GCSE Results Day at Acle Academy

On the 12th August 2021, staff welcomed Year 11 students back into school to collect their GCSE results.

Our Year 11 students have had an incredibly challenging GCSE course but they have shown great resilience, spirit and determination to cope with the uncertainties they faced along their journey. Despite the challenges of lockdown, remote learning and COVID restrictions within school, we saw our students discovering new skills, tenacity and independence to carry on and fulfil their potential. 

"We are incredibly proud of the achievements of our Year 11 students this year, and we are sincerely thankful for the unwavering support and care that has been shown by our teachers and support staff, who have provided excellent provision in extenuating circumstances. Both staff and parents have worked tirelessly to give students the best possible chance to succeed and we are very proud of our school community."

- Mrs H Watts, School Principal

There were so many individual achievements but, amidst the excitement of the day, we only had time to record a few to share with everyone...

Grace Shorthose (pictured above) achieved six grade 9s and two grade 8s. Going into Year 11, she was expecting to have to cram a lot more... "I thought the teachers were going to be stressed about condensing content, but it wasn't so bad. I know a lot of people were worrying about whether we were going to have exams or not but all that really mattered in the end was that the grades accurately reflected our ability."
When asked what she was going to miss most about school, Grace said "I'll miss the teachers. It's such a small school so we all get to know each other and that makes a difference."
Thies Dernedde achieved two grade 9s as well as 8s in English Literature and English Language. Delighted with his grades, Thies admitted that he did better than he expected... 
"I found it really difficult to study Science and Maths online because they're not my strongest subjects. I missed having a teacher at the front of class during lockdown. But they were really helpful and video called and emailed a lot whilst we were studying from home."
Thies will be going to study English Literature, Politics and Philosophy at A Level.


Will Pitts achieved a grade 9 in Geography and Maths, and grade 8s in all his Science subjects. "I was hoping for good results in Science and Maths, so I'm really pleased with my grades." 
Will is going on to study Physics, Maths and Further Maths at A Level - "I'm going to miss the friendliness of the teachers. I don't know whether it will be the same at college..."
Will's long term plans are to go to Cambridge University to study Physics or Maths so that he may pursue a career in Space Science or with CERN.
Luke Matthews achieved seven grade 9s and an A.
"I didn't know what to expect in terms of exams, because of Covid, but I'm really pleased with my grades. especially the A in Additional Maths! The circumstances were challenging but my teachers helped a lot. They were really supportive and they did the best they could."
Luke is going to study Biology, Chemistry and Maths at A Level with the aim of one day becoming a vet. 

Mr Sayce, Director of Progress says "We are delighted for our Year 11 leavers, and I want to offer my sincere congratulations to everyone who has received their results today. We all know that pupils have again had to continue their studies through an incredibly challenging period of disruption and uncertainty. This cohort have demonstrated grit and determination; they have earned these results and deserve them. Their hard work is a credit to them, their families, and carers; it’s also a great tribute to the teaching and pastoral staff who have supported, challenged and encouraged them. I hope that these hard-earned GCSEs will enable our Year 11 leavers to take the next step on their educational journey, whether that is at sixth form, vocational qualifications, apprenticeships, or some other opportunity. I wish each and every one of them the very best of luck for next year and beyond." 

" We wish all of our students the best of luck with the next stage of their academic careers. They have been a wonderful year group to work with and we wish them all a happy, fun and successful future."

- Mrs Watts, School Principal

How were this year's exam results determined?

This year, results were determined by Teacher Assessed Grades. The school submitted teacher assessed grades to the exam boards based on a range of assessment data that students had achieved throughout the course. The majority weighting of the assessments were based on the internal assessments students completed post Easter.  The standardisation process applied by the exam boards ensures grades awarded this year are consistent with those awarded to other cohorts in previous years. This is a rigorous process and ensures that the grades awarded this year are as valid as in any other year.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your GCSE results, please click here to contact the school.