Somercotes Academy Principal Caroline Yates with high achieving GCSE students.
Somercotes Academy is today celebrating another exceptional year of GCSE results, with 67% of students achieving at least a standard pass in Maths and English.
Under the new system for 2017, Maths and English have been marked from grades 1-9, with a standard pass being a Grade 4. All other subjects are marked as grades A*-C until 2018.
These improved results follow on from the success in 2016 when outcomes were vastly improved after joining Tollbar Multi Academy Trust. This year 80% of students achieved at least a standard pass in English with 53% achieving a strong pass in English. 67% of students achieved at least a standard pass in Maths with 43% achieving a strong pass in Maths.
Other notable achievements were: Chemistry 91% (grades A*-C); Biology 91% (A*-C); Physics 100% (grades A*-C); Additional Science 65% (grades A*-C); History 67% (grades A*-C) and Textiles 100% (grades A*-C).
High-achiever Melissa Jenney, who achieved a top grade 9.
Caroline Yates, Somercotes Academy Principal, said: "I am very proud of the students and staff today. Achieving good results in English and Maths is vital for these students to move forward with the courses they have chosen post-16. I am very grateful to the Multi Academy Trust for the substantial level of support they have given to enable our young people to do so well. The teaching staff have worked tirelessly to assist the students to achieve these results, with many hours of extra-curricular revision classes."
David Hampson, Chief Executive of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust, said: "These results are outstanding. For a relatively new academy with such a mixed ability cohort, and with the added pressure of the unpredictability of this year's changed curriculum and grade system, Somercotes students have produced exceptional results. I am so very proud of them all, and of the staff for their dedication and determination to ensure that the students succeed. These students can now move on to the next stage of their education armed with the grades they need for future success."
Students who scored highly included Melissa Jenney, who was among just 3% of students in the country who achieved a grade 9 today.
She said: "I got three A*s, a grade 7 in English Lit and a grade 9 in English Language. I am stunned. In my head I wanted top grades but I was being cautious because I didn't want to be disappointed. To have a grade 9 is beyond belief. Being among the top 3% in the country is the biggest achievement I can think of and I am so happy."
Elliott Jones achieved four A* and a grade 8 in English Literature. He praised the academy for putting on extra revision classes. "They really helped me and although I found it very hard at times, they helped me to get through."
Jack Ashton achieved three A grades and grade 7 in English Literature. He said: "I am quite confident and I didn't stress too much. We had a lot of support from teachers and I am really happy with my results."
Jessica Barkhouse, who achieved grade 7s in English Language and Literature, said: "I am going on to study A Levels at Tollbar Sixth Form College. I couldn't have had any more support from teachers here, they were amazing, and it was hard but I am proud of myself."
(l-r) Bailee Turrell, Melissa Jenney, Nicola Patchett, Kirstin Mumby, Jessica Barkhouse and Emma-Jade Patchett.