GCSE RESULTS: Robert Smyth achieves its best-ever results

Joy...Helen Johnson, Bethany Harrison, Ben Duffin and Lauren Knapp celebrate at Robert Smyth Academy.
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Joy...Helen Johnson, Bethany Harrison, Ben Duffin and Lauren Knapp celebrate at Robert Smyth Academy. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

There was much to celebrate at Robert Smyth Academy in Market Harborough today (Thursday) as the school registered its best GCSE results yet.

Following impressive A-level results last week, the school’s GCSE results were equally laudable, with another dramatic increase on last year’s outcomes - which themselves were the best for six years.

The A team...Luke Cartwright got 6 A Stars, Amy McArragher four A Stars and Georgia Marshall with seven A Stars at Robert Smyth Academy.
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The A team...Luke Cartwright got 6 A Stars, Amy McArragher four A Stars and Georgia Marshall with seven A Stars at Robert Smyth Academy. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

This year saw 74 per cent of students achieving five A*-C grades, including English and maths, an increase of 9 per cent on the previous year.

Results in English and maths were also the best-ever with 90 per cent earning A*-C in maths and 83 per cent in English.

There were outstanding results in subjects cross the board, said the school, including triple science, media studies, art, PE, food technology, dance, music, religious studies, economics, geography, drama and French.

High numbers of students achieved top marks with a quarter of all entries gaining A* or A grades.

Josh English celebrates with his sister Melissa and her six A Stars.
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Josh English celebrates with his sister Melissa and her six A Stars. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

This high achievement was reflected in many subjects with half of students achieving A* or A in dance, religious studies and French and 40 per cent in media studies, music and triple science. A third of students gained top grades in maths, textiles, geography, history, drama and PE.

Robert Smyth’s principal Sue Jones said: “I am absolutely delighted by these outstanding outcomes. They are the culmination of the relentless pursuit of academic excellence for all students.

“We are now reaping the rewards for all of the hard work of our students, staff and parents and we should now take a moment to celebrate all that has been achieved as a result of our efforts and partnership.

“The fact that there is high achievement across so many subjects demonstrates that the academy has a very strong core, but equally, has many areas of strength beyond core subjects, allowing students to achieve success in a range of areas.

Ethan Blair celebrates with his parents Daniella and Adam.
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Ethan Blair celebrates with his parents Daniella and Adam. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“We have also shown that we have effectively addressed the areas for improvement identified in the last Ofsted inspection [in 2015] which included a focus on English results.

“There has been a collective drive to ensure that all students achieve the best grade possible in each of their subjects through excellent teaching and targeted support in preparation for their examinations.

“I am so proud of what has been achieved and would like to thank everyone involved for all of their hard work and support.”

There were many outstanding individual performances this year with 100 students gaining five or more A*/A grades.

High achievers...Sophie Rayner, Daryanne Scott and Hannah Barrow celebrate their A star achievements at Robert Smyth Academy.
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High achievers...Sophie Rayner, Daryanne Scott and Hannah Barrow celebrate their A star achievements at Robert Smyth Academy. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Will Smith, Georgia Marshall and Hannah Cufflin earned eight A*’s, Sophie Rayner and Anna Pinborough achieved seven A*’s and Daryanne Scott, Abigail Wright, Luke Cartwright, Hannah Barrow and Melissa English bagged six A*’s.

Snap happy...Matthew Stamp and Alex MCcarthy celebrate by taking a selfie.
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Snap happy...Matthew Stamp and Alex MCcarthy celebrate by taking a selfie. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

High fliers...Amy McArragher celebrates her four A stars results with Emma McGregor at Robert Smyth Academy.
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High fliers...Amy McArragher celebrates her four A stars results with Emma McGregor at Robert Smyth Academy. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Abigail Wright celebrates her six A Stars with best friend Hannah Nelson.
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Abigail Wright celebrates her six A Stars with best friend Hannah Nelson. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Students collect their GCSE results at Robert Smyth Academy.
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Students collect their GCSE results at Robert Smyth Academy. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER