Louth Academy GCSE results improve following three full years as member of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust

Students at Louth Academy are today celebrating a “very well deserved” and improved set of GCSE results, following three full years (the whole of their Key Stage 4) as a member of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust.

Socially-distanced GCSE students celebrate at Louth Academy today with Martin Brown, Executive Principal. EMN-200820-122718001

The results were distributed to students this morning at the Upper Campus in small socially distanced groups, which complied with Covid-19 guidelines.

Teaching staff and a member of careers service were available to offer face-to-face advice and support to the students as they arrived on site.

Students were also assured that the “robust and rigorous assessment processes in place at all Tollbar Multi Academy Trust Academies” mean that these results are a “true reflection” of the grades they were expected to achieve had exams taken place.

David Hampson, Chief Executive of TMAT, said: “The GCSE students should be extremely proud of themselves.

“Their grades today are a true reflection of their hard work and ability.

“These are the grades teachers were expecting them to achieve had they sat their exams this year.

“We have very detailed processes in place to ensure that teacher assessments are accurate, and we also have follow-up processes which ensure that these assessments are then validated.

“In years gone by, we have always been very accurate with our results and this year is no different, despite the tremendous disruption that Covid-19 has caused to everyone.”

Since 2018, a new grading system has been in place, with 9 – 1 replacing the old A* - G. Under the new system a Grade 7 equates to an A and 4 reads across to a C. The new grade 9 was designed to reward the very brightest and best students across the country.

Results at Louth Academy have seen an increase on last summer, with 63% of students achieving a standard pass (grades 4-9) in Maths and English; and 32% achieving a strong pass (grades 5-9).

The Academy’s Attainment 8 figure has also seen a rise to 43.27. Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a student across eight subjects, including English and Maths.

Martin Brown, Executive Principal of Louth Academy, said: “These results reflect the strong Year 11 cohort at the Academy this year.

“My congratulations go to all of them in what has been a very challenging time for them.

“They can rest assured that these grades are thoroughly deserved and are a real reflection of what they were expected to achieve had the exams gone ahead.

“The results are also indicative of the impact the Trust has had on the Academy.

“For this cohort, the Academy has been a member of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust throughout their time in Key Stage 4.

“This has contributed to increased GCSE success through the provision of high quality staffing using tried and tested practices, which deliver outstanding teaching and learning opportunities.

“Our GCSE students also sat mock exams which used GCSE criteria and the exam board’s mark scheme.

“The results were also internally moderated.

“We pride ourselves on the accuracy of our assessment processes so that our predictions for student outcomes can be as accurate as possible.

“Students can be confident that they have today received grades that reflect their commitment and progress over Key Stage 4.”

Amy Fussey (16) was delighted with her results. She achieved three Grade 9s, two grade 8s, two grade 7s and two grade 6s. She will now study for her A Levels.

Amy said: “I was relieved when the Government scrapped the computer algorithm because I knew I had worked hard.

“I am really happy to have received my grades and be moving on to the next stage of my life.”

Keisha Oldroyd (16) achieved 1 grade 9, five grade 8s, two grade 7s and one grade 5. She will now study at Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College for her A Levels in Biology, Psychology and Philosophy.

She said: “This situation was out of our control so I was not overly anxious. I knew I had done well at mocks and I am over the moon with my grades today.”

Lucy Parkin (16) achieved three grade 8s, five grade 7s and one grade 6. She hopes to study English Literature, French and Graphic Design at college next.

She said: “I am really happy after what has been an anxious time. I feel like I have worked really hard to get these grades and teachers have been really supportive at Louth Academy.”

Thomas Scott (16) has achieved a football scholarship with Lincoln City and is heading for Riseholme College to study for a BTec Level 3 Extended Diploma.

He achieved one grade 9, seven grade 8s and one grade five. He said: “I am buzzing because I was confident about my results, having worked really hard.”

Kathryn Storr (16) achieved one grade 9, six grade 8s and three grade 7s. She will now study Biology, Psychology and Business at college.

Kathryn said: I am very happy with my grades. Teachers have been really supportive throughout this process.”

Matthew Teeters (16) achieved four grade 8s, one grade 7, three grade 6s, and one grade 5. He will study for his A level in Maths physics and Art at college. He said: “These grades are very similar to my mocks. I am very happy with what I got because I put a lot of hard work in and it has paid off.”

Lily-May Williams (16) achieved three grade 9s, two grade 8s, one grade 7, two grade 6s and one grade 5.

She is heading to Tollbar MAT Sixth Form to study A Levels in English Literature, History and Philosophy.

She said: “I feel really happy with my grades and so pleased that my teachers believed in me.”