Having doubled its key GCSE pass rate in 2012, Quest students have once again delivered outstanding results, that have surpassed the national average.
94% of students at have obtained 5 GCSE qualifications at grades A*-C, which beats the Academy’s own record last year when 80% of students achieved this milestone.
The more challenging benchmark of 5 A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths is up to 63% – a huge increase of 17% from the 46% achieved in 2012. This represents rapid and accelerating progress and a near-trebling of the figure inherited by the Academy when it replaced Selsdon High School three years ago, when it stood at just 23%.
Particular congratulations go to top students Shaniqua Okwok who achieved 2 A*, 5 A and 5 B grades; Mudeser Ahmed who achieved 2 A*, 2 A and 5 B grades and Nazir Ahmad with 5 As and 5 Bs. Shaniqua recognised the contribution that The Quest had made to her success, saying, “I wouldn’t have been able to get these results if it hadn’t been for Quest.” Nazir commented, “There was a time when no-one expected this of me but I did it and I’m really pleased.”
All those who have applied for places at Quest6, which will be starting its second year in September, have secured the necessary grades to progress to their A Level courses.
Despite a national trend seeing a down-grading of results in some English papers, a staggering 74% of students at the Quest Academy achieved an A* to C grade in English this year, up from 60% in 2012.
Principal, Andy Crofts said, “We knew that our Year 11 students were going to do well this year, but these results have exceeded our own predictions. I am extremely proud of all our students who have worked so hard, and risen to the increased challenge and expectations that we have brought in at the Academy over the last three years. The efforts of all the students, their families and our dedicated staff, have paid off. With virtually all students in Year 11 securing at least five high passes this year their future prospects are excellent.”
Mrs Martin, Quest’s Executive Principal and Headteacher at Coloma Convent Girls’ School, the Academy’s sponsor, said, “We have always had great faith in the ability of students at The Quest Academy and they have proved that this faith has not been misplaced. With the support of the leadership team and all the staff at the Academy, the students have excelled themselves. We wish them every success in their future choices, and look forward to working further with those who are going on to study for A-Levels at Quest6.”
Those students will be the first cohort to complete their final year of secondary education in a new purpose built £16 million building, which is now well under construction and due to be completed for September 2014.