Isle students celebrate GCSE success

South Axholme Academy GCSE results.
South Axholme Academy GCSE results.

Teenagers across the Isle have celebrated their success in the new harder English and mathematics GCSEs.

Building on the success of recent years, the provisional data for 2017 indicates that 64 per cent of students in North Lincolnshire - including Isle students - have achieved at least the new Grade 4 pass in both English and mathematics, with 40 per cent achieved the higher Grade 5 in both subjects.

With the changes to the grading system that have taken effect, the new Grade 4 is roughly equivalent to the old Grade C in both English and mathematics.

The new progress eight measure introduced by government is 0.41 at South Axholme Academy this year, which, when comparing with last years results would put the school in the top 10 per cent of schools nationally.  

Sarah Thompson, Head of Isle Education Trust and Principal at South Axholme Academy said: “This is, quite simply, fantastic.  

“It just goes to show that with sustained high quality teaching and an ethos of support and belief, students can achieve amazing things.”

Scott Barlow, Associate Principal added: “Watching the faces of student after student opening results that have brought tears of joy and screams of delight from students and parents alike.  

“South Axholme staff should be full of pride for the amazing results they have delivered with their students. There were some amazing performances by departments.”

Colin Bagley, Chair of Governors said that he had been left ‘speechless’ by the ‘phenomenal’ success of students at the Academy.

Some notable individual performances include Joseph Kelsey who gained seven A*s, two As and a nine in mathematics.

Esme Craven achieved five A*s, three As and a nine in mathematics. Jessica Hather gained 6A*s and nine in mathematics.

Councillor David Rose, cabinet member for Children, Families, Learning, congratulated everyone who collected their results.

He said: “We are immensely proud of the success of our students in the new, more challenging English and mathematics GCSEs.

“Our schools deserve huge credit for weathering the changes to the examination system and ensuring that our young people continue to achieve well in their GCSES.

“I am delighted with the results across all subjects and would like to offer my warmest congratulations to everyone involved – not least of all the young people and their families.”

Students at The Axholme Academy, Crowle, also performed well.

In total, 76 per cent of students achieved a level four or above in English and maths and 47 per cent gained a level 5 or above.

Principal Joe Sellars said: “Both figures are significantly above the North Lincolnshire average and maintain the excellent standards we have maintained for many years.

“If you equate the level four results with the previous C or above grade then these represent our best ever results. Whilst it is impossible to accurately predict progress eight scores at this point I am confident that this too will be strong.”

Stand out individual results included Sophie Walker who gained a top level nine in both English and English Literature, a level seven in maths and A grades in all her other subjects.

Other high performers with a string of top grades include Rosie O’Connor, William Mc Cullion and Sophie Haslam.

Mr Sellars added: “I am really pleased with the GCSE results our students have collected. They have worked incredibly hard with great support from their teachers and parents.

“They have coped admirably with the additional pressure of tougher GCSE’s and the new numerical grading system in English and maths. It was lovely to see so many students and their parents come into school to collect their results and celebrate together.”