Pupils are jumping for joy today as schools across Sheffield celebrate some of their best-ever GCSE results.
Schools are enjoying a bumper set of results – compared to last year’s disappointment following changes to the exam system.
Among the city’s success stories is Outwood Academy City in Stradbroke where jubilant staff said results had ‘smashed’ last year’s record-breaking year.
Students at Forge Valley in Stannington have also achieved the school’s ‘best-ever’ results while high-achieving Tapton School scored an ‘amazing’ 81 per cent pass rate.
Silverdale School in Bents Green was also celebrating an improved 75 per cent pass rate.
Pupils at Outwood Academy achieving the benchmark five A* to C grades including English and maths pass rate rose by 13 per cent to 68 per cent.
Headteacher Richard Brooke said the pass rate had improved by 24 per cent in just two years.
He said: “It was a record last year and we have smashed it again – we are over the moon.
“I think it is down to hard work of students and the staff but it is about everybody working together and having that inspirational learning.
“I would expect we’d be up there with the biggest increases in the city.”
Paul Tarn, regional chief executive for the academy, added: “From being one of the worst performing schools in Sheffield it is now ranked amongst the highest.”
At Forge Valley, pupils achieved the school’s ‘best ever’ GCSE results, with a rise in the percentage of pupils achieving A* to C including English and maths.
Headteacher Dale Barrowclough said: “Across the school there has been a marked improvement in overall attainment.”
At Tapton the pass rate rose from 78 per cent last year to 81 per cent.
More than 50 per cent of pupils achieved A* to C grades in the English Baccalaureate core subjects.
School co-headteachers David Dennis and Claire Tasker said: “These are an amazing set of results and testament to the tenacity and hard work of our students and staff.”
They added: “Once again our students, ably supported by their families, have been incredibly successful and earned themselves grades that will open a wide variety of doors.
“We are so proud of them.” Handsworth Grange School is one of the first in the city to introduce the Government’s new way of measuring results, called Progress 8, which aims to show how much value schools add to pupils’ achievement in a ‘fairer’ system.
Its first results under that system will be revealed today.
At Silverdale the benchmark pass rate was up by four per cent, from 71 per cent last year.
Assistant headteacher Joe Birkbeck said: “We are delighted our results have increased for the second year.
“This is down to the hard work of our students, dedication of our staff and the excellent support we receive from parents.”
At Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fulwood, the benchmark pass rate remained the same at 78 per cent, with 85 per cent achieved five A* to C grades and 99 per cent five or more passes including English and maths. Nearly a third of grades were at A* or A.
Headteacher Jane Willis said: “It is wonderful to see that virtually all the students gained five or more passes. Education is about supporting students of all abilities.
“What is most important to us as a school is that every student achieves and that we, as a school, support them to move on to the next step.”
At Sheffield High School, in Broomhill, headteacher Valerie Dunsford said results had exceeded ‘all expectations’.
* See tomorrow’s Star for four pages of GCSE coverage.