News from Mr Ramsey

Welcome

I am delighted to welcome all pupils, parents and staff to a new school year. Both GCSE and A Level students enjoyed considerable success this summer and I would like to congratulate them on their results.

At GCSE, Year 11 surpassed their demanding Attainment 8 target achieving 77% standard passes included English and Maths. I was delighted that 87% of pupils achieved a Grade 4 or above in English and 84% in Maths. Our data suggests that students made impressive progress and our estimated Progress 8 score is +0.24 which is above average.
I would also like to congratulate Year 10 who took their GCSE English Literature examination a Year early. We were delighted that 84% of pupils achieved a Level 4 or above. This is an excellent spring board for next summer’s GCSE examinations.

At A Level, 46% of the results were Grade A* to B and students were very successful in gaining the University places of their choice. Over 50% of places secured were at the most prestigious universities: Oxford, Cambridge, the Russell Group and former 1994 Group universities. I was also very pleased that our most recent Ofsted report, which we sent to you last term, was finally published on Thursday.

Staffing News

It is also a pleasure to welcome the following colleagues who have joined the staff:

Mr A Flack

Deputy Headteacher

Mrs M-C Dawson

Head of French

Mr P Coughlan

Head of History

Mr J McDonough

English Department

Ms V Stockman-Black

English Department

Mrs S Wright

Maths Department

Mr N Branch

Science Department

Ms H Heledd

Science Department

Mrs K Ravindran

Science Department

Mr F Ahmed

Business Studies

Mrs K Patrick

Geography Department

Mrs S Sanders

Geography Department

Miss S Siggers

Technology Department

Headmaster’s commendation

This week’s commendation is awarded to Tom Mitchell for completing reading challenges set for the summer and raising money for Macmillan. Well done.

Parking

A reminder to parents to please refrain from collecting your son/daughter from the Brampton Road entrance as this results in considerable disruption to traffic.

P A Ramsey

Headmaster

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