Students at Netherwood Academy are today celebrating a bumper crop of GCSE results, with 98% securing a Grade 9 – 4. Part of the Astrea Academy Trust, the academy has performed well under the new, tougher GCSE exams.

In 11 subjects, the academy saw an improvement in results, with improvements in English, Maths and Science. Particularly significant increases can be seen in English Literature (up 12%), History (up 18%), Music (up 23%) ad Health and Social Care (up 15%)

Last year saw the introduction of the new exams in English and Maths, but students this summer sat the new tests across virtually all subjects. Students and teachers also had to get to grips with a new grading system, with 9 – 1 replacing the old A* – G. Under the new system a Grade 7 equates to an A and a 4 reads across to a C.

The new system also introduces a brand new top grade 9. This new grade was designed to reward the very brightest and best students across the country. At Netherwood, the students stood out:

  • Casey Allen – secured a total of 9 GCSEs, with 9s in Maths and Geography and 8s in English Literature, Chemistry and Physics
  • Kelsey Chapman – secured a total of 9 GCSEs, with 9 in Art, and 8s in Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geography
  • Ryan Ackroyd – secured a total of 9 GCSEs, with 8s in Maths, English, English Literature, and Chemistry
  • Alexandra Nicholson – secured a total of 9 GCSEs with 8s in Maths, English, English Literature and History.

Angela Wells, Principal of Netherwood said:

“I am pleased with the many improvements shown in results this year. This is a promising indicator for future success. We have seen significant increases in many subjects, particularly in the EBacc. I’d like to thank the staff for all their hard work and congratulate both our students and parents.”

Libby Nicholas, CEO of Astrea said:

“Our congratulations go out to all students and staff at Netherwood Academy – it’s been a challenging time of change at the Academy, and Angela and her team have done a superb job supporting the students through the new exam system. We are now seeing some encouraging progress at Netherwood, with some particularly strong performances from students like Casey, Kelsey, Ryan and Alexandra.

“The future is looking very positive for Netherwood, and my congratulations to everyone who is celebrating these results today.”