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All Years Letter to Parents - Start of New Academic Year

Letter from Mr Bourton, Headteacher.

                                                                                                                            12th September 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                              

Welcome to everybody at the start of the new academic year.

Nationally, all year 11 students took new reformed GCSEs this summer which are now graded 9 – 1. These involved far less coursework, no modular examinations taken during the course and far more examinations at the end of the year 11. We were, therefore, thrilled to gain a very good set of results which saw so many happy faces on GCSE results day. 71 per cent of all students gained the Government benchmark of 9 – 4 in English and Maths (A* - C equivalent), and this equals the highest results we have ever had, before any re-marks are factored in.
In the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, we gained incredibly pleasing results of:

English 85% 9 – 4 (A* - C) 23% 9 – 7 (A* - A)
Maths 75% 9 – 4 (A* - C) 20% 9 – 7 (A* - A)
Science 71% 9 – 4 (A* - C) 20% 9 – 7 (A* - A)

I am also very pleased that so many of our students have chosen to continue their studies in the Sixth Form.
At A level, we gained record results with an average points score of 32.63, and nearly half of all the grades were A* - B. Individually, we had some amazing results with seven pupils gaining all A*/A grades, and two students gaining all A*s. Congratulations to all students and staff who have worked so hard to make these results possible. A huge well done to Joe Onions who has gained a place at Cambridge University to study English; this is now the sixth consecutive year we have had students gaining a place at Oxford or Cambridge.

In the coming term, we will be following Government advice and guidelines and producing a critical incident policy. Please do not be alarmed if your son or daughter speaks to you about this as it is being put in place to ensure your child is safe in the event of an act of terror occurring at the school.

We are starting E.R.I.C. (Everyone Reads in Class) this term with all of our Key Stage 3 to further promote reading skills and to help foster a life-long love of reading. This will mean all students will read their accelerated reading book for half an hour a week in one chosen lesson, on a rota system. Please talk to your son/daughter about their book and encourage them to read it at home.

I am very proud of our school community and the contribution students, staff and parents make to its success, and I would once again like to thank you for your continued support.

Key dates for your attention

Our open evening for year 6 pupils and parents is on Thursday 27th September at 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

We will close at 1.25pm to allow staff and students to prepare for the evening. A cold lunch will be available until 2pm and the school buses will leave at 2pm. Students may walk home or be picked up from 1.25pm.
Year 6 Open Evening Thursday 27th September 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Year 6 Open Morning Friday 28th September (by appointment only)
Year 11 Revision Evening Tuesday 16th October
Year 13 Parents’ Evening Thursday 18th October
Staff Professional Development Day Friday 26th October
(School closed to students)
School Awards Evening Tuesday 20th November
6th Form Open Evening Thursday 6th December
6th Form Open Morning Friday 7th December (by appointment only)
Year 7 Parents’ Evening Thursday 13th December
Year 12 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 18th December
Break up for Christmas Thursday 20th December

Yours faithfully