The school league table results have delighted a principal who was last year drafted in to turn around the fortunes of a struggling academy.
The Parker E-ACT Academy, formerly William Parker School in Daventry, saw 46 per cent of its pupils achieve five or more GCSE grades including English and maths. This compared to 37 per cent at the same standard last year.
The academy principal, Krysia Butwilowska, said: “I was absolutely thrilled with the results because it is an endorsement that we are making the right progress and shows the efforts made by the staff and the students. But there is more work to do.”
She was also pleased 98 per cent of pupils achieved five or more GCSE grades at A* to G and the academy was at the same level as the national average in English.
Mrs Butwilowska added: “We have carried out a forensic level of intervention, looking at not just the high achievers but those who can do better and putting in strategies to help achieve.
“We wanted to enhance the quality of teaching and there has been a seismic shift in people’s perception of what is expected from both students and staff.
“Their achievement is worth marking and we will be having an awards evening tonight (Thursday) to celebrate their efforts.
“We have achieved this against a very difficult year for everyone however initiatives were being put in throughout last year to make it better.
“We hope for a further 10 per cent increase of students who get five GCSEs including English and maths next year.”