Aylward Academy Celebrates Much Improved GCSE Results in 2019. 46% secure a Grade 9 – 4 in Maths and English seeing an increase of 7% points on 2018

Students at Aylward Academy are today celebrating a notable improvement in their Maths and English combined GCSE results of 46% at a standard pass or higher (Grade 9-4).

As part of Academies Enterprise Trust, the academy has performed well under the new, tougher GCSE exams that have been introduced over the last couple of years. The Academy has seen some strong improvements over the last year:

  • English 9 – 5: up by 5.2 points to 39%
  • English and Maths combined 9 – 5: up by 2 points to 24%
  • English 9 – 4: up by 6 points to 56%
  • Maths 9 – 4: up by 3 points to 53%

2019 saw the introduction of the new exams in virtually all GCSE subjects. A new grading system is in place, with 9 – 1 grades replacing the old A* - G. Under the new system a Grade 7 equates to an A and a 4 is equivalent to the old C grade. The new grade 9 was designed to challenge and reward the very brightest and best students across the country.

There were a number of star performers at Aylward Academy this year, including Ayub Elmi who attained Grades 9 in Business Studies, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science, whilst Jessica Pereira who secured two grade 9s in Engish Literature and Media Studies.

Aylward also performed well in last week’s A Level results, with 40% of entries achieve A* - B and 68% of entries securing A* - C in an A Level qualification and an Average Point Score of 31 points.

Remo Iafrate, Headteacher of Aylward Academy said:

“We are happy with the improvement in our results this year which is a result of the hard work of our students and teachers. We have many students choosing to enter our sixth form and so the future bodes well for our A level results and for Aylward Academy.”

Schools Minister Lord Agnew said:

“Congratulations to all the pupils and staff at Aylward Academy, and the wider team at AET, on reaching the culmination of much hard work. GCSE results day marks the moment so many young people will make choices that can shape the rest of their lives, so whatever path they choose, every pupil at Aylward should do so full of confidence.”

Julian Drinkall, CEO of AET said:

“Our congratulations go out to all students and staff at Aylward Academy – it’s still early days for the new exam system, but we are very proud of how well students have done, and their hard work and focus over the last two years have clearly paid off. Particular congratulations to Ayub and Jessica – they are part of a very small and elite group of students across the country and deserve to be recognised.

“At AET, we are wholly focused on ensuring that the education our academies provide helps young people go on to lead remarkable lives. That is becoming a reality at Aylward Academy and we wish all of our students the very best for the next step they take on that journey, whether it is further study or going into training or employment.

“The last three years has seen far-reaching changes at AET. Bar our name above the door, everything has changed – from the type of support we provide to each academy through to our governance. Everything is now geared towards the central goal of “remarkable lives” and it is wonderful to see the impact of those changes now coming through in each of our academies. The future is looking very positive, and my congratulations to everyone who is celebrating these results today.”

David Hatchett, AET’s National Director of Secondary Schools said:

“Congratulations to students at Aylward Academy on these much improved GCSE results today and post-16 results last week. I pay tribute to the staff and leaders at the Academy for supporting the students to achieve these outcomes and for inspiring them to go on to lead remarkable lives.”