THE Gateway Academy has announced a significant rise in the number of Year 11 students achieving GCSE passes as the GCSE results were released today. Despite the government imposing more challenging exams, students at Gateway smashed their previous record with a 17% increase in those achieving grade 4 or better in English with similar gains in maths, technology, geography, science, drama, PE, art and Spanish.
A particularly impressive feature of the data is the significant rise in the proportion of students achieving the higher grades with 20% of grades English and mathematics awarded being between 7-9 [with grade 8 being equivalent to the old A* and grade 9 only being awarded to the top 3% of students nationally in each subject]. The Academy is confident that overall students’ progress [the government’s measure for the national performance tables] will be above the National Average across all subjects when the validated figures are released later in the term.
Mrs Mc Laughlin, Gateway’s Head of School said, “ we are delighted that our students have achieved such wonderful results. It is a real testament to the hard work, long hours, commitment, passion and love of learning displayed by both staff and students throughout the academic year. To see many of our students arriving at the Academy at 6am to revise for their exams was magical’.”
Mrs Mc Laughlin went on to say, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Year 11 cohort from 2018 for their contribution to our academy, we are so proud of each and every one of them’. Lastly she thanked the staff, parents, the Gateway Learning Community and the wider community for their on-going support.
This impressive set of results rounds off a great year for the Gateway Academy which recently gained the much coveted Inclusion Centre of Excellence Award which amongst other aspects of academy life recognised the highest student attendance figures in the history of the Academy.
The Academy has published the results for the top performing students who are pictured below. Each of these students achieved grade 7 or above in each of their 8 subjects that count towards their ‘Progress 8’ score. Between them, they achieved 22 grade 8s and 14 grade 9s.