Daventry’s schools mark GCSE success

From left, Georgia Edwards ' 1 A* and 7 As; Katie Barnes ' 2 A*'s, 3 As, 5 Bs; Cameron Livingstone ' 1 A*, 2As and 7 Bs; Josh Graham ' 5 A*s, 5 As, 4 Bs.

From left, Georgia Edwards ' 1 A* and 7 As; Katie Barnes ' 2 A*'s, 3 As, 5 Bs; Cameron Livingstone ' 1 A*, 2As and 7 Bs; Josh Graham ' 5 A*s, 5 As, 4 Bs.

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With students opening their exam results across the country in fear and trepidation, one young man from The Parker Academy is coming to terms with being the toast of the town after achieving eight A*s three A’s and one B.

A spokesman for the school said: “Harry Whitrow is also a talented athlete and has represented the academy on numerous occasions.”

Kayleigh Maddocks, Hannah Kosongo, Shannon Quinn, and Cleo Warley-Adams

Kayleigh Maddocks, Hannah Kosongo, Shannon Quinn, and Cleo Warley-Adams

Ella Cunningham, Symran Johal and Molly Mahiques weighed in with one A* 10 A’s nine B’s and eight C’s between them.

Overall the school said results were encouraging enabling students to progress with their applications to sixth form, apprenticeships and employment.

The results at Parker also showed some strong subject performances most especially in English where currently 86 per cent of students achieved C or above. Other standout subjects for the school were business studies, English literature, German, Polish, art and design, media studies, chemistry, and resistant materials.

Academy principal, Andrew Mackereth said: “We are delighted for the students and expect our sixth form enrolment team to do brisk business over the next day or so.

“So many of the students gave their all for their studies and have a set of results to be proud of.

“As a year group they have been through a lot of turbulence and uncertainty and it is a tribute to them to have achieved so well.”

Many students at Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village were also celebrating as they achieved the grades they need to move onto the next level of study.

Maths, in particular, saw increases in attainment and progress with 21 per cent of students across the year achieving the very top grades.

Vicky Simcock, systems leader from the school’s sponsor E-ACT, said: “This is a really exciting time for the academy.

“Simon Cotton, the new principal, takes up his post in September joining a team of dedicated staff who have worked hard this year to secure the best possible outcomes for the young people of DSLV of whom we are really proud”.

Elsewhere the town’s newest secondary school Daventry University Technical College received its first ever GCSE results today.

The UTC also celebrated the 100 per cent pass rate of Year 10 students who took GCSE Statistics exam after their first year at the UTC.

Sarah Holmes, one of DUTC’s mathematics teachers, said: “I am ecstatic with our Year 10 results.

“Not only have the students raised the bar very high, but they went ‘the extra mile’ by choosing GCSE Statistics as their additional enrichment subject.

“We always do our best to make the subjects interesting and I am very happy that they chose statistics as their relaxation option!”

David Edmondson, the principal, said: “I am pleased for all the students who received the grades they were aiming for allowing them to progress onto their chosen pathway.

“At the same time, I am disappointed for the students who fell short of their expectations. However, we are delighted with the progress shown by the majority of our students against their starting points with us.

“We will continue working with our Industry Partners closely to ensure sure that our curriculum brings the learning to life for all our students, as well as vital life and employability skills, so highly needed in the world of work.”