Big improvements were seen in English despite “disappointing” GCSE results on the whole at Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton.
Principal of the Trinity Avenue school, Chris Stead, said there had been a number of successes across the academy, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of students passing English on last year.
The progress students made in maths was above the national average and results in some of the core “EBACC” subjects such as science and foreign languages has also showed improvements on the 2014 results.
But Mr Stead said: “The reality, however, is that these improvements were not consistent across all subjects, so our overall results are broadly in line with last year - which was just under 40 per cent for 5 A* to C grades including maths and English.
“Although the results were disappointing, the progress students have made has improved in English and significantly improved in maths giving us clear signs that the systems we have put in place over since the new year are having a real impact.
“I am confident we are building a strong platform for future successes.”
Some individuals had plenty of cause for celebration today though.
Among the smiling faces were Rachel Alderson, Iona Beresford, Eugene Afful, Jack Brennan, India Houghton, Magda Kolano, Joseph Perkin, Tommy Wise, Gagandeep Sachdeva and Liam Taylor - who all achieved at least A*s or As a piece.