Students at WOA make academy GCSE history

Students at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy (WOA) in Wednesbury are celebrating today after receiving the best GCSE and BTEC results in the academy’s history with improvement across the board.

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Overall, more than half of students (53%) achieved Grade 4 or better in both English and Maths, a 13-percentage point increase on last year, with a Grade 4 the new grade set by the Government as a pass. Some 29% of students also achieved Grade 5 or better in English and maths, which is defined as a ‘good’ pass by the Government. This is a 13-percentage point increase on last year.

Students had particular success in maths with 37% achieving a Grade 5 or better, more than double than last year, while 44% achieved a Grade 5 or better in English, six percentage point increase on last year.

The academy is also celebrating some excellent individual achievements:

  • Katie Baker achieved one grade 9, two grade 8s, four grade 7s, one Grade A, one Grade B and a Distinction*
  • Dominic Whitehouse achieved four grade 7s, one grade 5, one grade B, two grade A*s and a Merit
  • Lauren Dicks achieved one grade 8, one grade 7, two grade 6s, two grade 5s, one grade A, one grade B, three Distinctions and a Merit
  • Charlotte Higgins achieved two grade 8s, one grade 7, two grade 6s, one grade 4, one grade A* and two Distinctions
  • Aaron Aulak achieved one grade 9, two grade 8s, two grade 6’s, one grade 1, one grade a, one grade B and a Merit

WOA has also seen a strong increase in the number of students receiving the very top grades, with a total of 12% of all exams achieving a Grade 7- 9, A or A*, or Distinction or Distinction*. The results conclude an excellent year for the academy, which has recently been accredited with three top national quality marks, including a silver Anti-Bullying Quality Mark, being the first secondary school locally to achieve the Leading Parent Partnership Award and being recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Inclusion Quality Mark.

In recognition of its rapid journey of improvement and strong upward trajectory, WOA is now full and oversubscribed for the new Year 7 intake in September 2018.

Leigh Moore, Principal, said:

"We have had an absolutely fantastic year at WOA. Our staff, students and our local community should be very proud of our achievements. These latest sets of results stand as a testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of all of our students and staff and is another milestone achievement in our journey as we continue to move forward to strive for excellence for our community."