Tollbar Academy students are today celebrating outstanding GCSE results with 86% achieving grades 9-4 (a standard pass) in English and 79% achieving Grades 9-4 in Maths.
In total, 47 children achieved at least one top Grade 9 - the equivalent of the old A* grade, and there were 133 Grade 9s achieved across all subjects.
Under the new grading system, subjects have been marked from Grades 1-9, with a standard pass being a Grade 4 and a strong pass being a Grade 5. At Tollbar Academy, 71% of students achieved Grades 9-5 in English (a strong pass), and similarly 60% achieved Grades 9-5 in Maths (a strong pass).
There were 325 students in the year group, and 74% of those achieved Grades 9-4 in both English and Maths (a standard pass), with 53% achieving Grades 9-5 (a strong pass).
Individual subjects were also notable for their raft of top Grade 9s: History (14 Grade 9s); R.E. (13 Grade 9s); English Literature (18 Grade 9s); English Language (13 Grade 9s); Physics (16 Grade 9s); Chemistry (18 Grade 9s); Biology (10 Grade 9s); Combined Science(13 Grade 9s).
Stephen Moon, retiring Principal of Tollbar Academy said: "These results are outstanding. They are the consequence of the extreme hard work put in by the students and staff at the Academy and they place the students in a very good position to go on to further academic courses or apprenticeships. It is a privilege to be able to leave the Academy on such a high note."
David Hampson, Chief Executive of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust, said: "The results achieved by students at Tollbar Academy, particularly in English and Maths, are exceptional. It is difficult to quantify the hard work that goes into achieving results like this, both on the part of the students and the staff. The unpredictability of the new grading system and the mixed ability of students across all of Tollbar MAT's non-selective academies means that results day can be a very pressurised environment for everyone involved. At Tollbar Academy we also have a very large number of students in the year group, and these students deserve my sincere congratulations for an outstanding performance."