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Students at Ormiston Rivers Academy are celebrating personal triumphs as they receive their GCSE results

Overall, more than half of the students (55%) achieved a Grade 4 or better in English and maths, with a 4 the new grade set by the Government as a pass, and broadly equivalent to the old Grade C.

In English, an impressive 70% of students achieved a Grade 4 or above, with 53% achieving a Grade 5 or higher – defined by the Government as a “strong pass” or better. There was also success in maths, with 67% of students achieving a Grade 4 or above. These results are particularly impressive, given that this is the first year of the new tougher exams.

The 2017 summer exam season saw students sitting the new Grade 9-1 GCSEs for the first time in English and Mathematics, with staff working incredibly hard to prepare students for the new examinations.

Progress across the academy was also particularly strong, underlining the value that the school adds to students from when they join aged 11. The Academy’s “Progress 8” score – which measures improvement from Year 7 across eight subjects, including key academic subjects – was 0.64. That equates to each student achieving on average almost two thirds of a grade better per subject than they had been expected to achieve when they joined the Academy.

Almost one fifth of students at the Academy achieved the EBacc, which is the set of academic subjects that universities and employers are most impressed by.

There were some outstanding individual success stories:

•Christopher Lloyd is also celebrating after achieving 9 GCSE’s or equivalent, including a Grade 6 in English and Mathematics, an A in Additional Science, Religious Studies and Geography, Distinction* in Computing, and a Merit in Engineering. These achievements are all the more remarkable, as Christopher was diagnosed with leukaemia in Year 9 and missed a significant amount of school time whilst in hospital receiving treatment, as a result. He received the Ormiston Academies Trust annual award for “Inspirational Learner” in July, as recognition for his achievement. Christopher has also been an outstanding ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust and has worked tirelessly to raise funds for the charity.

•Amy Cooper achieved 12 top grade GCSEs or equivalent, including a Grade 9 in Mathematics, English Language and English Literature, and an A* in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Psychology and Religious Studies, and grade A in Spanish. Amy also achieved Distinction* in Computing and Distinction in Business & Enterprise.

•Callum Lloyd achieved 14 GCSE’s or equivalent, including a Grade 8 in English Literature and Grade 7 in Mathematics, as well as an A* in Physics, double award Performing Arts, Grade A in Biology, Chemistry and Physical Education and Distinction* in Computing and double award Engineering. Callum has received a conditional offer from the prestigious Wellbeck College, and is now waiting to hear if this has been confirmed.

•James Tavner achieved 13 GCSEs or equivalent including grade 9 in Mathematics and grade 7 in English, A* in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science, grade A in Geography, Psychology and Religious Studies, grade B in Spanish and Distinction* in Computing and double award Engineering.

•Twins, Melissa and Jasmine Carruthers are celebrating a total of 22 GCSE’s between them, including top grades in English, Triple Science, History and Computing.

Principal at Ormiston Rivers Academy, Joan Costello, said:

“We are absolutely delighted with the significant and well-deserved successes that our hard-working students have achieved. We look forward to continuing to work with many of them again next year in Rivers Sixth Form. I would also like to thank our staff and parents for their hard work and commitment, which are so important to the students’ successes.”

Nick Hudson, Interim CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

“It is our absolute priority to ensure that every student fulfils their potential, no matter what their background, and we are delighted to see these brilliant results from Ormiston Rivers Academy. Students, staff and parents deserve great credit for these results which reflect their commitment and determination to succeed and we look forward to building on these achievements year after year.”