TODAY (Thursday, August 24) students and staff at Tenbury High School will learn if they are continuing to sustain an impressive recovery.

Last year Tenbury High School recorded its best every GCSE results.

Students excelled themselves and helped to reinforce the recovery of the school that a few years ago found itself in special measures.

However, there have been major changes including the school becoming an Ormiston Academy.

Adrian Price, principal at the Ormiston Academy School, put the success in 2016 down to hard work by the students and teachers combined with support from parents and carers.

The results in August 2016 were well above the national average but this has set a high bar for the current batch of examination students to match.

Students and staff at Tenbury High Ormiston Academy celebrated a year ago after 72 per cent of students achieved A*- C grades in English and maths.

They smashed previous school records with 78 per cent of students achieving these top grades in maths and 75 per cent achieving them in English.

“This year’s results are a just reward for the hard work of students and staff,” said Adrian Price speaking after the 2016 results were released.

“The academy is delighted that so many pupils achieved so highly given the increasing rigour and challenge required to achieve this high standard in literacy and numeracy.”

A record 71 per cent of all pupils achieved 5 GCSEs at A*- C including English and Maths, representing a five per cent point increase from the previous year. More than one third of all pupils achieved the gold star standard of the EBacc and just under one third of all grades were either A* or A.

Adrian Price has said that he was not only pleased with the top performers in 2016 but also the success of other students some of which had achieved excellent results despite facing adversity including family bereavements.

It is nearly four years since Tenbury High School was put into special measures following some disappointing examination results.

But Adrian Price and his team say that is all in the past.

Adrian Price took over as head at Tenbury High School in September 2012.

On taking over he pledged that any changes that were necessary would be made and his rally cry to teaching staff was to make sure the make the ‘main thing the main thing’ by which he meant high-quality teaching.

New techniques to monitor the progress of students were also introduced.

In early 2013 he said that the school had been hurt by the decision to put it into special measures following an inspection by OFSTED.

It came despite good results in the sciences and a strong reputation for its community engagement but the school was let down by inconsistency and poor performance in the key subjects of English and Maths.

Part of the problem was put down to a change in the marking regime at the time.