It is also an opportunity to reflect upon the successes of our graduating Year 11 and Year 13 students who achieved excellent results in August.
The Year 13 class of 2016 achieved an average Diploma score of 36 points. This compares with a global average of 30. Hyun Jin Kim scored a perfect 45. I congratulate them all on their success in attaining this prestigious qualification and wish them well in their next steps at university.
I’m also delighted to be able to announce the success of all of our Year 11 students: 57% of all IGCSE grades achieved were A*-A. This is the most successful set of results that our students have achieved – they have certainly set the challenge for our current cohort! You can read more details of individual successes here. I’ve often talked about the golden triangle of students, parents and teachers and how by all working together, we can achieve amazing things. So well done to our students and thank you to our parents! IGCSE courses require consistent dedication and commitment and they have demonstrated these characteristics in abundance. We will be celebrating the success of all of our IGCSE students with their families at a formal ceremony in the autumn term, but I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them across the wider school community.
We also continue our warm welcome to parents and invite you to participate further in the life of the school. In the Secondary School we operate a Secondary Room parent network. This has been devised with two goals in mind - to further facilitate communication of a non-academic nature between the parents and the school, and to provide a framework for parents to meet and socialise with other parents in similar year groups. If you would like to join us as the Room Parent representative for your student's form please let Susan Pearson, our coordinator, know via firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be happy to provide further details. Thank you to Cindy Liddiard for all her work in the last year and to Susan for taking on this role moving forward. Please support this excellent group.
Looking ahead, our ECA programme begins next week. You should receive a letter today outlining the ECAs that your child has signed up for. They are part of the rich and varied curriculum that benefit students in many ways; from learning new skills to making new friends or keeping fit to give balance to academic study. The aim of them all is to provide an activity that students will find engaging, enjoyable and enriching. Next week will see auditions for the Key Stage 3 production and I would encourage those interested to become involved – this year students will be performing in ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ – I cannot wait to see what will no doubt be a highly entertaining show!
In the meantime, I hope that your children have settled back into their school routines and are set for the challenges that lie ahead this term. I look forward to seeing you at the school soon – please don’t forget that we have our annual Welcome Back Party on Saturday 10 September, a great way to catch up on those holiday adventures.
Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary