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The Victory Academy students delighted at GCSE results

The Victory Academy students delighted at GCSE results

Students were jumping for joy at The Victory Academy in Chatham today as they collected their GCSE results.

The school, which caters for many students from disadvantaged backgrounds, has been on a remarkable journey of improvement over the last few years – with particularly good progress achieved in Maths this year, according to the provisional figures.

Students have risen to the challenge of this being the first year in which all GCSEs are at a new, tougher standard, including more challenging content and questions. Significant changes to grading have been introduced, while assessment is now based on exams only, rather than coursework. There have also been additional exam papers.


Students and staff at the school celebrated some stand-out individual stories of success, including:

  • Jake Hooper-Ross, who will be going on to study at the Victory Academy Sixth Form after receiving a very impressive Grade 9 (equivalent to an A*) in Maths and three grade 8s (equivalent to an A). A grade 9 is the very highest score possible, with the regulator predicting that only 5% of awards nationally will be a grade 9. Teachers noted just how much Jake’s exceptional commitment to revising, including at lunch and after school, paid off.
  • Stefan Balog, who joined the Victory Academy at the end of Year 8 speaking English as a second language, and was determined to excel at his academic studies. He is delighted to have achieved passes in both Maths and English, and excelled with grade 5s in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry – making significant progress since beginning his GCSE studies.
  • Andreea-Lucianna Marnesc joined the Academy in Year 10. Her classmates often spotted her revising before school and after school and at lunch time, as well as taking up the support offered by Victory staff to achieve the best possible results for herself. She achieved fantastic results – nine GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including a remarkable grade 8 (A-A*) in English Literature.
  • Rosemarie Sievenpiper, who achieved fantastic results with ten GCSEs at grade 5 or above, and has been an exemplary role model to the whole school community. She was often seen working before and after school, and her hard work has paid off – particularly with an excellent grade 7 (equivalent to A) in Maths.


The Maths department, where progress has been particularly outstanding, is led by Rakesh Vashisht, who was previously named the best Maths teacher in Medway at the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards.

The Victory Academy is a member of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), a family of 14 high-performing schools across the South East that prides itself on providing a high-quality education to all students.


Mandy Gage, Principal at the Victory Academy, said:  

“Our students have proved their immense dedication and work ethic yet again in this year’s GCSE results, overcoming significant challenges after changes to the exams.

“I am so proud of them and their achievements, and cannot wait to see them go on to do great things.

“I would like to thank our brilliant and passionate staff, who have been exceptionally supportive to our students, and our parents and wider community. We all look forward to the next step on our journey.”