TEARS of joy could be seen at ORTU Hassenbrook Academy, based in Stanford-Le-Hope, as students opened their envelopes to see their results in the new style GCSEs results released today (Thursday 23 August).
Preliminary results show another significant hike in outcomes with
English- Grade 4+ up by 11% from 56% (2017) to 67%.
Grade 5+ up by 13% from 38% (2017) to 51%.
Maths – Grade 4+ up by 9% from 63% (2017) to 72%.
Grade 5+ up by 18% from 41% to (2017) to 59%.
English and Maths combined Grade 4+ up by 14% from 47% (2017) to 61%. Grade 5+ up by 18% from 27% to (2017) to 45%.
Other praiseworthy performances include: Music, Art, Biology, Chemistry Physics and Health and Social Care.
Ms Joanne Williams, Headteacher of Hassenbrook Academy, said: “I am totally thrilled for our students. I am so, so proud of them.”
When asked what she was most proud of this year, Ms Williams added: “The staff and the children having the desire to keep working really hard at something where the rewards were not always immediate. To believe you can change and that you can make a difference and improve, takes real resilience. I am really proud of staff and children for being able to achieve that”.
Discussing the results, Miss Williams said: “It is obvious that the rate of improvement is fast paced and importantly – sustained, the whole school is incredibly pleased with the number of grade 9s within the results. A lot more of them have been admitted into the Ortu 6th Form this year because of the quality of their grades. I want to thank our fantastic staff for all they have achieved. Parents have been crucial to Hassenbrook’s success this year and we owe them much of today’s joy.”
The best performing students were:
Luca Seaford,16 (Pictured) from Grays, who achieved 5 grade 9’s, 2 grade 8’s and 2 grade 7’s, said “Thank you for all the teachers help. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Luca would encourage people to think about attending Hassenbrook Academy, he said: “It’s a small school with about 78 pupils per year. You really get to know your teachers, so it’s probably one of the best schools you can come to for pushing you to you to the best of your abilities.”
Luca will be attending the Stanford and Corringham Sixth Form in September to study Maths, further maths and physics with dreams of university to work in Aerospace Engineering.
Sarah Reeves, 16 (pictured) from Stanford-le-Hope, who achieved 5 grade 9’s, 3 grade 8’s and 3 grade 7’s, said “It was worth all the extra work, I am over the moon.”
Asked what the best bit of Hassenbrook Academy was, Sarah said: “The teachers, to be honest. They are lovely and hilarious. It is very one-on-one here. They know us individually really well and I don’t think I would have done as well without their support.
Sarah is going to Harris Academy Sixth Form in Chafford Hundred to study Law and History with the hopes to become a barrister.
Kevin Patel, 16 (pictured) from Chadwell St Mary, who achieved 1 grade 9, 3 grade 8’s, 2 grade 7’s and 3 grade 6’s said “I am lost for words. Thank you so much.”
Kevin is going on to study Maths, Computer Science and Chemistry at Coopers College in Upminster and highlighted that his favourite teacher was Mr Lewis and his favourite memory at the school was a 2-week trip to Sri Lanka for Geography.