Ryde Academy Celebrates GCSE Results

Over half of students secure a Grade 9 – 4 in Maths and English combined

Results on the back of improved A Level performance last week

Students at Ryde Academy are today celebrating after 54% of their students attained a standard pass or higher (Grade 9-4) in English and maths combined. In addition, the Academy also posted an improvement in their Maths results at a standard pass or higher (Grade 9-4), which has increased by 4 percentage points this summer to 64%. 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.

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. At Ryde Academy, the following students secured these top grades:

  • Charlie Ashley was awarded Grade 9s in Maths, Chemistry and Physics; and Grade 8s in Biology, Computer Science, French and Statistics
  • Beth Wilford secured Grade 9s in Dance and Drama; and a Grade 8 in Maths
  • April Egan achieved Grade 9s in English Language and English Literature; and Grade 8s in History and RE.

The academy has also performed well in last week’s A Level results, celebrating a 100% pass rate, and with an encouraging 13% of grades at A* or A. 35% of grades were at B or above, and 67% of entries were graded as A* - C. The academy also secured an Average Point Score of 31.1, up more than 7 percentage points on last year, taking the average grade at A Level up from D+ to C.

Joy Ballard, Headteacher at Ryde Academy said:

“We've had some real success stories this year with several students achieving beyond their predicted grades. Many students in this year group faced several challenges throughout their time at the academy and we are particularly proud of them for all they achieved. We wish them well for the future.”

Schools Minister Lord Agnew said:

“Congratulations to all the pupils and staff at Ryde 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 Ryde Academy should do so full of confidence.”

Julian Drinkall, CEO of AET said:

“Our congratulations go out to all students and staff at Ryde 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 Charlie, Beth and April– 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 fast becoming a reality at Ryde 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 Ryde Academy on these GCSE results today and the improved A Level 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.”