In the year when all students across the country take the toughest GCSE examinations ever, All Saints’ Academy students pushed on to achieve their best ever GCSE English and Maths results heralding another record-breaking year! An outstanding 10% improvement at grades 9-4 (A*-C) included a significant number of excellent grades at the higher-level grades of 9-7 (A**-A grade equivalent).
The Sciences also made a massive 21% improvement on last year at grades 9-4 (A*-C) with excellent improvements in the single sciences and double award science subjects. Other GCSE subjects such as Religious Education, Geography, Business Studies, Music, PE and many others made significant improvements too. This achievement eclipses the successful examination results of 2017 when the Academy was ranked second amongst non-selective schools for student progress in the local area.
Mr Dermot McNiffe, Principal, said
Our GCSE results are really fantastic. This year students had to complete much harder examinations, containing more content which also involved students sitting more papers than previous years. I am so proud of all of our students’ achievements. The continued improvement in our GCSE and A Level results show that our students are really up for the challenge. They are really dedicated to working hard to fulfil their potential and in many cases exceed their potential in academic achievement. The great support they get from my team of teaching and support staff is brilliant and I am delighted that we have gained another set of outstanding results particularly in GCSE English, Maths and Science.
To continue thriving as a school during a difficult period of examination reform is no mean feat! It reflects our excellent drive for all students to achieve which is underpinned by the highest standards in teaching, learning and discipline to secure success. This day really proves that All Saints’ Academy is a great school and one of the best in Cheltenham.”
Year 11 student, Shana Kelly achieved exceptional GCSE results including 2 Grade 9s and 2 grade 8s (A** and A* equivalent) in English, Maths and RE. Shana will be studying at A-level at All Saints’ next year. Shana said ‘I am shocked, in a good way of course. I put everything into this year and it definitely paid off.'
Jose Lumactod achieved two Grade 9s in Maths and Science and Grade 8 and 7s in English, RE and Music. Jose, who will be studying A-level English Literature, Drama, Maths and Music at All Saints’ this year said, 'I felt nervous about picking my results up. I was confident I did well but I doubt myself alot. I was so relieved, overjoyed and overwhelmed when I opened my results this morning.'
Oliver Ray achieved a Grade 9, Grade 8 and Grade 7 in English, Maths, Science and RE. Oliver will continue his study at All Saints' choosing A-level History, English Literature and Drama. He said ‘I felt very apprehensive before receiving my results. I have been trying hard to keep calm. I feel so relieved now, like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I'm ecstatic with my results.'
Head Girl, Jess Sykes and Head Boy, Sam Knight also did brilliantly, gaining four and six respectively GCSE Grade 9-7s (A** – A Grade equivalent). Sam achieved a Grade 9 in RE.
Jess was also nervous when entering the hall this morning to pick her results up, 'I haven't been able to sleep at all. I'm elated with my results.'
Sam said 'I'm happy with my results because I worked hard for them!'
Well done to all our students you have done brilliantly and you are the best ever performing Year 11 GCSE cohort in the Academy’s history.