There have been some outstanding individual GCSE student successes and some strong subject performances at Droylsden Academy. The school’s predictions were very accurate and results show a record number of students gaining the very top GCSE grades of A*/A. The school has also seen improvements in progress figures with more students than last year making strong academic progress from their year 7 starting points. Maths and Science results have also improved from last year.
65% of students achieved A*-C in English and 60% achieved A*-C in Maths. 1 in 6 students achieved the very top grades of A*/A in Maths and 1 in 8 students achieved the top grades in English. 16% of students achieved 3 or more A* / A grades. 1 in every 3 students achieved a grade B or above in Maths and 1 in 4 students achieved grade B or above in English.
Mr Wilson said “The results, especially the strong progress that many of our learners have made, are a testament to the hard work, commitment and efforts of our students and staff. Our students have worked extremely hard and they fully deserve their individual successes. We are very proud of all our students and we are delighted with the numbers being awarded the very top GCSE grades of A and A*; their achievements are absolutely fantastic and well deserved”.
Mr Wilson added that “we have seen students perform well across a wide range of subjects, doing especially well in English, Maths, Science, Computer Science, French, Drama, Dance, Art and Photography”.
“It was so nice to see our students when they came in to school to collect their results, as you would expect there were lots of smiles and it was lovely to hear the excitement in the room as students shared their results with their teachers and friends before they headed off to enrol at college so that they can begin the next phase of their education. So many students and parents took the time to thank our staff for the hard work that they have put in. What made the day even more special was watching some of our new year 7 students, who were attending our summer school, being encouraged to work and study hard over their next 5 years by the students celebrating their GCSE results”.
Droylsden Academy, which is under new leadership, recently celebrated a significantly improved Ofsted rating in October 2015 when both Leadership and Management and students’ Behaviour, Welfare and Personal Development were rated as good. Ofsted noted that the school had improved significantly since their last visit. Ofsted also noted that students are “eager to learn and are embracing a stronger work ethos”, “are increasingly positive about the academy” and “behaviour is good as students conduct themselves in a calm, orderly manner”. The findings of Ofsted were confirmed earlier this year when the school jumped 32 places in the national league table for similar schools.
Mr Wilson stated that “we remain fully committed to ensuring that Droylsden Academy becomes one of the best schools in the country and we are working tirelessly to ensure that this happens. It is pleasing that we have seen a significant increase in the number of new students joining us in September and I hope this is due to the fact that more and more parents in the local community are seeing the improvements being made and they are beginning to put their faith in us”.