Gosforth Academy is the highest performing academy between the Scottish borders and the river Tyne!
Breaking the 75% barrier for the very first time!
In a year when many schools are reporting drops in GCSE performance, students at Gosforth Academy are celebrating record results with 78% achieving 5 or more A*-C including English & Maths, smashing the 75% barrier for the first time. The previous best performance of 71% was in 2011 so this year’s jump of 7% represents a really significant step change for the school.
97% of students achieved 5 or more A*-C grades and 100% achieved 5 or more A*-G. In a year where we have been warned of ‘turbulence’ these figures are stunning. Students have been put under intense pressure, particularly in English and Maths and so it is a delight to see all their hard work reap such rich rewards. After what many regarded as the ‘GCSE Fiasco’ of 2012 when Ofqual changed the grade boundaries for English and a number of students got lower grades than they deserved, we have spent this year scrutinising every aspect of our teaching and learning to ensure that our students could succeed.
Students at all levels of ability made outstanding progress. Ofqual made it clear that this year standards would be more rigorous. We are thrilled that our students, their families and their teachers have excelled themselves again.
51% of students also attained the English Baccalaureate measure which recognises students who have secured a C grade or higher across a core of academic subjects – English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a language. In 2012, the national average for state-funded schools was 16%.
Gosforth Academy ‘A’ Level Results 2013
51% of all grades are A*- B!
The class of 2013 have achieved brilliant results. This year, when the government has made it clear that it is tightening up standards on previous years, 26% achieved A/A*, 51% of all grades achieved at the school are A*- B with 7% at A*. 23 students achieved all A/A* grades. 151 students have moved into higher education with more than a third going to a Russell Group or 1994 group university. 126 got their firm choice university. Additionally 8 students have started Art Foundation courses, 1 joined the Armed Forces and 24 embark upon exciting Gap years. 9 students have taken the route into higher level apprenticeships which can lead forward into a sponsored degree. 3 students have been accepted onto prestigious traineeships and sponsored degrees including Andrea Simmons who got 3 A* and is taking up a position with KPMG in Birmingham. Some of our most successful students - Yijie Ren 4 A* and is reading Mathematics at Cambridge, Bruce Weaver 3A* and an A and is reading Physics at Imperial, Steve Evans with an A* and 3As is reading Modern and Medieval languages at Cambridge, with 3 As Jack Slone is off to read Law at Oxford, Lindsay Campbell and Ben Talbot will read Medicine. Congratulations to all our students, their families and teachers for all their sterling efforts.