The Taunton Academy has seen a dramatic improvement in its GCSE results.
It has reported a 50% rise in pass rates, from 33% last year to 51.3% of students achieving 5 grades A* – C in all subjects including grade 4 and above in the new maths and English exams this year.
The school had a number of personal success stories. Head girl Francesca Ionescu, who arrived from Romania speaking little English three years ago, has achieved some of the school’s top results including two 8s in English Literature and Language. Another high flier, James Dumbleton, had four A*s, three As, two 8s and a 9 in English and maths. Ruth Hancock, an extremely talented violinist, achieved four A*s, three As and a 9 in maths.
The Head Teacher, Jenny Veal said:
“We are absolutely delighted that our students have done so incredibly well. I can tell you that this is exactly what we predicted them to achieve and shows that the school has vastly improved. It reflects a huge rise in academic standards and an increase in expectations, which the students have fully embraced. I am incredibly proud of all the students and my thanks go to all the staff who have worked so very hard to enable our students to fly.’’
The Chairman of Governors, Chris Ormrod, said:
“These are the best results we have seen since the academy came into being and the teaching staff should be rightly proud of the incredible improvement to standards they have brought about. This will have a huge impact on the school and I look forward to seeing it flourish further in the future.’’
Coming on the back of the recent positive Ofsted interim assessment visit, staff believe today’s results show how the school is moving in the right direction and is rapidly improving.