Today’s GCSE results represent real success for Academy Transformation Trust and its secondary academies, staff and above all students. Today’s survey from the headteachers’ union ASCL reveals that 98% think the new GCSEs are tougher, primarily affecting children from more disadvantaged backgrounds, but our academies’ results show that we have not just held our own but shown real improvement.

The headline results for ATT academies show that:

  • The proportion of all our GCSE students achieving Grade 4 or better in both English and maths is up three percentage points on last year, to 55%
  • Three-quarters of our academies saw more students than last year achieve at least a Grade 4 in both English and maths
  • Almost half of our students entered the EBacc, the set of academic subjects that employers and universities value most highly – the entry figure is up nine percentage points from last year, while there was also an increase in the number of students achieving good grades in these subjects than in 2018
  • The progress that our students make from age 11 to taking the GCSEs has also improved on last year

GCSE results day is a day when students’ talents are celebrated and when their hard work is rewarded. I am so proud of all them all for the fantastic grades they have achieved – they can now be confident of going forward and doing well again in the next stage of their education.

I would also like to pay tribute to, and to thank the efforts of, all those who have supported our students and been alongside them every step of the way – their parents and carers, and our brilliant teaching staff.

The new GCSEs have presented a new challenge but I am delighted that ATT’s community has risen to the challenge.

Debbie Clinton, CEO of ATT