one grade 8 and five grade 7, Alex Redhead three grade 9, five grade 8 and four grade 7, George Allbut two grade 9, one grade 8 and six grade 7, Nathan Tyers one grade 9, five grade 8 and two grade 7, Meghann Jones four grade 8 and one grade 7.