Hard work helped staff and students at Long Field Academy in Melton achieve massive improvements in GCSE results this year, according to outgoing executive principal Jill Hislop.
Results revealed this morning showed the percentage of pupils attaining five A* to C grades, including English and maths, went up from 46 last year to 60 in 2015. There was also a big rise in those gaining 5 A to C grades, up to 68 per cent from 55.
The encouraging performance comes less than a year after Ofsted inspectors found the school had ‘serious weaknesses’ and gave it a rating of ‘inadequate’.
Mrs Hislop, who was appointed in Easter 2014 to help turn around Long Field’s fortunes, said: “I am absolutely delighted for the school that students have achieved such good GCSE results this year.
“It was a tough year following the Ofsted report but everyone has worked very hard and I am very pleased to see these results.”
Long Field Academy joined the Nottingham-based Spencer Academies Trust in April and Mrs Hislop believes the support it will derive from the other eight schools in the organisation will be a big help.
She added: “I’m really proud of this academy and I believe it has a very bright future now it is part of the trust.”
New principal Chris Haggett said: “We are absolutely delighted with the results this summer which, as predicted, have put Long Field back on the map for providing excellent education for all of its students in the Melton area.
“The school has gone through a significant period of change this year with a bright new future well underway as part of the Spencer Academies Trust.
“Our students should be very proud of what they have achieved and we wish them every success in the future.”
One of the top achievers this year was 16-year-old Alex Horobin, who attained seven A* passes and three A grades - he moves on to MV16 in Melton to study A-levels in physics, maths, economics and PE.
Alex, who who lives in Rotherby, said: “My dad said last night ‘you can’t change it so don’t worry’. I was hoping for grades like this but I didn’t think I would get them.”
Eleanor Marles (16), who lives in Kirby Bellars, was another student celebrating impressive grades - achieving seven at A* and one at A - and she plans to study A-levels in maths, chemistry. history and physics.
She said: “I worked hard for these results. It was quite a lot of pressure but I am very pleased with the grades I got.”
Identical twins Hannah and Sophie Pilsworth, of Asfordby Valley, were over the moon with their results. Hannah, who has an interest in medicine, gained five A*s and four As while sister Sophie, who is interested in law, achieved three A*s and six As. Both are going on to do their A-levels at MV16.
Ed Crawley (16), of Rearsby, was happy with his four A* grades and four As and he goes on to MV16 to study economics, maths, English and history.
And Long Field student Adam Nudds, who lives in Melton, already has his long-term career mapped out after achieving three A*s, four As, a B and a C.
Adam (16) appeared in the Melton Times in February in a report on how he built a computer from scratch for Ugandan schoolchildren as part of an AS-Level Extended Project at the academy.
After getting his GCSE results he said: “I plan to do A-levels and then a university degree in computer science. I would like eventually to own my own computer business developing programmes.”