Thursday, 21 August 2014

Record breaking set of GCSE results at North Cambridge Academy

Pupils and staff at North Cambridge Academy are celebrating after once again recording dramatically improved GCSE results.

Sixty per cent of pupils achieved the benchmark figure of five or more A* to C grades including English and Maths. This represents a 21 per cent rise based on last year’s results.

In 2012 the school, formerly known as The Manor Community College, recorded the eighth worst GCSE results in the country at only 20 per cent. Since January 2013, the school has been supported and led by CMAT, implementing a rapid and comprehensive programme of change.

Excellent results have been seen in the core subjects of English and Maths. The total of pupils gaining five or more grades at A* to C in English is 70 per cent, a rise of 27 per cent from last year; this success was replicated in Maths with a nine per cent rise in pupils gaining five or more grades at A* to C, to 67 per cent.

Principal, Martin Campbell said: “This is a tremendous set of results for North Cambridge Academy and the best in recent history; we have seen some extraordinary academic performances from our pupils. With the support of Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust our figure of five or more A* to C grades including English and Maths was at 20 per cent in 2012 and now is at 60 per cent.

“These results help to confirm the journey North Cambridge Academy has come on and the success of the programmes we have implemented together with CMAT. The Trust has worked with the staff and students to achieve these results and they should be congratulated on their efforts and hard work.”

Particularly successful pupils were Jessica Pickering and Adaline Ong with 10 grades at A* or A, Bethany Hawes with 8 A grades, Julia Szczesna with 7 grades at A* or A, and Amy Creek with 5 A* and A grades.

Executive Principal of Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, Mark Woods, added: “North Cambridge Academy can be very proud of these GCSE results. The partnership CMAT has with the Academy is highly valued and it is very warming to see this year’s success.”

Plans for a £10 million transformation of North Cambridge Academy’s buildings have been submitted to Cambridge City Council this year. If approved, the academy will then transfer into its new buildings in the final parts of 2015.