Ark schools in Birmingham post record-breaking GCSE results

Monday 02 February 2015

St Alban’s Ark Academy in Highgate posted impressive results. 65% of pupils got 5 A*-C including English and maths, well above the national average and more than twice the pass rate when it became an Ark school in 2009 (31%).


English and maths results were particularly strong in 2014, with 83% of pupils achieving grade A* – C in English, a rise of 23 points on 2013, and 80% in maths.


There were also notable successes in the academy’s engineering specialism with a 100% pass rate in GCSE engineering and with 96% of students passed their GCSE IT at grade C or above. Students make rapid progress at St Alban’s -  those students who start at the school with lower than average attainment are five times more likely to get 5 good GCSEs than the national average.


33% of students attained the EBacc standard, a group of academic subjects that are highly rated by universities and employers, up from 19% last year, and above the national average of 23%


St Alban’s was rated as outstanding by Ofsted in 2011.


Amina Akter is a student at St Alban’s Academy – she got one A, six Bs and three Cs in her GCSEs.  She hopes to be the first person in her family to go to university – and to become a mechanical engineer – a profession that is nearly 95% male dominated.

She said, “I want to become a mechanical engineer.  I did a week of work experience at a BMW car factory and I really enjoyed it.  The UK currently has less than half the amount of engineers it needs and I think it’s important for women to take advantage of this opportunity. I’ve been inspired by my engineering teacher – whenever we’re in the workshop he always has that thrill in his voice that shows he’s excited about what he’s doing.”

David Gould, Principal of St Alban’s Academy said: “I’m really pleased for our students who worked so hard for these results. Our challenge now is to do even better in our next set of results. We will not rest until we fulfil the potential of all our students so they can pursue a university degree or their career of choice.”

School Predecessor School 2014 results Change
Ark Kings Academy 41% (2012) 46% +5
St Alban’s Academy 31% (2009) 65% +34


Results show proportion of pupils achieving Level 4 or above in reading, writing and mathematics at key stage 2 (primary) or 5 or more GCSEs graded A*-C including English and maths (secondary).