It has been a very encouraging start to the year as we review progress and achievements from term 1. Our overall GCSE results were affected by the national issue with English Language but there were also many very positive outcomes from the GCSE exams and our A level results were very good. 83% of students went from year 13 to university and over half of these to Oxbridge, Russell Group or 1994 Group universities. The results in one subject, English Language GCSE, had a disproportionate impact on our headline figure but I am very proud of how staff have responded to this. Rather than blame Ofqual or WJEC and labour under the seeming injustice they have dedicated a huge amount of time and effort to ensure we are not put in this position again. We will do that by striving for A and B grades and by giving the students every opportunity to achieve these.
This term has also seen the implementation of the new curriculum in year 7. Teaching the new curriculum in History has been a real pleasure personally and we are all hugely confident that the curriculum will have a profound impact on the students’ achievement and cultural literacy.
The term ended with a visit by the Mayor of London to launch his Education Enquiry Report. There are many aspects of the report we would agree with, most notably improving teaching, sharing best practice and widening horizons and we look forward to developments in the coming months. The Mayor was very complimentary about the Academy and the work of students and staff here. It is pleasing to have this recognition at mayoral level given all the great work put in by students and staff.
Principal's Blog, Term 3, February 2013 19/02/2013
Food Origin and Safety: Meat Products 12/02/2013
Sutton Trust US Programme 01/05/2013
Staff Full Day Inset Training03/06/2013
Term 6 - 201303/06/2013
Year 12 WEX10/06/2013
Year 6 Family interviews with SLT14/06/2013
Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh weekend15/06/2013
Year 12 return17/06/2013
Post 16 HOD interviews17/06/2013
Parent Association - time tbc18/06/2013
Celebration Event UCL19/06/2013
Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh weekend22/06/2013
Year 12 UCAS prep week24/06/2013
Post 16 HOD interviews24/06/2013