Students at the Macclesfield Academy were celebrating the numbers who achieved the highest grades (Grades 7-9) on the new GCSEs. Although these new qualifications are regarded as more challenging than the ones they replaced, Academy students exceeded the national pass rates at these highest grades in Geography, History, Spanish, Art, Music and Drama.
Speaking after the publication of the results, Mr Richard Hedge, Headteacher said, “All over the country, schools had been worried about the impact of the new GCSEs. I am delighted with the way that our staff and students have risen to the challenge of these new exams and congratulate all of the students on such impressive results. Provisionally, almost 65% of students achieved grade 4 or above (the standard pass) in English and/or Maths and there were significant improvements in the number of students achieving the highest grades across a range of subjects “.
Among the high flying Year 11 students achieving multiple grades at these highest levels were Patrick Wood, Rob Rowson, Maddie Burton, Max Ludlaim, Emma Feay, Matthew Markin, Harry Johns, Georgia Clarke, Millie Carter and Jamie Robertson. “Each and every one of these students has done really well” said Mr Hedge “and I congratulate them all”.
Mr Hedge added “Our unique curriculum structure means that not only have our Year 11 students outperformed the national levels in many subjects but we also have students in Years 9 and 10 who have passed the new GCSEs at the highest levels and paved the way for even greater success in the coming years.”
The Academy was inspected in October 2017. We were pleased that the inspectors recognised many of the Academy’s strengths including:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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