Churchill Academy

GCSE Results 2017

Students at Churchill Academy and Sixth Form are celebrating excellent GCSE results today. 72% of students achieved a standard pass or better in English and Maths, up 4% on the equivalent A*-C figure from last year. 51% of students achieved the new “strong pass” threshold of grade 5 and above in both English and Maths. 140 grades 7-9 were awarded, including an impressive 20 top grade 9s from the class of 2017.

Alice Vaughn achieved eight A* grades, two grade 9s and a grade 8, whilst Emma Main scored an A^ grade (A* with Distinction) in GCSE Further Maths alongside 6A* grades, 2As, two grade 9s and a grade 7.  Isaac Burchill also notched up eight A* grades alongside a 9 in GCSE Maths and an 8 and 7 in English and English Literature.

”I’m really happy. I thought I was going to fail two subjects and instead I have A*. I’ll be coming back to Sixth Form to study Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Psychology,” said Alice.

Libby Scott, Eloise Lifton, George Skeen, Alex Price, Rachel Bowman, Benjamin Wilkins and Emer Phillips also completed clean sweeps of A, A* and 7-9 grades across their GCSEs.

Headteacher Chris Hildrew said: “I’m very proud of the students’ achievements, which are the result of all the work they’ve put in throughout their time at Churchill. They have thrived on the increased challenge of the new-style GCSEs, and there have been strong performances in practical and creative as well as academic subjects. A lot of credit is also due to the excellent staff at the Academy, who have given their all to help our students achieve and make progress, and to the families who support our young people so well. The determination shown by all concerned bodes well for the future, as the majority of our students will go on to continue their studies in our sixth form.”

“All the teachers have been amazing. I can’t thank them enough,” said Benedict Pearce, who will be coming back to Sixth Form to study PE, Ethics and Philosophy, English Literature and Sociology.

Outstanding performances abounded in the Design, Technology and Art Faculty, with nearly 90% of students achieving A*-C in GCSE Graphics and Product Design, whilst similar results were achieved in GCSE Economics. GCSE French saw 84% of students achieve A*-C and over three quarters of students achieved A*-C grades in Fine Art, Religious Studies, Catering, Computing, Drama, Electronics and Textiles. There was also great success in applied subjects, with ten starred distinctions being awarded to students in their BTEC Sports Studies and Health and Social Care qualifications.

This success at GCSE comes just a week after the Academy saw excellent A Level results from its on-site sixth form provision. Students will return in September to learn in the Alan Turing Building, a £1.3 million new facility for Business Studies, Computing and Social Sciences, and work will have started on a new £3.9 million Science and Technology building to be completed over the next two years.

The Academy was oversubscribed for Year 7 places starting in September 2017. Applications are now open for next year, with an Open Evening for prospective parents on 27th September, and Open Mornings on the 3rd and 4th October. Applications to join the Sixth Form are also open, with an Open Evening taking place on 14th November.