GCSE Results 2018 Update:
Matthew Arnold School in top 15% of schools nationally for progress
The comparative data for the 2018 GCSE results has now been published on the GOV.UK school performance tables. I am delighted to report that, based on the provisional results achieved by our students this summer, the overall progress made by the year group from KS2 to the end of KS4 is categorized in the tables as "well above average". Only 14% of schools nationally are in this top progress category.
In order to achieve such a high progress score, all students have to make excellent progress. Once again, I congratulate every student for their performance in the summer GCSE examinations and also thank the school's staff for the high quality of the teaching and support that they provide to all our students.
Worth Less? School Funding Campaign: an opportunity for parents 19th October 2018
School funding has been prominent recently in the news ahead of the Budget and the next Spending Review. Headteachers have come together to have their views about school funding heard through the Worth Less? campaign and there is now an opportunity for parents to have their voice heard too. The update linked here gives further details.
Mrs Katherine Ryan, Headteacher
GCSE Results 2018
The school is full of smiling faces today as students open their GCSE results envelope to find out what grades they have achieved. There has been jubilation, relief, pride and some disappointment. The months of hard work have paid off and our students are ready to take their next steps. Many students will start apprenticeships or vocational courses at our local FE colleges and most of the others will remain with us and continue on to A level study. Whatever the next step in each young person's life, I wish them all well.
Exam results are important but it is the life skills and values which students develop in their time with us that will make all the difference to how they cope in today’s continually evolving world. Many of the jobs that our students will go on to during their lives may not even exist yet, but if they are able to communicate, enquire, work in a team, be reflective and show resilience, I believe they already have an advantage.
As always, in marking the success of our students I want to recognise the enormous contribution that their teachers and tutors, as well as our support teams, have made in enabling their success. Parents, too, have a significant role to play in ensuring that their daughters and sons are prepared to cope with the challenges that life presents.
23 August 2018