Students and staff at Barnsley Academy are celebrating a breakthrough year in GCSE results. The number of students achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and maths has almost trebled; this year 51% achieved these results compared to 19% last year. These are the academy’s best ever results and are a dramatic increase from the 6% of students achieving these results in 2006 – the year before the academy opened. In achieving these results the academy has broken the National Challenge target.
In total, 93% of students achieved five or more GCSEs or equivalent at grade A*-C; a dramatic increase from 77% last year. To celebrate these results, the academy let off 93 helium balloons when the students came to collect their results this morning.