Corby Business Academy has posted record GCSE results.
Provisional figures indicate that the percentage of students achieving 5 A* to C grades, including English and mathematics, has risen to 61 per cent, an increase of 23 per cent over two years.
The percentage of students achieving the highest grades has also increased with the number achieving at least 1 A* to A grades increasing to 57 per cent. Stand out subjects include English, physics, chemistry, BTEC and GCSE business, sport and music.
The number of students who achieved A* to C in the EBacc subjects has also increased with English, mathematics, science, languages and humanities all posting improved results when compared with previous years.
Principal John Henrys said:”Our students and staff have worked incredibly hard and I would like to congratulate them all. They have worked well together and the students have shown great commitment to their courses and have been very successful as a result.
“Over the past 18 months staff had to respond to a significant number of changes with regard to external qualifications and have faced a lot of pressure to develop new courses which give our students the best possible opportunities in the current educational climate.
“I am particularly pleased with the outcomes in English where the new courses which have been developed over the past 12 months have proved to be very successful. In fact, English has exceeded last year’s national average for levels of progress.
“These GCSE results will allow a significant number of our students to go on to access A-Level studies at the academy and we look forward to working with them in the sixth form.”
Alex Lawless achieved five A*s in history, ethics, English literature, English language and maths, a Distinction* in health and social care, four As in business, French, biology and chemistry a B in physics and a merit in dance.
She said: Doing the exams was okay but afterwards I got scared that I might have done something wrong so I’m so very happy and relieved today.
“I’m really looking forward to studying history, English literature, maths and a fourth subject at CBA next year.”
Harry Tomkins earned A*s in chemistry, physics, geography, art and design, maths and English literature, As in business, biology, English language, music and religious studies and a B in Spanish.
He said: “I’m over the moon and I’m incredibly happy with my results for Spanish and geography.”
Harry will stay on at CBA to study maths, physics, chemistry and geography for his A-Levels.
Roisin Curran received an A* in maths, a Distinction* in health and social care, a Distinction* in sport, Bs in business, English literature, English language, biology, chemistry, religious studies and history and Cs in French and physics.
She said: “It is such a relief to have my results and I feel so happy. I’m going to study maths, further maths, English literature and business at CBA next year.”
Beth Fennell received an A* in chemistry, six As in history, maths, biology, IT, English literature and English language, Bs in physics and French and Cs in PE and business.
She said: “I’m so happy. I’ve done much better than I thought I would. It makes all the hard work and the stress worthwhile.”
Beth will study maths, further maths, psychology and PE in the academy’s sixth form.
Emily Laughton-Hulatt earned a Distinction* in health and social care, an A* in English literature, five As in English language, chemistry, physics, IT and maths, Bs in biology, geography and French and a C in ethics.
She said: “I worked so hard for my exams – at the time it seemed never-ending. I’m so happy to have done so well.”
Emily wants to study psychology, sociology, maths, philosophy and ethics at A-Level.
April Atkin achieved five As in maths, IT, biology, chemistry, geography, four Bs in business, media, physics and ethics and a C in statistics.
She said: “I was really nervous beforehand and I’m overwhelmed that I have done so well.
“I will go on to study biology, media and English at the sixth form here.”
Polly Jones received a Distinction* in performing arts, As in history, English literature, English language and art and design and Bs in business, French, religious studies and two sciences.
She said: “I was terrified beforehand. I burst into tears before I got my results and I’ve been crying since but now they’re tears of happiness.”
Polly will study English literature, history, biology and performing arts at CBA’s sixth form.
Rachel Sheen earned an A* in English literature, As in English language, history and two sciences, a Distinction in BTEC art and design and Bs in business, French and ethics.
She said: “I didn’t expect to do this well and I’m thrilled with my A* in English literature. I’m also very happy because I got 100 per cent in one of my history papers.”
Rachel will study English literature, business, psychology and biology at CBA next year.