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GCSE Exam Results Report 2018

Students at Felixstowe Academy are today celebrating a marked improvement in their Maths and English combined GCSE results of 55% Grade 9-4. In addition to this eight academy students secured the new highest grade 9 in their subjects, of which about 4% of entries nationally where able to achieve.  Part of Academies Enterprise Trust, the academy has performed well under the new, tougher GCSE exams.

In Physics and Biology students did particularly well, with 86% and 81% respectively achieving Grade 4 and above, as well as 100% of Health and Social Care, 90% of Catering and  95% of Photography students.

The new grade 9 was designed to reward the very brightest and best students across the country.   Among many happy students on GCSE results day were eight students who achieved Grade 9’s in one or more subjects. Grade 9 is the highest grade, set above the old  A* awarded to the top 5% of students. The exams watchdog, Ofqual, says fewer grade 9s will be awarded than A*s and that anyone who gets a 9 will have "performed exceptionally". Students achieving Grade 9’s in Year 11 were Eva Porter (English, History, Spanish), Ally McKinnon (Geography and Citizenship), Charlotte Caley (Physics), Jordan Glass (Geography), David Mazur (English), and Samuel Walker (Maths).  Equally impressive were two Year 10 students, James Cameron and Will Gibbs, also secured Grade 9 after sitting their Maths GCSE a year early.


(Pictured left to right: Ally McKinnon, Tessa England, Sam Walker, David Mazur, Charlotte Caley and Eva Porter)

Ally McKinnon was all smiles as he celebrated his superb results with friends.  In addition to his Grade 9 results, Ally gained an A grade in ICT, Grade 8 in Maths and Sciences and Grade 6 in both English exams. Ally said ‘I just want to thank the academy for all their support.  Teachers were so helpful and the way revision clubs were organised through the year was so well planned that I could attend all my core subject areas. I really want to especially thank Miss Watson, Mr Jones and Mr James for all their encouragement and support.’

Year 10 student James collected his Maths result with mum and sister Hayley.  A delighted James said ‘I really enjoy maths and even enjoyed the exam. It feels really good to have a grade 9!’  He went on to add ‘I want to say thanks to my teachers Mr Wanner and Mr Jones for their support and the time they gave him for extra study.’  James is pleased to get the exam out of the way a year early and plans to start his AS Level Maths course in September, as well as focus on his other GCSEs.  

James’ mum, who also sat her Maths exam early when she was at school, was rightly proud of her son’s achievement saying ‘I am so pleased for James, he really deserved it as he worked so hard to sit the exam.  I am also grateful to the academy for showing confidence in him and supporting his early GCSE entry.’

Also celebrating with students was Anthony Williams, Principal of Felixstowe Academy.  Mr Williams said ‘We are extremely pleased with our improved headlines figures in Maths and English, and that 88% of subjects have seen an improvement in the number of students securing a 4 or above. This was achieved through the willingness of students to be fully committed and engaged in lessons, revision sessions and booster workshops throughout their course. We have seen a marked improvement in the quality of teaching, high expectations and support from our teaching staff.’

‘As with our A level achievements we are delighted with the proportion of students who have achieved the very highest grades across a range of subjects. This was a very special year group, and I would like to thank them and the teaching staff for the positive outcomes this year.’

Many students were accompanied by equally nervous parents, keen to support their children in one of the biggest moments of their lives so far.  Joe Wray’s parents were ‘pleased and proud for him’ as he opened his envelope. Joe added ‘I am really chuffed to have passed all my subjects! Year 11 went so quickly, but I am so pleased to have got the grades needed for my next course.’  

Other students celebrating included Annabelle Ansell and Hannah Lygo who shared that their positive Results Day represented a triumph academically and personally.  Hannah, who was particularly pleased with her A grades in Health and Social Care and ICT, shared that ‘I didn’t expect to get these great results. There were times when I felt my anxiety over facing the exams might overcome me actually entering the exam hall, but my friends and teachers were amazing in their support.  The hard work paid off!’

Tessa England and Jess Ozanne also praised the support of staff during the exam period.  Tessa highlighted the support she received in Science saying ‘Mr Ward was brilliant at helping me cope with the stress before the Science exams.  I feel really good now though, with results that were better than I hoped with Grade 7 in both my Science exams! Who’d of thought I would get that!’

Jess went on to add  ‘I’d really like to thank Mrs Sherwin for her help over the last year. I really enjoyed our lessons and she helped me achieve the highest mark I could get in Maths which I’m so happy about.  I’d also like to thank Mr Wren in music, as he gave up his time to help me to get what I needed to succeed, and the work really paid off.’

Many teachers were present through the morning to share with students as they opened their envelopes, as Results Day often marks the end of shared personal journeys.  One example was Imogen Cochrane and Mrs Dockery who celebrated together as Immie discovered she had achieved Grade 6 in both English Language and English Literature.  Mrs Dockery shared ‘Immie had real crisis of confidence during the year, even though I knew she was such a capable student.  We asked the students with write a letter to themselves to remind them about focussing on the bigger picture and to reaffirm their strengths.  I am so proud of Immie’s achievement.’

Immie added ‘I am so grateful to Mrs Dockery for having confidence and belief in me to succeed.  Although it was a real challenge my grades are so much better than I had hoped. I am so happy!’

Julian Drinkall, Chief Executive Officer of AET, extended his congratulations to the academy saying Our congratulations go out to all students and staff at Felixstowe Academy – it’s always difficult getting to grips with a new exam system, but students have done extremely well and their hard work and focus over the last two years have clearly paid off.  Particular congratulations to Eva, Charlotte, David, and Samuel – they are part of a very small and elite group of students across the country and deserve to be recognised.’

‘At AET, we are committed to providing an education that paves the way for our students to go on and live remarkable lives and we wish all of our students the very best for the next step they take on that journey, whether it is further study or going into training or employment.’

‘The future is looking very positive, and my congratulations to everyone who is celebrating these results today.’

GCSE Exam Results Report 2017

Students returned to the Academy to collect their GCSE exam results and discover how they had performed in the new GCSE examination and grading system for English and Maths.

Amongst those celebrating today were Lucy Borrett, Yasmin Payne and Emma Borrett, who all achieved grade 9 in Maths on Results Day.

Yasmin, whose grade 9 in Maths was amongst a range of top grades she achieved in English and the Sciences, explained that the anxiety of waiting was finally over, ‘I am so relieved to have my grades confirmed!  I have been going over exam scripts and checking mark schemes to try and predict what grade I might have achieved.  The wait is finally over and I am so pleased with my grades!’

Sisters Emma and Lucy Borrett also achieved a further six A*/A grades each to accompany their grade 9 in Maths.  Emma shared her happiness that the wait for Results Day was finally over saying ‘The new Maths exam was hard and I am so glad I started my revision plan in September.  That, along with after school sessions, really helped to prepare me.  The stress is finally over - I am so happy!’

Lucy also thanked her teachers for supporting her in her final year saying ‘the teachers offered lots of support after school, and this really helped my personal revision.  I can’t believe I achieved a grade 9 in Maths, I am really delighted.’

Many students were accompanied by family members and met by staff eager to support and share in Results Day.   However, the biggest smile on the day was Hope Rutterford, who was joined by her mum, Kirsty Aberdein, and Key Worker, Paula Birchall.  

Hope, who has had Cerebral Palsy since birth, completed her GCSE courses with grades 5 and 4 in English, an A grade in Health and Social Care and three additional higher grade GCSE passes.  Beaming as she celebrated her successes, Hope shared ‘I am lost for words to describe how I feel.  I am so happy.  We had a good time in lessons.’  Hope’s mum was full of pride in her daughter explaining ‘It is such an incredible day.  When Hope was born it was touch and go as to whether she would survive, but now she has her GCSEs and is planning to take a business course in September. It goes to show that from humble beginnings Hope has been able to achieve great things.  She already has a business plan in mind, so I can’t wait to see what Hope achieves in the future!’

Hope’s Key Worker, Miss Birchall, added ‘Hope’s hard work has paid off.  She brings so much joy to those around her and I am also very proud of her!’

Amongst a range of higher grade exam passes, student Emma Fawkes achieved a grade 9 in both the new English Literature and English Language exam!  Emma said explained that the mock exams used in the build up to the final exam helped her to improve on her exam techniques.  Emma explained ‘In my first mock I gained a grade 9, but then my subsequent grades dropped.  I just keep revising, practicing and reading lots and the final grades were amazing.  I am really proud of myself!’

Jumping for joy were Raminta Ozelyte and Sandra Espitia who were ‘so happy’ with their exam results.  Both students picked out their Health and Social Care results as the grades they were most proud in.  Raminta explained ‘my target grade was a C, but to find out that I gained an A* was amazing’.  Sandra, who was celebrating gaining an A grade in the same subject said ‘I am really pleased that the hard work shows in my grade!’.

Jack Sharman and Thomas Gibbs both felt the idiom ‘a weight off your shoulders’ best described how Results Day went for them.  Jack, who secured a grade 8 in both English exams and grade 7 in Maths alongside his other higher grade passes, felt pride in his grades.  Thomas was really pleased with his grade 8 in the new Maths exam but explained that he felt prepared, saying ‘it is really down to working hard and stay focused on your revision plan.  It does pay off in the end’

Felix Barber was ‘really happy’ with his A grades in German, Religious Education and Sociology, but went on to add ‘but I am really proud of my grade 7 in English!’.  Mrs Barber, Felix’s mum, added ‘I am really chuffed for him.  I had every confidence that his hard work would pay off, but as a parent you are still very nervous on Results Day.  I think we will go off celebrate now!’

Felixstowe Academy’s Principal, Anthony Williams, said ‘we are all very pleased and proud of our students’ achievements. We are particularly pleased with the number of students who achieved the highest grade (9) in English and Maths. I’d like to thank the teaching staff for their hard work and commitment in supporting our students.’  

At Felixstowe Academy 62% of students who sat the new English GCSE achieved grade 4 or above, with 59% of students sitting the new Maths GCSE achieved grade 4 or above.  48% of students achieved combined Maths and English at grade 4 or above.  

GCSE Exam Results Report 2016

Students collecting their GCSE results at Felixstowe Academy today have achieved the highest number of A* to C grades in GCSE Maths and English!

The hard work, commitment and resilience of Academy students saw the number of students achieving A* to C grades in English rise to 70% against 53% in 2015 whilst in Maths the figure grew to 64% compared to 56% in 2015.  The overall figure for students achieving an A* to C grade in both Maths and English increased to 56% against 42% in 2015.

Academy Principal Mr Williams celebrated the commitment students had shown to their studies and subsequent success, saying ‘We are immensely proud of our students. They demonstrated a strong work ethic and showed great resilience, responding well to new initiatives and high expectations from their teachers, who have also been fantastic and have been prepared to go the extra mile. We are equally pleased with the significant improvement in progress for English and Maths, and the improved A*- C grades in 17 other subject areas’.

However, this is just the starting point for the Academy as Mr Williams went on to explain ‘We are extremely proud of these results and so pleased that we can share them with the many people who have helped and supported the Academy this year. Much of this success is down to the dedication, commitment and quality of our teachers and teaching assistants. However, we know we must be unrelenting in our efforts to improve teaching and learning and the overall quality of provision. Our real challenge is to see these results improve year on year, with increased levels of progress and even better outcomes for our students.’

The strong improvement in academic results for English students also brought a 23% improvement in students making their expected progress, above national figures.  Mrs Hartley, Subject Leader for English, beamed as students shared their exam results with her in the Atrium.

Mrs Hartley praised the resilience and commitment of students and staff, saying ‘The English Department are absolutely thrilled with the results for both English Language and English Literature. The grades received demonstrate the students’ hard work and determination to succeed; they’ve really ‘bought in’ to the after school, holiday and Saturday sessions, giving up their time in an effort to produce such wonderful grades. I am particularly impressed with those students who did not give up after the November exams and who persevered to achieve higher grades in the Summer exams.’

So many students on Results Day praised the overwhelming support of the Maths Department and programme of additional group and one-to-one revision sessions they ran.  Time and again students gave examples of how the support they had received had made the difference to them making progress and achieving higher grade results, explaining that their final year in Maths seemed like a shared experience between students and staff.

Members of the Maths Department were with students at the final stage of the exam process - discovering the results of all the hard work.  Mr Jones, Subject Leader for Maths ‘What an amazing set of results!! All credit has to be given to the students, they have been absolutely fantastic.  The commitment and hard work they have put in has been rewarded. The Maths Department could not be prouder of our awesome students.’

Impressive results for students taking Computer Science were also a highlight with 86% of students securing a higher grade result. Students praised teachers for the enthusiasm and motivation to get them ready for the final exams. Mrs Bustos, Subject Leader for Computing ‘Once again, the computing department are delighted with such an outstanding set of results at GCSE. Computer Science and ICT managed an overall pass rate of 100%, with ICT achieving 85% A* - C grades up from 79% in 2015.’

Mrs Bustos went on to add ‘We are particularly excited about the success of our Computer Science pupils. This was the first cohort to undertake the GCSE qualification and the course had its many challenges. However, with a lot of hard work, determination and perseverance, we managed in our first year of teaching Computer Science achieve 86% A*- C!  Both pupils and staff worked incredibly hard over the past 2 years and can feel very proud of such a wonderful achievement.’

When reflecting on what factors and initiatives had made the difference to results this year, Vice Principal Dr Riach felt that there was a fundamental shift in the year group in their final year.  Dr Riach explained ‘The students bought into the idea that they could succeed, and understood what it would feel like to succeed, and the staff were there to work with them as a team.’  

He went on to say ‘We used the early entry English results and Mock Exams to emphasise the need to prepare for exams early by giving out results through a formal ‘results day’ format.  The aim was to highlight how it felt to succeed and also what it could feel like to fail.   I believe that this played a part in focusing students on wanting to succeed, and in helping us achieve the best results we ever had in Maths and English.’

Assistant Vice Principal Mr Stopher added ‘At the same time we stopped issuing ‘predicted grades’ and gave them their actual results based on where the student would be if the Mock Exam result had been their GCSE exam.   This helped the students to know where they were at in the build up to their final exams.’

Mrs English, Achievement Director for Year 11, picked up on the theme of many comments being made by students when she shared her view on the progress made by students in the year group ‘There was a great rapport between staff and students this year that helped to build trust and a team working mentality in the year group.  It was clear to the students that they weren’t on their own, but they had a team supporting them to succeed.’

Dr Riach agreed with this view ‘There was definitely more team working between staff and students, but also between students.  I remember one day where students had a revision day for Maths and English, but when it came to the end of the day so many students stayed behind to keep going into the evening. The additional sessions we ran with the students over the year actually became a lot of fun, and we had more students turning up than had originally signed up!’

However both Dr Riach and Mr Stopher felt that there was a fundamental difference focus towards building a strong mentality this year, supported by the arrival of Mr Williams.  Dr Riach reflected ‘I feel it is important to note the arrival of our new Principal and the direction and resources he brought into the Academy.  For example, our involvement with the PiXL Partnership led to both students and staff gaining access to a new level of support which has helped to raise standards and aspirations.’

Mr Stopher went on to explain ‘The PiXL events were so important in raising aspirations.  We took students to national and regional events that celebrated student success, to show them what is possible.  It took the emphasis away from ‘grades’ to highlighting what success could mean to their future lives and careers.’

Dr Riach agreed and added ‘I felt that last year our conversations with students were not just about bluntly ‘working harder’.  Our partnership with PiXL enabled us to personalise conversations with students specifically targeted the areas needing development within the classroom.  This really helped the teaching staff to pitch their support to the individual need of the students and the level or ability they were at.’

With visitors commenting that Felixstowe Academy’s Results Day was ‘one of the most positive and happy’ Results Days they had been too, we would like to congratulate students and wish them the very best in the next stage of their education journey!

2015/2016 English Examinations Update

Please read our article on the success for students in their early entry English exams...

GCSE Exam Results Report 2015

Felixstowe Academy saw an increase in the number of students achieving the A* to C grade in Maths compared to last year, with 35 students achieving the highest A*/A grades.  Results in Biology, Chemistry and Physics were also being celebrated with 89% of students achieving A* to C grades.

The combined A* to C for all subjects was 57%, with student achieving A* to C in both English with Maths totalling 42%:

  • Students achieving A* to C grade in English: 55%
  • Students achieving A* to C grade in Maths: 57%

Josh Leads the Way with Nine A* Grades!

Students enjoyed a sense of ‘relief’ and emotion as they collected their GCSE results at Felixstowe Academy today with some of the best ever outcomes for individual students. Many students spoke of the delight in their ‘hard work paying off’ and reflecting that even though their Year 11 experience had ‘gone by very quickly’, they had an amazing final year as a community.

Joshua Smith, Robbie White, Nancy Barnsley, Max Harrold and Ollie Rose

Opening their results together were Joshua Smith, Nancy Barnsley and Ollie Rose.  Joshua, who was celebrating securing nine A* GCSE grades as well as an A grade in Additional Maths (a bridging course between A Level and GCSE), said ‘I hadn’t really thought about my results until today, and then I suddenly felt nervous about the results. Then we all arrived, had our envelopes in our hand then it was over in a flash!  It feels great to know I have these results.’

Nancy, who also achieved brilliant results with three A* grades in English Language, English Literature and History alongside four additional A grades, agreed with Joshua that is was great to know the results.  Asked if she had any advice for the new Year 11 students in September Nancy replied ‘I really enjoyed the whole of Year 11, but you need to pace yourself to get the most out of it.  Start on a revision plan in good time and factor in breaks.  There is a lot of work but if you give yourself time you will feel good throughout the year - and on results day!’

Ollie, who was ‘relieved’ when he discovered that he achieved four A* grades in Physics, Chemistry, English Language and Maths alongside A and B grades, agreed adding ‘If you push yourself you can achieve everything you set out to achieve.  The year goes quickly so the sooner you start with revision the better you will feel as you approach the exams.’

Mr Salter, Principal of Felixstowe Academy, said 'I am absolutely delighted to see so many of our students celebrating the outstanding success across so many GCSE subjects that will enable them to pursue further studies or apprenticeships.'

With over half of the students taking History securing A* to B grades, staff were congratulating students as they opened their results.  Student Megan Barbor was 'overwhelmed' with her results as she discovered she had achieved 100% marks in three areas of her History course to secure an A* grade along with an A* in ICT and additional A and B Grades. With a few tears in her eyes she said 'I hadn't expected to achieve full marks in these areas, it is amazing.  I just made sure that I took time to revise and it all came together.'

Nikita Pond, Matthew Varley and Callum Burrows
Nikita Pond was celebrating with seven A* grades and an A GCSE grade alongside securing an A grade in Additional Maths, pictured with Callum Burrows and Matthew Varley.  Nikita was pleased that the hard work resulted in some fabulous grades saying ‘It was a full on year but I enjoyed it.  I hadn’t really thought about the results until last week and then today it was great to see these grades in sciences and Maths.’  

Callum Burrows was also delighted with his results, achieving three A* grades in Maths, ICT and Physics, five A grades alongside a B grade saying ‘the phrase if you put the work in, you get the results means so much to me now.  The whole year went so quickly but I now realise that the work put into my courses paid off!’

Matthew Varley, who plans to start training as a plumber in September, was pleased with his mix of A* to B grades and is ‘looking forward to starting on a career as well as continuing studying’.

Lucy Fossett and Ellie Haste

With broad smiles, Lucy Fossett and Ellie Haste were celebrating achieving excellent results. Lucy, with an A* grade in English Literature and Distinction* grades in Business Studies and Health and Social care alongside five A grades and two B grades, reflected that it had taken ‘a lot of hard work’ to achieve the smiles!  She said ‘Although it was a tough year it was also one of the best as the shared experience of exam stress pulled the whole year group together as no other year had.’  Ellie, who also achieved a Distinction* in Business Studies along with A* grades in Maths, her two Science courses, agreed adding ‘many of us made new friends in Year 11 and will have positive memories of this year together.’

Both Lucy and Ellie had siblings collecting their A Level results the previous week, so found it hard to put ‘Results Day’ out of their minds over the past week.  Lucy couldn’t wait to get in to collect her results today ‘As soon as I had the envelope I ripped it open, saw the results and was elated!’.

Asked if they had any advice for the new Year 11 students, both Lucy and Ellie said ‘Listen to the Year 11 students before you!’  Lucy went on to explain ‘start your revision early, a bit at a time.  Be sensible and flexible with your revision planning to give time to the subjects needing more work.  It is scary and you will worry, but it will work out!’

Nancy Barnsley, Tiegan Fielding and Emily White

Tiegan Fielding echoed this sentiment when she said 'I am so relieved, all the time worrying was wasted energy!'. Tiegan, who achieved an A* in Religious Studies alongside four A grades and B grades, felt that she had had 'good guidance from teaching staff especially in Maths, English and Science' and that the iPad resource students are given in as they start their GCSEs was 'a massive help as it meant I could communicate to teachers really easily at anytime I was working.'

Along with others on results, Tiegan also felt that the shared experience of students in Year 11 brought them closer together saying 'We all worked extremely hard, realising in Year 10 what we needed to do.  I met some really great people in Year 11, but Results Day is my highlight of the year!'

Flossy Cook, Nikita Pond, Caleb Woodard and Jasmine Betts

Caleb Woodard was one of the first students in to collect his results and felt ‘great’ to finally be holding his results saying ‘I have won awards and gained certificates in sport, but this is totally different! I am really pleased that I can go on to study PE.’

Having secured a Distinction* grade in Health and Social Care long with other great results, Grace Cruse, who was accompanied by her mother, felt her experience in Year 11 was ‘amazing!’ Grace wanted to thank her teachers for the support she had received throughout the year saying ‘My teachers supported me throughout my GCSEs but in Year 11 they kept on providing me with the opportunities reinforce the information being given out in lessons through additional revision sessions and being on the end of an email for any questions I had.  They were fantastic!’

Mrs Cruse noticed the developing confidence in her daughter in her final GCSE year ‘Grace was definitely treated more like an adult in Year 11 and she thrived on that.  She seemed to stay calm throughout the year and stayed focussed on passing her exams.’

Grace is planning to study Health and Social Care alongside Sport, and wish her all the best for her cricketing career as she has recently found out that coaches from the England Women’s Cricket Team will be watching her cricketing progress closely!

Flossy Cook and Jasmine Betts felt the emotion of the day but were already looking forward to focussing on their favourite courses as A Levels in September.  Flossy said ‘I am glad to have my results and am so relieved to see my grades!’ with Jasmine adding ‘There was definitely pressure in our final year but it has all worked out well for us.’

Benjo Hall

Students within the Music Department were celebrating  great range of results with 87% students securing grades A* to C, with 56% securing A* to B grades.  As he collected his results, which included a Distinction* and B grade for BTEC and GCSE Music, Benjo Hall reflected on the range of opportunities he had taken to perform not only here at the Academy but also abroad as part of FXAspire.  

Benjo said ‘Although Year 11 was stressful in places it was on the whole really enjoyable.  I felt that as a Music student I had lots of opportunities to not only perform but also contribute to the planning of concerts and the music we would perform.  The Jazz Band tour to Barcelona was a real highlight, closely followed by the Summer Concert.’  He went to add ‘the resources available to Music students are really good so we were able to get really creative with Garage Band or Sibelius software packages to help with our coursework.’