Students’ ‘Work Ethic’ Is Key To Major Success in GCSE Results



Socially-distanced GCSE students celebrate their GCSE results with Principal Janice Hornby.


Students at Cleethorpes Academy are today celebrating a “very well deserved” and improved set of GCSE results, in spite of major disruption to their education due to Covid-19.

The results were distributed to students at the Academy this morning in small socially distanced groups, which complied with Covid-19 guidelines. Teaching staff and a member of our careers staff were available to offer face-to-face advice and support to the students regarding their results and post 16 choices.

Students were also assured that the “robust and rigorous assessment processes in place at all Tollbar Multi Academy Trust Academies” mean that these results are a “true reflection” of the grades they were expected to achieve had exams taken place.

David Hampson, Chief Executive of TMAT, said: “The GCSE students should be extremely proud of themselves. Their grades today are a true reflection of their hard work and ability. These are the grades teachers were expecting them to achieve had they sat their exams this year. We have very detailed processes in place to ensure that teacher assessments are accurate, including standardising and moderating mock exams and other internal assessments.

“In years gone by, we have always been very accurate in predicting our results and this year is no different, despite the tremendous disruption that Covid-19 has caused to everyone.”

Results at Cleethorpes Academy have seen an increase on last summer, with 70% of students achieving a standard pass (grades 4-9) in Maths and English; and 42% achieving a strong pass (grades 5-9).  

The Academy’s Attainment 8 figure has also seen a rise to 48.32. Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a student across eight subjects, including English and Maths.

 Janice Hornby, Principal of Cleethorpes Academy, said: “These results reflect the very strong Year 11 cohort at the Academy this year. My congratulations go to all of them in what has been a very challenging time for them. They can rest assured that these grades are thoroughly deserved and are a real reflection of what they were expected to achieve had the exams gone ahead.

“Our GCSE students sat mock exams which complied with the exam board’s mark scheme, and they were also internally moderated. We pride ourselves on accuracy and our students have today received the grades they were predicted following a great deal of hard work and sheer determination on their part.”


Caleb Bushell achieved three grade 8s, five grade 7s and one grade 6.

Samantha Reed achieved seven grade 9s and two grade 8s. She said: “I am so happy, really delighted. I think I deserved this due to the hard work I did. It has been scary not knowing what was going to happen. But this is fantastic and I am going to study for my A Levels now in Chemistry, English Literature and Psychology at Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College.”

Milly Kerry achieved two grade 9s, four grade 8s and two grade 7s. She said: “I am completely shocked it is amazing. I have been really worried about the uncertainty of all of this because the situation was always changing. I cannot believe the results I have now. I am going to Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College to study for my A levels.”

 Abi Flowers achieved two grade 9s, one grade 8, one grade 7 and two grade 6s.

Scarlett Swinton achieved two grade 8s, three grade 7s and one grade 6.

 Elisha Hooper achieved seven Grade 7s and one grade 5.

Madeline Smith-Howden achieved two grade 9s and six grade 8s.

Harry Rowntree achieved four grade 8s, two grade 7s and three grade 6s.

Harvey Duffield achieved one grade 8, two grade 7s, and four grade 6s.

Fern Lawrence-Kitt achieved five grade 7s and two grade 6s.



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Cleethorpes Academy Principal

Janice Hornby

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson
OBE, BSc, BA.
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