Improved Maths, Science and Language results in ARK Kings Academy’s first GCSE results

ARK Kings students are celebrating improvement in their key stage 4 and GCSE attainment in both maths and science in their first year as an academy. GCSE maths results have increased to 57% getting A*-Cs and science results have improved from 38% to 56%. Attainment in languages also improved with four students achieving A*s and 69% of students passing GCSE French. The achievements are impressive given that it is the first year in which students studied a largely academic (rather than vocational) curriculum in which most students sat at least six GCSEs.

ARK Kings Academy principal, Kieran Larkin, said:

“I’m very pleased for students who have today achieved results that enable them to go on to take up college places.They have risen to the new challenges and rigour of a more academic curriculum and their hard work has paid off.  However, we recognise that we have an ongoing task to ensure that all our students in the year groups lower down the school fulfil their potential and that we make ARK Kings the high attaining academy that their community needs. 

“We have high aspirations for all our students and we will continue to do all we can to increase success further to give our students the best opportunities in life and improve their chance of going on to university and into a career of their choice. In the coming year we have a whole school drive on literacy to improve standards in English for all students that will help to improve results in all subjects.”

Some students have done particularly well:

  • Tolu Odubanjo, the academy’s first ever head boy, who has recently returned from a prestigious trip to a summer school in the USA, celebrates his  four As, two B and a C and a distinction in ICT. Tolu is planning to go on to sixth form and hopes, ultimately to study science or engineering at university
  • Tafadzwa Lumeyu only joined the school in year 10 but gained eight GCSEs including two As, five Bs and a C grade.
  • Mohamoud Abairie was awarded the whole school prize for the achievement across subjects gaining three As, a B, a C and distinctions in each of business and ICT.

The overall headline figure in the academy for key stage 4 achievement was 24% getting five or more GCSEs or equivalent including English and mathematics.