George Salter Academy celebrate GCSE success

Students and staff at George Salter Academy, in West Bromwich are celebrating today after receiving excellent GCSE results – with more than half (51%) achieving the Government’s new headline measure in both English and maths, despite this being the first year of the new tougher exams.

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Students had particular success in English with 76% achieving a Grade 4 or better, with a 4 the new grade set by the Government as a pass. This is up on the equivalent proportion last year, when the old Grade C was still in place. 51% of students also achieved at least a Grade 5 in English – A Grade 5 is defined by the Government as a strong pass.

In May, George Salter was rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted. This also follows last week’s A-Level results, which saw 75% of sixth-form students achieving A*-C grades.

There were also some outstanding individual success stories:

  • Aamina Khanum, who achieved a remarkable 12 A*/A Grade equivalents
  • Alisha Naseem, Nazifa Khatun, Georgie-Lee Heeley, Aleisha Kaur, who each achieved 10 A*/A Grade equivalents
  • Emma Millinchip and Sandeep Ghik, who secured 8 A*/A Grade equivalents
  • Mohammed Azhar, Simran Sambhi, Josh Samra, Carmen Whitlock, and Tanjilla Begum, who achieved 7 A*/A Grade equivalents

Principal Pank Patel said:

"I would like to congratulate all of our students on this fantastic set of results. This is the first year of the new GCSEs, and English and maths are tougher than previously – but our students and staff have responded brilliantly, as shown by today’s results.

"We have always focused on the achievement of every student and I would like to thank our staff for the dedication and commitment they have shown to ensuring that every student fulfils their potential, which has underpinned a successful year of improvement and achievement for the Academy."

Nick Hudson, Interim CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

"It is our absolute priority to ensure that every student fulfils their potential, no matter what their background, and we are delighted to see these results from George Salter Academy. Students, staff and parents deserve great credit for these results which reflect their commitment and determination to succeed and we look forward to building on these achievements year after year."