All Years - Letter to Parents - New School Year Letter From Headteacher

Posted: 23/09/2016

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

We were very 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 2016 took an incredible 1926 examinations in total with 76% of all grades being A – C and 44% of all grades being A*-B. As I’m sure you’re aware the Government has changed the headline figures schools are judged by, with the 3 main headline figures being:

Progress 8   -   this is the progress students in our school made compared to students with identical SATs scores nationally. Based on last year’s results our progress scores are showing a positive score which indicates our students have made above average progress from their starting points in Year 7.

From 2016 schools will be judged on the progress they make in eight specific types of examinations. These subjects will be English, Maths, any three from the Sciences, MFL, History, Geography or Computer Science and any three other subjects that the students opt for. For ‘Progress 8’ each student will be given targets for all subjects based on their SATs scores at primary schools.

Attainment 8  -   this is the level of attainment students achieved.

In Year 11 our Attainment 8 score was 5.20 which is the equivalent of C+. This represents the average achieved by each pupil in Year 11.

Basics (A*-C in English and Maths)           -           65% of students gained A*-C in both English and Maths.

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 11 students gaining at least 8 A*/A grades. I am also very pleased that nine of those 11 students have chosen to study levels in our sixth form.

At A level we again had some record results with our results improving for the fifth consecutive year. The average points score per student was 214.46 which is a 4 point increase on last year’s record results. At A level this gives an average grade of C+. We had some outstanding individual results, with 8 students gaining all A*/A grades and for the fifth consecutive year one of our students gained a place at Oxford or Cambridge University.

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 allied to 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 29th September starting at 6.30 pm. And as such 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.

Key Stage 5 information Evening - Thursday 22nd September - 6.30 pm

Yr 6 Open Evening - Thursday 29th September – 6.30 pm

Year 13 Parents’ Evening - Thursday 20th October 3.45 – 6.45 pm

Staff Professional Development Day Friday 21st October (School closed to all students.)

School Awards Evening - Wednesday 23rd November 7.00 pm

6th Form Open Evening - Thursday 8th December 6.30 pm

Year 7 Parents’ Evening - Tuesday 13th December 3.45 – 6.45 pm


  1. New Academic Year Letter from Headteacher 2016

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