Woodkirk Academy has welcomed its Year 7 cohort this September alongside celebrating its best GCSE results ever.
Year 7 pupils are joining the school at a very exciting time as this summer 77 per cent of pupils achieved the gold standard 5 A*-C including English and Maths, the highest results in the south of the city.
In addition, the three levels of progress measures in English and Maths, showing the progress students have made in their time at secondary school, were the highest combined results in the whole of Leeds.
Headteacher Jonathan White said: “These results are truly outstanding and a testament to the hard work and determination of everyone at Woodkirk Academy. “Our pupils last year were tremendous. Their attitude and approach to their studies was outstanding and supported by their teachers and parents, they were rewarded with some excellent grades. Woodkirk is proud of their achievements.”
Year 7 pupils are looked after by Head of Year, Dave Watson, who has high hopes for his year group and a high standard to beat.
He said: “I have just seen my previous year group achieve the best results ever. “I hope this will serve as an inspiration for Year 7. They have made an excellent start and will get a first class education here at Woodkirk.”
Woodkirk’s vibrant and successful Sixth Form has also seen its numbers continue to rise following excellent examination results last summer, with a 98 per cent A level pass rate for Year 13 students including 42 per cent of all grades awarded being in the A*-B categories.
Over 200 students have joined the Dennis Fisher Sixth Form Centre this year to study A levels and vocational courses in 30 subjects.
Head Girl, Im Hazelton representing the Sixth Form Senior Council, said: “It is fantastic to see so many students coming into Year 12 at Woodkirk. We have had even more new facilities added to the Sixth Form centre. It just gets better and better each year.”
Woodkirk prides itself on educating the ‘whole child’ of which the performance in examinations is only one part. A reflection of the realisation of this aspiration is the many charities and good causes the student body supported last year, raising thousands of pounds for good causes.
The Academy has achieved the balance between driving academic achievement, ensuring the highest standards of behaviour alongside providing opportunities to broaden horizons and raise aspirations. This was recognised by Investors in People when Woodkirk was awarded the Gold standard which only 10 per cent of IIP holders successfully achieve.
The IIP assessor said: “There is a palpable spirit and energy about the school that provides inspiration and a sense of being privileged to be part of it. There is an absolute passion and dedication displayed by all staff that enshrines the school’s core value around ‘putting the kids first’.”
Woodkirk invites all prospective new parents of students in Year 6 to visit the school and share in its success as part of its open day and evening on Thursday October 9 from 9.30am-noon and 6pm-8.30pm.