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All Years Letter to Parents - Start of New Academic Year

Letter from Mr Bourton, Headteacher.

Dear Parents,

Welcome to everybody at the start of school year. I hope it has been a positive start to the academic year and that all new Yr 7/12 students have settled in well to life at Idsall. 

We were pleased with our examination results in the Summer which saw so many happy faces on A2 and GCSE exam result days

At GCSE the Yr11 of 2017 took an incredible 1707 examinations in total with 74% of all grades being A – C. This Summer saw students take the new examinations in Maths and English for the first time and we were overjoyed by the results.

A record proportion of 71% of ALL students gained at least 9-4 in both English and Maths (which is equivalent to the old grades A*-C)

The new GCSEs are graded 9-1 with a grade 9 being given to the top 10% of all students nationally. Again we were very pleased to gain 17 of these grades.

In the core subjects of English, Maths and Science we gained the following results:

English  -  85% 9-4 (A*-C)      28% 9-7 (A*/A)
Maths  -  76% 9-4 (A*-C)      18% 9-7 (A*/A)
Science  -  75% A*-C         20% A*/A

The new Progress 8 measure, which indicates how much progress students have made from their starting points in Yr 7, is not available at this moment as the Government are still calculating this score. I will inform you of our Progress 8 score when it is has been calculated. The Progress 8 score is measured by the progress all students nationally make in English, Maths, any three from the Sciences, MFL, History, Geography or Computer Science and any three other subjects that the students opt for. Each student will be given targets for all subjects based on their SATs scores at primary schools

In the core subjects of English, Maths and Science we gained the following results:

English  - 72% A*-C
Maths - 78% A*-C
Science - 77% A*-C

We had some fantastic individual results with one student gaining a grade 9 in English Language, English Literature and Maths.

This amazing effort places her amongst only 2000 students to gain this accolade out of the 500,000 students who took GCSEs this Summer. I’m really pleased that our highest 12 performing students decided to stay on and study A Levels with us.

At A level we again had some very good results. Our average points score per student was 29.6 which is an average of a C grade based on the new scoring system. We have a record amount of our students starting at University this term.

Well done to all students and staff who have worked so hard to make these results possible.

It is also clear that changing examination criteria and structure alongside raised grade boundaries are making it harder for students to gain higher grades but we are determined that by adjusting our own curriculum provision and working very closely with students, they will be best prepared for a changing examination landscape.

I firmly believe we have a school to be proud of and I would once again like to thank you for your continued support. I have been extremely impressed by how well students have started the school year and how smart their school uniform has been.

Key dates I would like to bring your attention for this term are:

Our Open Evening for Year 6 Pupils / Parents is on Thursday 28th September starting at 6.30 – 8.30 pm.

We will be closing at 1.25 pm to allow staff and students to prepare for the evening. A cold lunch will be available to all students until 2 pm and the school buses will leave at 2 pm. Students who travel on the public transport Arriva bus will need to make alternative arrangements to be collected as Arriva are unable to collect at the earlier time. Alternatively students can remain in school and will leave on the bus at the usual time.

Yr 6 Open Evening - Thursday 28th September 6.30pm

Yr 6 Open Morning - Friday 29th September (Appointment only)         

Year 13 Parents’ Evening - Thursday 19th October 3.45 – 6.45 pm

Staff Professional Development Day - Friday 20th October
(School closed to all students)

School Awards Evening - Tuesday 21st November 7.00 pm

6th Form Open Evening - Thursday 7th December 6.30 pm

6th Form Open Morning - Friday 8th December (Appointment only) 

Year 7 Parents’ Evening - Tuesday 12th December 3.45 – 6.45 pm

Yours sincerely,