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The Dukeries Academy pupils rise to challenge of new GCSEs

Pupils at The Dukeries Academy are celebrating their achievements as GCSE results were revealed

Highlights of GCSE results 2017:

  • 70% pupils achieved a grade 4 – 9 in English
  • 53% pupils achieved a grade 4 – 9 in mathematics

Pupils at The Dukeries Academy in Ollerton, which is part of Academy Transformation Trust, are celebrating their achievements as GCSE results were revealed today.

The number of pupils achieving higher grades continues to improve in the context of new national measures and examinations that are more difficult. Demonstrating the pupils at The Dukeries Academy are rising to this challenge and making strong progress, the increase in A*/ A grades stood out, particularly in Spanish (33%), History (24%) and Biology (38%).

Tammy and Keeley Tomlinson (twins) who both achieved passes in English and maths plus another 7 C+ grades

In English, 70% pupils achieved a grade 4 - 9 (equivalent C grade or above) and in mathematics 53% achieved a grade 4 -9. Amongst the highest GCSE A*-C grades included History at 71%, 70% in RE, 94% in French and 100% in Spanish. In BTEC subjects, pupils achieving a C grade equivalent included 97% in construction, 90% in sports studies and 78% in Health and Social Care.

Robert Surguy with his mum

Amongst many pupils at the academy celebrating their success are:

  • Robert Surguy achieved A or A* grades in all subjects, including two grade 9’s in English and mathematics, the highest possible grade under the new measures. Robert is remaining at The Dukeries sixth form and plans to study A-Level mathematics, biology and chemistry. He also achieved a progress 8 score of 2.08 which constitutes ‘outstanding’ progress.
  • Rheanna Dove also made ‘outstanding’ progress and achieved 6 A and A* grades and 3 B grades. Rheanna is studying English Literature, media, drama and history at A-Level at the Dukeries Academy sixth form.
  • Harry Hutchings made outstanding progress and achieved a progress 8 score of 2.88. He achieved 3 A grades, 3 B grades and 4 C grades. He has applied to study geography, sociology and history at A-Level at the Dukeries Academy sixth form.


Claire Leitheiser, Principal at The Dukeries Academy commented:

“This year’s really pleasing results reflect the hard work and dedication of both our pupils and staff. All staff, teaching and support, have worked extremely hard to ensure our pupils have had high aspirations and supported them to achieve these high standards. The parents and carers have also played a major part in working with the academy to achieve the best results possible. The governors and I would like to wish all of the pupils, many of whom who will be returning to The Dukeries Academy to continue their post 16 studies, every success for the future.”


Ian Cleland, Chief Executive Officer at Academy Transformation Trust commented:

“The Trust celebrates with its academies their continued excellent progress in the achievement of their pupils. Over the last four years, from The Trust’s baseline in 2013, there has been a good trend of improvement. This year results have shown even greater improvement and we are delighted that no academies are below the floor standard. Congratulations to all the pupils and staff at The Dukeries Academy in gaining reward and recognition for their hard work and commitment over the year.”