National celebrate excellent GCSE results

24th August 2017

Students at the National Church of England Academy in Hucknall, part of the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership, were celebrating this morning as they received their GCSE results.

Almost 80% of National students achieved a standard pass (formerly a C grade) or higher in English and two thirds of maths grades were also achieved at the standard pass rate or higher.

Young people collecting their results at academies and schools in England today are the first to sit new GCSEs, which are being rolled out over a number of years. The new qualifications saw the introduction of the 9 grade for the first time, which rewards exceptional performance in English and maths – and the National Academy were delighted with the 11 grade 9s achieved.

Courses and grading have changed for English literature, English language and maths, with key changes being:

  • more challenging courses (that do not affect the grade achieved when compared to the former system)
  • new 9 to 1 grading system implemented (with 9 the highest and 1 the bottom grade)
  • grade 7 aligns with the former grade A, 4 with C and 1 with G

There was a hugely positive atmosphere at the academy as students found out their grades following this summer’s exams, with scenes of celebration amongst friends, family and academy staff. There were great individual success stories and students’ hard work really paid off, with many students achieving A* and A grades (or equivalent). Academy predictions for A*/8+ grades were exceeded – mirroring the record number of top grades achieved at A Level last week.

There were a number of notable successes today from National students, including George Newton who is the highest achieving male with 5A*, a 9, an 8 and 3 A grades, although it was close between him and Ryan Pratt-Hall who achieved two grade 9s amongst his A* and A grades, Charlotte Gould is the highest achieving female with a 9, 3A*s, 3As and a distinction star.

Ryan Pratt-Hall said: “I am so pleased that my hard work has resulted in top grades, and I can now confidently move on to study my A Levels. I will be going on to Hucknall Sixth Form Centre, and can’t wait to get started in September.”

There were also subject highlights for IT and engineering, where students achieved 80% and 74% A*-C respectively, along with health and social care, where nearly three quarters of students achieved A grades or higher. This is particularly pleasing as these qualifications are sought after by local employers.

Jake Ratcliffe was the most-improved student at the academy, gaining an A*, 2 As, a 7, 2 Bs and 2 Cs. One student said: “It has been a really good morning, and I can’t believe I have done so well. Staff gave me confidence in myself with their support, and all the revision has paid off. I didn’t expect to do so well, so I’m delighted and can’t stop smiling!”

Executive principal Simon Jones, said of the results: “Once again, National students have achieved a superb set of GCSE results and all of the staff here are proud of these talented young people. The academy has performed very well and our students have adapted excellently to the changing climate of assessment. We pride ourselves on offering a breadth of curriculum that enables our students to make great progress during their time in our academy – they should be very proud of themselves.

“Many of these individuals will now continue their studies onto A Levels and further qualifications. Indeed, over 100 students from the academy have applied to study at the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre alongside peers from the Holgate Academy and Queen Elizabeth’s Academy. We look forward to watching them flourish and develop with their continued education.”

Student numbers at Hucknall Sixth Form Centre are growing year-on-year, with the centre having an excellent reputation in Nottinghamshire. Kelly Wall, head of Hucknall Sixth Form Centre added: “Our students come from all over the county because of the high standards of teaching, quality outcomes for all students and our wide range of courses. There is still limited availability for individuals to join us from September, and hope that our recent record-breaking A Level results show how the centre can enable all students to meet their aspirations. Our team would be delighted to speak with any interested students about how we can develop their continuing educational experience.”

The academy invites any students yet to secure a place with a post 16 provider for this September or is considering their post-GCSE options to visit or email for more information.