Excellent GCSE grades celebrated at Tuxford Academy

Excellent GCSE grades celebrated at Tuxford Academy

Tuxford Academy, part of the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership, is celebrating another year of excellent GCSE results.

23% of all grades were A*-A (or the new equivalent, 7+), which is up from 11% in 2016.  70% of students at the academy achieved five or more standard passes (the new grade 4 or equivalent) including English and maths, up from 67% in 2016. The overall amount of students who were awarded five or more A*-G grades has also risen to 99.2%, up from 97.9 last year.

The new grading system for some GCSEs has meant that 3.2% of students across England were awarded a grade 9 in English literature, 2.2% in English language and 3.5% in maths.

Caitlin Cook, from Collingham, achieved two grade 9s, three A*s, three As, a B, a grade 6 and a merit. She said: “I have worked very hard this year but I didn’t expect I’d have done this well! I’m really looking forward to coming back to Tuxford Academy to study for my A Levels in September”.

Lucy Walsh, from Retford, was also a high-achiever and was awarded two grade 9s, two A*s, five As, a grade 7 and two Bs. She said: “I’m so proud of myself. I thought I might do quite well, I’ve certainly worked hard for my results, but my grade 9 in English language has really surprised me!”

Other success stories from the day included:

  • Ella Draper, Norwell, one A*, a grade 8, six As, a grade 7, three Bs and a distinction;
  • Fraser Ridgeway, East Markham, one grade 9, five As, a grade 7, three Bs and a grade 4;
  • Wilfred Wright, Collingham, one grade 9, two grade 8s, three A*s, three As and two Bs;
  • Garvin Benn, Walesby, two A*s, two grade 8s, three As, two Bs, one C and a distinction;
  • George Sinclair, Walesby, three A*s, two grade 8s, four As, a grade 7, one B and a distinction;
  • Hannah Barnett, East Markham, a grade 9, eight A*s, a grade 8 and a grade 7;
  • Jacob Lamming, Walesby, one A*, five As, two grade 7s, a grade 6, one C and a distinction;
  • Jhanavi Jeganraj, Elkesley, one grade 9, a grade 8, three A*s, four As, a grade 7, two Bs and a distinction;
  • Megan Davies, Cromwell, one grade 9, one A*, a grade 8, six As, two Bs, a grade 6 and a distinction;
  • Oscar Wickstead, Newark, two grade 9s, one A*, five As, a grade 7 and one B;
  • Phillip Brackenridge, Woodbeck, three A*s, two As, three grade 7s, three Bs and a distinction.

Hannah Roe, from Newark, came away with two A*s, a grade 8, two As, a grade 7, a grade 6 and four Bs, and said: “I can’t believe it, it’s fair to say I’m quite happy right now. My Dad worked at the academy for around 40 years and I’m so pleased I’ve made him and my Mum proud today – I’ll be back for post 16!”

Tuxford Academy principal, David Vernon, said: “The hard work and commitment that our students have shown this year has been reflected in this fantastic set of results.

“It is also testament to our outstanding staff members, who have worked tirelessly to provide the support, drive and knowledge needed to help our students to reach their goals – even with this change in courses and grading. I am proud of both our staff and our students this year, as I am every year, and feel incredibly fortunate to be principal of this academy.”

Young people attending schools in England are the first to sit these new GCSEs, which are being rolled out over a number of years. Courses and grading have changed for English literature, English language and mathematics.

The key changes are:

● Courses are more challenging, but should not affect the grade achieved by students when compared to the former system

● A new 9 to 1 grading system has been implemented

● Grade 9 is the highest grade

● Grade 7 aligns with the former grade A, 4 with C and 1 with G