The Blyth Academy celebrates GCSE success

24th Aug 2017

The Blyth Academy celebrates GCSE success

Students at The Blyth Academy, which is one of ten secondary academies sponsored by the Northern Education Trust (NET), have shown a year on year improvement with their GCSE results.

The academy achieved an improved number of strong passes this year in English and Maths as the new marking system for awarding grades in these two subjects was used for the first time.

There were also once again some outstanding individual successes:

Daniela Cazacu1 A*, 3As, 4Bs and a level 8 in English Literature

Jessica Wade 2 A*, 3As, 4Bs and a level 8 in English Language

Layton Robinson 2A*, 4As, 2Bs and level 6 in English literature, language and Maths

Jade Hepple 2As 7Bs and level 7 in Maths

Anna Bower 3 As, 5Bs and level 7 in English language and level 8 in English literature

The Blyth Academy also celebrates strong improvements in a range of EBaccalaureate subjects including Chemistry, Physics, Geography, German and Computer Science. Similar improvements have been achieved in Art, ICT and Religious Studies.

Commenting on this year's results, Miss Sarah Ramsden, principal, wished to thank her teaching staff and students for the dedication and commitment they have shown. She said:

"The continuing success of The Blyth Academy is very pleasing. This is a good set of results for us. Our aim is to ensure that every child fulfils their potential and is fully equipped to proceed confidently to the next stage in their life - whether this is into further study or into training. With results like this, I am certain we are well on our way to achieving this aim. Next year we will do even better. The incoming year 7 cohort is set to be the largest number in the academy's history, coupled with an extremely strong set of A-level results where 100% of those applying to university secured their first choice. The Academy is making huge strides forwards."

This year, the old way of marking where students are awarded a certain number of A*to G grades, has been replaced in English and Maths by a 1 to 9 scale where 9 is awarded to the very highest performing students. The first new exams for GCSE maths and English have been introduced this summer, while the new GCSE Science courses will be examined for the first time in summer 2018 as well as in a number of other subjects.

Schools are judged on four main measures:

  • The proportion of young people achieving good passes in English and Maths combined - which has also been referred to as "The Basics"
  • Attainment 8 - how well the students perform across eight subjects
  • Progress 8 - how well the students have progressed across these eight subjects from their starting points at Key Stage 2
  • The proportion of young people achieving the EBacc - good passes in English, Maths, two sciences, history or geography and a Modern Foreign Language
  • Northern Education Trust, a not-for-profit charity, operates within northeast and northwest England and works with schools only by invitation. It was formed in 2012 and currently sponsors 20 academies - 10 primary and 10 secondary -making it one of the largest multi academy trusts (MATs) in the North of England.