‘In­spi­ra­tional’ group wow with re­sults

Macclesfield Express - - GCSE RESULTS - KAREN BRIT­TON

AN ‘in­spi­ra­tional co­hort’ of stu­dents at Mac­cles­field Academy have wowed their teach­ers with a fan­tas­tic set of re­sults.

Seventy seven per cent of stu­dents achieved five or more A*-C grades, 58pc with maths and English and a third with more than eight passes at B or above.

And head­teacher Richard hedge said the school had more cause to celebrate, as anal­y­sis by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has put the school among the top per­form­ers.

He said: “Ev­ery year we cal­cu­late the progress made by our stu­dents us­ing a for­mula worked out by the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion.

“The av­er­age score for all the schools in the coun- try is 1,000. The first cal­cu­la­tion this year shows that our score is 1,027. This will al­most cer­tainly put us amongst the most suc­cess­ful schools na­tion­ally and is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment on the part of our stu­dents and staff.

“When we opened four years ago we set out to pro­vide a rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent cur­ricu­lum which would en­able stu­dents to ex­cel across the widest pos­si­ble range of sub­jects.

“The fact that our re­sults have risen yet again and that they have gained these grades across a to­tal of 27 dif­fer­ent sub­jects shows that we are well on the way to achiev­ing what we set out to do.”

Laura Hal­sall, act­ing head of school, who joined the Academy last Novem­ber, said: “I have worked with Year 11 stu­dents at three other schools and have never seen a group of stu­dents who have ap­proached their GCSEs with such ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment.

“They are an in­spi­ra­tional co­hort who re­ally de­serve the suc­cess they have achieved and I know that, as they move on to A-lev­els, to vo­ca­tional cour­ses and to ap­pren­tice­ships, they will only go from strength to strength.”

Among those cel­e­brat­ing at Mac­cles­field Academy is Alex Brown­john who achieved 11 A*s and four As.

So­phie Bux­ton, 16, from Sut­ton, picked up 1A*, 3As, 8Bs and 1C, and is thrilled to be able to go on to Pendle­ton School of Per­form­ing Arts in Sal­ford to study drama.

She said: “I’m over the moon. I’ve worked so hard and spent hours and hours re­vis­ing ev­ery day, and it’s fi­nally paid off.”

Francesca Smith, 16, of Bond Street, Mac­cles­field, passed 14 GCSEs and will go on to study A-lev­els in maths, art, psy­chol­ogy and PE at Tyther­ing­ton School. She said: “I’m so happy, es­pe­cially with my English literature as I got an A*, which was a real sur­prise.”

●● Seb Freke-Morin and Katie Smith with their re­sults from Mac­cles­field Academy

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