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Achievements and Results

Celebrations for Academy’s latest GCSE results

Mark Hall Academy is celebrating its GCSE results for 2016.

We have been on an amazing journey over the last three years that has required a great deal of hard work.

Mrs Franceschi, Principal, said: “I took on a failing school that was 17th from bottom in the national performance league tables three years ago so to have maintained our upward trajectory and to have been given a ‘Good with outstanding behaviour’ Ofsted grading a few months ago is no mean feat.

I am delighted with our Progress 8 score of +0.09 from -0.72 last year as this shows how much value we have added. I am proud of our students and our hard working team of staff. I am delighted that all of our students have secured further education places, training or jobs and that we have helped to secure successful pathways for them all. I wish them every success for the future.”

Joyce Hodgetts, Managing Director of Academy Transformation Trust, said: “The successes of the pupils and staff at Mark Hall Academy continue to impress.

“These results are inspiring and demonstrate the hard work and commitment of everyone at the academy.

“We congratulate all the pupils and wish them continued success in the years ahead.”

New performance measures for GCSEs are in place this year, which means a change to the way exam results are reported.

Progress 8 aims to capture the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school.

An academy’s Progress 8 score is calculated as the average of its pupils’ Progress 8 scores. It will give an indication of whether, as a group, pupils in the academy made above or below average progress.

Progress 8 scores were recorded last year so they could be compared to this year’s scores.  The academy has moved forward significantly on this measure.  This year Mark Hall Academy’s overall score was -0.08 compared to -0.72 last year.

An academy’s Attainment 8 score is calculated as the average of its pupils’ grades/points. It gives an idea of the average attainment/grade for that cohort of students.

Attainment 8 scores were recorded last year so they could be compared to this year’s scores.  The academy has moved forward significantly on this measure.  This year Mark Hall Academy’s overall score was 45.71 compared to 39.8 last year.

Previously results were reported in terms of 5 or more A* – C grades including English and maths.  We are pleased that results increased again this year to 46%. The percentage of students gaining A*-C in both English and maths is 51%.  The academy has continued to see an increase in the number of A*-C grades being achieved across subjects.

Results in English Language continue to rise and now stand at 79 per cent A*-C; Art achieved 83 per cent up 28 per cent from last year; Geography achieved 79 per cent, up 28 per cent from last year. Our Science results have also gone up by 16 per cent. Graphics have made a dramatic improvement as no pupils achieved an A* – C grade last year and 57 per cent have this year.

For pupils taking Ebacc, there was an 8 per cent pass rate, which equals last year’s pass rate.

Individually, our top performing boy was Jude Mante who achieved 2 A’s, D*, and 5 B’s: Bethany Barr was our top performing girl with 3 A’s, D*, 3 B’s and a C.

The 5+ A* – C results including English and Maths are complemented by individual student progress in English and Maths which is well above what might have been expected when they entered the academy. We congratulate our committed and hard-working students and staff.

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