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STUDENTS and staff at Brotton's Freebrough Academy are celebrating a huge increase in the number of students achieving grade C or above in maths.

In their recent maths exam, taken only half way through the academic year, the vast majority of Year 11 students improved their GCSE result by one grade or more. 47% of Year 11s achieved a grade C or better, a massive 18% increase on the previous year.

Students Dan Trousdale and Marty Wilson were both celebrating an A* in the subject.

The success comes after an Ofsted monitoring inspection said the academy had made satisfactory progress towards raising standards, after an inspection in January said it was failing to meet Government standards.

The maths GCSE exam was also taken early by the top three Year 10 maths sets and a full two years early by the top set in Year 9. For Year 9 student, 14-year-old Molly Broughton, an A-grade - and just one mark off an A* - added to earlier successes in which she bagged herself three A* grades in science.

Other Year 9 students were able to clock up a grade A, one grade B and 16 grade Cs.

Of the Year 10s, 42 students banked a grade C or above, with Hannah Clayton and Greta Timar achieving A* grades more than a year earlier than expected. All of the students involved are keen to take the exam again to improve their result before leaving the academy.

Maths teacher and director of the subject at Freebrough, Helen Stockwell, said: "I am extremely proud of the students who took part in the March exams.

" Their effort and determination has led to these fantastic results in all three year groups, which are thoroughly deserved.

"The maths team at Freebrough will always have high expectations of our students and we give our all to enable students to meet them. I would also like to say to those year 11s who were still doubting themselves the day before the results came in maybe now you will have the confidence in your maths ability that we have always had."

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PASS: : Helen Stockwell with pupils Dan Trowsdale 16, Marty Wilson 16, Molly Broughton 14 and Greta Timar, 14. Picture by IAN COOPER
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 2, 2012
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