Barnes Wallis Academy celebrate best results in a generation

Students and staff from Barnes Wallis Academy have been praised for collectively obtaining the academy’s best set of GCSE results in a generation.

The academy, which is part of the David Ross Education Trust (DRET), has now seen the number of students achieving the key benchmark of 5 A*- C including maths and English, rocket from 32% to 66% in the last academic year alone. 

In addition, more than double the number of students have achieved A*- C in both English and maths (33% to 67%). The proportion of students making at least good progress also significantly exceeded the national average with 90% in English and 79% in maths. 

David Lancaster, Executive Principal, said: "Across every measure our students and staff have set new standards for Barnes Wallis Academy. They can rightly hold their heads up high knowing that they have helped the academy achieve its best set of results in over a generation. 

"Barnes Wallis is now a place where high academic standards are matched by the Personal Best ethos which ensures a warm and welcoming community."

Among the students celebrating was Sarah Dickson, she said: "I've been here since Year 7 and the transformation over the last couple of years has been incredible. I've had so much support and encouragement, I'm sad to be leaving but looking forward to the next challenge." 

Charlie Guite, said: "I did really well, I'm so happy with what I have achieved. I'm now going on to study A-Levels at King Edward VI Academy in Spilsby and I can't wait." 

Charlotte Clark, who was celebrating with her mum Sandy, said: "I'm speechless. I was so worried about getting the grade I needed in maths, and this is beyond what I ever dreamed of. I worked so hard, revising constantly and I can't thank my teachers enough for their support." 

Wendy Marshall, Chief Executive of the David Ross Education Trust, added: "As a Trust, we have a strong track record of improving academic outcomes in rural secondaries.

“Looking at the national picture from previous years, these results are likely to show that Barnes Wallis is amongst the most improved schools, not just in the county, but in the whole country. 

“These results are the step change that we have been working so hard to achieve. I have every confidence that they will now be the platform for more success, ensuring that Barnes Wallis is an academy that every member of the community can be proud of."