The JCB Academy recently celebrated a resounding success with its first set of GCSE results – with 99 per cent of students achieving five or more passes at grades A* to C.
Of the 111 students receiving results, a staggering 99% achieved A* to C in Principal Learning in Engineering – the equivalent of four GCSEs. A total of 88% of youngsters gained a C or above in GCSE Mathematics. Aside from GCSEs, more than 90% of students also achieved Functional Skills in Maths and English, a national qualification that supports employability.
Today The JCB Academy Principal Jim Wade said: "We are absolutely delighted with our first set of results. They demonstrate that our young people are set up to go out and follow very rewarding careers in engineering. Not only have 99% of them achieved the Principal Learning in Engineering qualification but also 88% have gained grade C or above passes in Mathematics which will be vital in supporting their engineering work."
The JCB Academy Chair of Governors Paul Pritchard said: "These GCSE marks are excellent and The JCB Academy governors are extremely proud of the students and staff who have all put in such hard work to deliver such a fantastic set of results."
The inspiration behind the setting up of The JCB Academy came from JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford in 2006 and the school opened its doors to its first pupils in September 2010. Today Sir Anthony congratulated The JCB Academy and its students on their first set of GCSE results.
He said: "The original idea for The JCB Academy was borne out of my passion for engineering and its importance to British manufacturing. This excellent set of results is proof that The JCB Academy has inspired its students by offering a great engineering syllabus which has fully engaged them in the wider GCSE curriculum. I congratulate each and every one of the students, most of whom I know will now go onto study for their A levels or take up apprenticeships in engineering and manufacturing."
Left to right are Declan Lander, 16, of Church Broughton, Derbyshire; James Gratton, 16, of Littleover; Jodie Howlett, 16, of Burton-on-Trent and identical twins Connor and Rhys Bradbury, 16 of Stoke-on-Trent.