The HEADTEACHER at Calderdale’s first academy said a new ethos brought about a record set of results.
The Trinity Academy, Holmfield, saw 61 per cent of pupils achieving five A* to C grades.
This was up from 48 per cent the previous year - the school’s last set of results as Holy Trinity Secondary School.
Headteacher Michael Gosling, who oversaw the change to academy status, said: “We are delighted - a 13 per cent rise in our first year is fantastic.
“I want to congratulate the staff and the students for all their hard work.
“We are in the same building, with the same staff and the same children.
“The main change has been a very positive ethos from everybody involved - from the governors to the parents.”
The move to become an academy was controversial and met with some opposition when it was first proposed.
“When the academy came along people were a bit wary,” said Mr Gosling.
“But through all that uncertainty everybody at the school has embraced the possibilities.
“We were the first academy in Calderdale and this vindicates an awful lot of what we’ve done and the changes we have implemented.
“It’s very nice that our first set of results has shown what we are about.”
The academy is due to move into a new state-of-the-art bulding next September which Mr Gosling said will continue to help the school’s improvement.
“In our first year as an academy we have already come a long way and we are looking forward to moving into our brand new purpose built centre in just over 12 months time.
“These are very exciting times at the academy and we are determined that standards will continue to rise.
“We want every child and young person who walks through our doors to leave us with the best possible experience, qualifications and skills.”
2,600 Calderdale students took the GCSE exams this year with 58.8 per cent achieving five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths.
This is a rise of more than four per cent on the previous year.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Cllr Ashley Evans, said he was delighted for the students, parents and schools staff.
“The improved figures demonstrate that most young people are diligent and hard working with an eye to making the most of their potential in the future,” he said.