Headteacher's Blog

25th August 2011

It has been so good to celebrate great results in both Sixth Form and Year 11 this summer.

At A Level more than 55% of results were in the A*-B grades and the school broke the 80% barrier at C grade and above for the first time with over 82% in the upper grades.  For the seventh consecutive year the pass rate at A-E grades exceeded 99%.

Good results did not, however, lead to an easy day with the UCAS process as the failure of the UCAS website created a lot of unnecessary worry and waiting for our applicants.  Fortunately in almost all cases the news was good and we will see record numbers go off to university this year.  It will be interesting to see, with the advent of higher tuition fees, whether that high water mark is passed in future years.

GCSE results have been very strong again this year.  More than 70% of our Year 11s achieved 5+A*-C grades including English and Maths.  More than 85% achieved five good passes at C grade or above.  Top performers in the year group included Adam Grey who achieved no fewer than 13 full A* grades. Hollie Allen, Tom Clough, Stephanie Croker, Alex Hunter-Craig, Firdaws Nackvi, Sarah Reardon and Esme Tuttiett also all achieved 10 or more A*s.  In total more than 50 students scooped eight or more A grades.

I am so proud and impressed by the work ethic of our students and particularly pleased that students of all abilities have thrived in their results at Gordano.  There is a natural tendency to count A grades on results day but we take just as much satisfaction in seeing students who have worked hard achieve their targets, whatever they were.  My thanks go to our incredibly hardworking staff and to the parents who have supported us so consistently.  We all join in congratulating the students of the school on another fabulous year.

The Sixth Form building project is almost at the point of submitting a planning application.  We are exited about the plans which include a beautiful university-style study centre, new classrooms for Sixth Form use and a large lecture theatre.  The architects have produced a scheme which is really attractive and will greatly enhance our environment.  I look forward to publishing drawings on the website as soon as the planners and Council have granted approval.

School is bustling with activity and all we need now are the students but they will be glad to know that they still have a few days left!  School opens to pupils on Monday 5th September following two staff training days the previous week.  We will soon be ready to do it all again!

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