Duke’s Achieves Best Ever Results

Date: August 23rd 2018

In its first year as an Aldridge school Duke’s Aldridge Academy (formerly Northumberland Park Community School) was celebrating the school’s best ever GCSE results.

Principal  Monica Duncan said: “I would like to congratulate the outgoing Year 11 students, their parents, their families, and also to their teachers! The Academy’s results have improved significantly when compared against published performance measures: for example, the proportion of students achieving Grades 9-4, a Good pass, in English and Maths has risen 5 points to 53%. Similarly, the new grades 9-5 measure showing Strong passes in English and Maths has risen 4 points to 33%. All of our EBacc performance measures have increased substantially and the relatively new Progress 8 measure is expected to show that this year’s cohort has attained grades substantially higher than the national average across their 8 qualifying subjects. We expect to be in the top third of schools in the country when the tables are published.”

Duke's GCSE students“Amongst the highest achievers this year, with 9 or more top Grades 9-7 and A-A*, are Khadija Choudhury, Omar Pierre-Williams, Sara Al Maliki, Yasmin Adam, Jubair Ali and Oguzcan Balci.”

“Most students have made excellent progress. The most significant are two students for whom English is an additional rather than their first language. Sarantis Koulis and Kerim Bikim they have both attained an astonishing average of nearly 4 grades higher than expected in each of their ‘Progress 8’ subjects.

Other outstanding results at Duke’s were in:

Art GCSE 94% students achieving a grade 5 or better with 52% achieving grade 7 or above.
Sciences, where 75% of students gained Grade 5 or above in Biology; 74% of students achieved Grade 5 or above in Physics; and in Chemistry, where  80% of students gained Grade 5 or above.

“Every year a number of our students win scholarships to prestigious Independent Schools and 2018 is no different. This year Omar Pierre-Williams will be attending Rugby School and Jayon Raveendran will be attending King Edward’s School, Witley.”

Duke's student Khadija Choudhury

Duke’s student Khadija Choudhury

“Previous students who went to boarding school in September 2016 and have now finished A- Levels have secured places at Warwick University, Leeds University, Birkbeck College and King’s College London, amongst others.”

“The year-on-year rise in our results is testimony to the commitment and hard work of students and staff who have worked tirelessly to achieve these results. I also want to acknowledge the outstanding support received from parents. We wish all the Year 11 students of 2017/18 every success in their future studies.”

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