‘Inspirational’ group wow with results
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