Once again the Academy is celebrating a year of academic success in the GCSE examinations.

Over 80% of pupils have achieved the benchmark 4+ (the old C grade) in English and mathematics. Over 60% have secured the challenging 5+ grade.

An impressive 30% of all grades were at 7+ (the old A grade)

And 7% of all grades were the new and super-challenging 9 grade, equivalent to an A**, awarded to only the top 3% of the country.

Headteacher, Victoria Linsley, said

’I am incredibly proud of all the pupils who worked so hard to achieve these results. I am also thankful to the dedicated staff team and supportive parents who make it happen. To have so many 7, 8 and 9 grades when we are in competition with some of the highly selective private and state schools in the country says something about what a remarkable learning environment we have created. With so many top grades and so many success stories, the atmosphere in the results hall was just wonderful.’

As usual, there were some Departments who achieved the exceptional: Mandarin completed another year with 100% 8 and 9 grades (the old A* and A** grades); Biology, Chemistry, French, German, Physics and Religious Studies all had 100% at grade 4-9 (C-A** grades).

Andrew Caspari, Chair of Governors, said ‘This is, once again, an outstanding set of results.  The Governors are very proud of the students’ achievements, they have been rewarded for their hard work. The results are also a tribute to the hugely dedicated staff at the Academy who have nurtured and supported our Year 11s throughout their time at St Mary Magdalene.’

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