Our staff, students and parents are celebrating after Thistley Hough Academy achieved our best ever GCSE results for the fifth year in a row.
This year 56% per cent of Thistley Hough Academy students achieved a Grade 4 or higher in English and maths, while five students achieved Bamber Scholar status (set up in honour of the founding headteacher Miss Bamber) this year due to them achieving a minimum of six grade 7’s or higher (the equivalent of A* or A grades). With 2 students achieving Bamber Scholars with Honours, which means they achieved grade 7+ in every subject.
Among those collecting their results who have achieved Bamber Scholar status are Cassandra Bethel and Marta Macedo who are both planning to continue their A-Level studies at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College.
Cassandra Bethel, from Penkhull, walked away with nine grade nines and a seven in French.
She said: “I didn’t get anything like these results in my mocks, but I did go away and do a lot of revision and reading around the subject. I also practised a lot of exam papers and made myself do those under exam conditions.
“I want to go on to do medicine as I want to be able to help people, so I’m enrolling onto the medicine pathway at the Sixth Form College and next week I’m on a medicine summer school placement up at Keele University which will be really good.”
Originally from Portugal, Marta, from Hanley, achieved a grade 8, seven grade 7’s, three grade 6’s and now wants to study history, sociology and economics at A-Level.
She said: “The results are definitely better than I expected, as I thought I was going to do well in maths but only get about a 5 or 6 in the others as the papers were harder than I thought. I’m really happy.
“I’m not sure what I’d like to do yet as a career, but hopefully the A-Level subjects I’ve chosen will help me go on to university and find a career.”
Academy Principal Jayne Schofield, said: “At Thistley Hough Academy we firmly believe that everyone can achieve and our GCSE students this year are no exception. Their results are a credit to them and their families and carers who have supported them.
“We take pride in providing our students with a caring atmosphere in which to develop, and GCSE results day is a special time where we celebrate with them and recognise their hard work and commitment.
“As an Academy our ambition is always to provide students with an education which will improve their life chances.
“Everyone here has worked incredibly hard to offer amazing learning experiences which we hope will instil our students with a lifelong love of learning and so they can fulfil their potential.”
In 2015 the percentage of students making progress in the key subjects of Maths and English increased so significantly that the Academy became the most improved school in Stoke-on-Trent.
An Ofsted inspection in March 2017 then went on to grade Thistley Hough Academy as good with outstanding features, and the Academy is now working towards being graded as Ofsted outstanding.
Any parents and pupils interested in finding out more about Thistley Hough Academy can call 01782 883500