Students at Colchester Academy, Colchester celebrated outstanding progress as they collected their GCSE results today. Since converting to academy status as part of the Bright Tribe Trust the school has radically improved, with this year’s results seeing improved academic measures from the previous year’s results as well as gaps between key inclusion groups narrowing significantly. Individually a number of students performed particularly well, celebrating A* results as well as grade 8s or above in the new maths and English GCSEs.
The 2017 summer exam season saw students sitting the new Grade 9 – 1 GCSEs in English and maths for the first time. Under the new grading system Grade 9 is the highest grade, set above the current A*. The intention of the new system is to provide more differentiation, particularly among higher achieving pupils. As the grades do not map across to the A* – G format this means comparison with previous years cannot be made immediately.
In spite of the extra pressure a number of students at Colchester Academy gained exceptional results. Kaylee Boughton performed particularly well achieving a grade 9 in maths, two grade 8s in English, five A* and three A grades. Rebecca Dennis gained two grade 8s in maths and English as well as seven A*and A Grades in other subjects. Students Abbie Boswick-Pagani and Emily Rowley also achieved outstanding progress, on average their results were two grades higher than expected.
At Colchester Academy Year 10 students were also entered for their English Language exam with one student, Toni Akinsanya, performing spectacularly to achieve a grade 9, the highest grade awarded, above the previous A* grade in English.
Fiona Pierson, Principal at Colchester Academy commented, “We are absolutely delighted to see so many students achieve so well, with many outperforming their predicted targets. Staff and students alike have worked incredibly hard throughout the year and I am delighted with the success the school has achieved. I wish all students the very best of luck in the next stage of their education.”
Mary McKeeman, Chief Operating Officer at Bright Tribe Trust commented, “It is wonderful to see the hard work and determination from all pupils, staff and the wider Bright tribe trust pay off with the achievement of these excellent results. We will continue to build on this success in order to see Colchester Academy become the outstanding school of choice in the local area.”