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Record Breakers!

GCSE 2019 Success!

GCSE 2019 Success!

Record breaking students and staff at The Macclesfield Academy are celebrating a second successive leap in exam performance after the publication of the GCSE results.  Last year the percentage of students achieving Grade 4 in both Maths and English jumped by a massive 12 percentage points to 52%.  Provisional analysis shows that this year’s students have built on that impressive performance and a record breaking 62% of them have achieved both of these important benchmarks.  This is the best result since the Academy opened in 2011.

Commenting on the results, Headteacher Richard Hedge said, “Naturally I am thrilled.  Our students and staff have worked so hard all year and it is a delight to see their efforts paying off in this way.  Maths and English are so important because they unlock so many doors for future study and employment.  However, we have always prided ourselves on the breadth of our curriculum and I am equally pleased that our students have also excelled in a wide range of other subjects including French, Spanish, ICT, Geography, History, Music, Drama, Digital Photography and PE. There has been a great deal of national publicity about how the new GCSE exams are harder but these results show that, with good teaching and hard working students, it is possible to do even better under the new system than the old.”

Mr Hedge added that “while it is always invidious to single out individual students, mention must be made of Meggie Bradley, Alex Carter, Martha Noakes and Jason Shields who all achieved six or more passes at 7+ which places them amongst the highest performing students in the country.  Equally however we are exceptionally proud of the many individual success stories of students who have overcome barriers of all kinds to achieve some remarkable results.  We wish all of them well with the next stage of their learning.

GCSE Results 2019

2019 Performance & Attainment Headlines

(August 2019 – unvalidated)

Cohort Summary
Cohort 83
Students achieving a good pass (grade 4 or higher) in English and maths
English 76%
Maths 74%
English and Maths 62%
Students achieving a strong pass (grade 5 or higher) in English and maths
English 58%
Maths 33%
English and Maths 28%
Progress/Attainment 8
Progress 8 -0.18
Attainment 8 43.50
EBACC Measures
Students Entered For the E-BACC 35%
Students in COHORT Achieving the E-BACC 22%

The Academy was inspected in October 2017.  We were pleased that the inspectors recognised many of the Academy’s strengths including:

  • The breadth and quality of our curriculum and its success in meeting students’ needs
  • The success with which students are prepared for their next steps after leaving the Academy
  • The strong culture of reading at the Academy which means that students enjoy reading and read confidently
  • The quality of questioning in lessons and the level of thinking and reasoning that results
  • The good behaviour and attitude to learning shown by students in lessons
  • The care and pride our students take over their work
  • The effectiveness of our systems for setting and monitoring homework
  • The clarity and usefulness of the reports we send home to parents
  • Our students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development
  • The way in which our students are prepared for life in modern Britain
  • Our extracurricular provision and the level of participation in our enrichment programme
  • Our careers education and guidance which ensures all students progress to further education, employment or training after Year 11
  • The quality of staff training and performance management
  • The quality of our provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and the good progress that they make
  • The quality of our safeguarding systems which ensure that our students are safe and feel safe
  • Our good work to promote students’ personal development and well being
  • The way in which our students learn to respect differences and tolerate views that are different from their own
  • The fact that bullying is rare and is dealt with effectively so that students say they are “safe to be who they want to be”
  • The support students receive when making the change from primary school to secondary school
  • The fact that our students are taught how to be healthy and stay safe, including online
  • The fact that the Academy is a calm place where students are polite and have positive relationships with one another and with staff
  • The orderly way in which students move around the school and the punctuality with which they arrive to lessons
  • The outcomes for our most able pupils
  • The strong progress made by students in years 9 and 10

However, when they considered the progress made by our students, particularly our disadvantaged students, in the 2017 exams and the attendance of our disadvantaged students, inspectors decided that we were a school which requires improvement.  We believe it is unfortunate that the inspectors did not give more weight to the 2015 and 2016 exam results when our students made more progress than those in any school in Cheshire East but, nonetheless, we completely accept that there are, as always, things we need to improve.  The full report can be found here.

Along with governors and all of our staff team, I have formulated a detailed plan to address the causes of underachievement and low attendance among some of our disadvantaged students.  In particular we will:

  • Improve the consistency of challenge in our teaching so that teaching in all subjects is as good as the best, including through the more effective teaching of grammar across the curriculum,
  • Improve the way that we use our pupil premium grant and our grant to help children who arrive in year 7 below the expected levels in Maths and/or English and
  • Improve the way that we monitor the implementation of our actions to support these vulnerable children.

Parents should rest assured that we will work tirelessly to make these important improvements.  In implementing these changes, we will, however, also hold firm to the many strengths of the Academy which the inspectors recognised in the report and which led 95% of our parents to tell them that they would recommend the Academy to a friend.

If there is any aspect of the report which you wish to discuss in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact me on richard.hedge@macclesfieldacademy.org in the first instance.  I should then be very happy to arrange either a telephone call or a personal meeting to discuss the report further and to explain the changes we are making as a result.

Please look at our exam results, our Ofsted report and the school performance tables. However, please also remember they are only part of the story. Please also come and see our staff and students at work and see the powerful attitude to learning that underpins the progress our students make every day. Every day is an open day at the Academy so please feel free to make an appointment to come and see us on any day in the school year.

Link to performance tables Click Here

New GCSEs: Parent Guide to Results Click Here