Droylsden Academy celebrates GCSE improvement as hard work pays off
Thursday 23rd August 2018 @ 17:06 by Tom Greggan
Droylsden Education GCSE Results News Tameside

Droylsden Academy Headteacher, Mr Philip Wilson, says the hard work of students and staff in this year’s GCSE exams has paid off.

Despite the national picture of far more challenging GCSE exams and significant GCSE reform, there has once again been some outstanding individual student successes and some very strong subject performances.

“On behalf of the school, the Executive Headteacher Mr Duncan and the Governors, I would like to congratulate the Class of 2018 on their successes,” Headteacher Mr Wilson said.

“This year’s GCSE results, and the pleasing progress that so many of our students have made, are a result of the hard work, commitment and efforts of our students and staff and the support of parents and families. We are incredibly proud of our students and they fully deserve their individual successes.”

As students arrived at school on results day to collect their grades, Mr Wilson commented: “It is lovely to see our students again and for teachers to have the opportunity to celebrate their success with them”.

During the morning, a group of students who had been awarded the top grades across a number of subjects took time to take part in a question and answer session with a group of younger students who were attending summer school.

This allowed older students to share advice on how to succeed at school and how to achieve the very best grades at GCSE.

The school’s results show a continuing trend of strong performance in English, with students performing well in both literature and language, and a number of students receiving the very top GCSE grades of 8 and 9.

The hard work that has taken place in Science over the last year has resulted in pleasing improvements, with many students making good academic progress from their year 7 starting points. There have also been some incredible success stories across the different Science disciplines. A number of students were awarded the very top grade of 9 in Chemistry, Biology or Physics, ensuring that they ranked in the top 3% nationally.

One of those students was Kelly Dalton who achieved grade 9s in both Biology and Chemistry as well as a grade 8 in Physics. Overall, Kelly got three 9s, four 8s, two 7s and one grade 5.

“I’m shocked, it’s not sunk in,” she said after opening the envelope containing her results. “I was expecting 7s really so I was not expecting the 8s and 9s at all. I’ve worked really hard over the past couple of years.”

Although Kelly says she’ll miss Droylsden Academy, she’s looking forward to starting at Ashton Sixth Form in September to do A-Levels in Chemistry, Maths and Dance.

Kelly was one of a number of students who performed exceptionally, including Adnan Alhasson, Sophie Anderson, Mohammed Awais, Dorcas Bawuah, Anisha Joshi, Cassia Myers, Connor Nicholson and Molly Palmer. Each of these students achieved a string of the top grades across a range of subjects.

Mohammed Awais is celebrating his excellent results with his parents, who had a surprise planned for him! He said: “I got two 8s, five 7s, one 6, one 5 and one B. I’m relieved more than anything! I was really nervous when I first came in but I’m over the moon now. I’ve put a lot of effort in and I’m chuffed at what I’ve got.

“My mum and dad have got a surprised planned for me. They’ve been hinting at it but I’m not sure what it is, so I’ll be celebrating with them.

“I’m going to enrol at college now to do chemistry, biology and computer science.”

His fellow student, Cassie Myers, who achieved one 9, two 8s, four 7s, one 6 and two 5s, said: “I was shocked that I got the 9 and some 8s. I love PE but I did not expect a 9 at all.

“I’m going to Ashton to do biology, maths and either PE or geography. I’ll miss Droylsden Academy. I’ll miss seeing everyone and all the teachers.”

Roughly 1 in 3 students achieved strong passes (grade 5 and above) in both English and Maths, with a number of students achieving the top grades of 8 and 9 in both subjects, putting them among the very top performers in the country.

The school is also incredibly proud of a number of students including Patricia Nyka, Han Ying Yu, Amelia Brzeska, Sophie Driver, Ellie Chesters, Louise Shaw and Michal Zang who have made exceptional progress from their year 7 starting points.

Mr Wilson added: “We have seen boys and girls perform well across a wide range of subjects, especially in English Language and English Literature, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Religious Studies, Health and Social Care Health and Food and Nutrition.

“In particular we are very pleased with the strong academic performance of a large number of our girls who have made significant progress from their year 7 starting points.

“Other highlights this year have been the vastly improved performance of students with special educational needs and the continuing trend of improving performance of students from less financially advantaged families. Many students who arrived at Droylsden Academy- having not reached the expected grades at primary school- have also done well by making better progress than expected.”

Mr Wilson finished by saying: “We are working tirelessly to ensure that the school continues on its journey of improvement. We have seen a significant increase in the number of applications from families wishing to send their children to us in September and for the second year running, the school has a long waiting list for students hoping to join year 7.

“We are pleased that the local community is recognising the improvements that we are making and that our reputation is growing.”