Droylsden Academy Headteacher Phil Wilson is pleased with the GCSE results this year. The number of students gaining the national benchmark has increased by 5% from the previous two years. 52% of students gained 5 or more GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths. 71% achieved A*-C in English and 60% achieved A*-C in Maths. The progress that many students made from their starting point in year 7 is also very pleasing.
Mr Wilson said “The results are testament to the efforts of our students. They have worked extremely hard and they deserve their individual successes.” There have been lots of success stories with many students achieving the top grades. 13% of our students achieved 3 or more A* / A grades. 35% achieved a grade B or above in English, 28% achieved grade B or above in Maths. There were also improvements in Science. Furthermore, students did well across a range of subjects, doing especially well in English, Literature, Maths, Geography, History, French, Drama and Photography”.
“It was lovely to see the students when they came in to school to collect their results, there was lots of excitement and many of them were heading off to enrol at college as they now have the grades they need to continue their studies. It was also very nice to see lots of the students take the time to thank their teachers for all the hard work that they have put in.
The improved GCSE results come on the back of a visit to the school in July by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools (Ofsted). HMI noted that the school has improved since her last visit in December 2014. Mr Wilson said, “This judgement is a reflection of the hard work, commitment and efforts of staff and students alike. HMI noted that there were “positive relationships between teachers and students”, “improved attitudes to learning” and “high expectations of students’ behaviour in the classroom and around the Academy”. HMI also noted that “students conduct themselves in a calm and orderly manner”.
Mr Wilson stated that “although we still have much to do to achieve our vision of Droylsden Academy becoming one of the best schools in the country, we remain relentless in ensuring that this happens”
Paige, Jamie, Simon and Jack celebrate their excellent results