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Exam results 2016
Once again I am delighted to share with you the successes we have experienced with our pubic examinations results at Key Stage 4 and 5.
Our Year 11 cohort of 2016 excelled themselves by achieving 64% 5 A* - C grades, including English and Maths. The new government measure called Progress 8 was +0.43, which means that the value we added to the children’s results amounts to ½ a GCSE grade higher than expected. That puts us as one of the top performing schools nationally for progress.
82% of students made expected levels of progress in English and 76% made expected progress in Maths; these are superb results and we are thrilled to be able to share them with you.
This is a good school; we live out our motto ‘To care, to learn, to achieve’ every day and the young people who achieved so much success in July 2016 will have experienced that in their daily lives.
Worthy of mention are the young people who achieved a staggering 43 A* / A grades at GCSE; well done to Tife Shree, Akosua, Osa and Daryll.
Many others have also done well and are now making the decision to go to study at Post 16 level.
Please encourage your child to study hard and to spend time away from the mobile phone or the Xbox or whatever gadget they are in love with at the moment; there is no short cut to success – hard work and effort are key.
Hard work and commitment to revision are the deciding factors in achieving success like this. Those results have transformed the young people’s lives
Post 16 results
We are also overjoyed to declare our Post 16 results showing significant rises in AS, BTEC and A2 examinations across the board.
Results at all levels show a marked increase on last year’s results at Post 16 level.
100% pass rate at A2; including a 7% rise in A* - A grades from last year.
A* - B grades have risen to 33%.
A* - C grades are also up with 72% of students achieving at this level, an astounding rise of 23% on 2015.
These excellent results are down to first-rate focused teaching, ensuring students are on the right courses and dedication and commitment from a great team of students and teachers.
We are all very proud of our students and wish them well on the next stage of their journey.
Twins Raheel and Adeel Butt achieved an impressive 8 A2 examinations between them, including 2 A*, 3 A, 2 B and 1 C grade; both boys have secured places at Russell Group Universities to study Mechanical Engineering.
For particular mention at AS Level are James Counter and Emily Walsh who achieved 2 A grades and will take further A2 examinations in 2017. Maxine Alleyne Pacheco achieved an A and a B and is doing A2 courses in English and Sociology.
The mobile phone policy at this school has been changed; no student should have a mobile phone switched on or in use when on the school premises. That means the phone must be turned off at the gate and is not allowed to be on again until the child has left the premises. Please support us in enforcing this; mobile phones, when used sensibly are great, sometimes they are used inappropriately by young people so the best way to tackle the issue is to insist that they are switched off and not used for the entire time they are on school premises. The policy is printed below and is in your child’s Planner.
The use of mobile phones during the school day at Thomas More Catholic School is strictly forbidden; this includes break time, lunch time - while on the premises at any time.
Malachi Boakye-Yiadom, a Year 10 student, has been selected as an elite basketball player to represent the London region at Basketball England for U15 boys in Manchester later this month. This is the best news for such a talented player.
We wish him well.
Please remember to top up your child’s meal account in advance; the payment can take a few days to go through the system and, though we never allow a child to go without food, we cannot allow a child to build up a debt.
No fizzy drinks are sold in our canteen and no fizzy drinks are allowed in school.
Also, if your child is bring a packed lunch, please note that this should come from home. We do not allow children to eat ready meals purchased at local shops. We have an excellent canteen offering a variety of wholesome, healthy foods each day. If children are left to buy their own food, they do not always make the most sensible choices.
Sandwiches or snacks made at home are more likely to be much more nutritious.
The uniform list is clear and simple; it is printed in the school planner and on our website. Please ensure it is read carefully. Hairstyle is regarded as uniform and last week, unfortunately, I had to send a number of children home because they had dyed their hair or were sporting a style that is inappropriate for school.
Remember a school is a place of learning, not a fashion parade – we expect the highest standards of work, attitude, behaviour and appearance from all our students.
It makes your life easier, too, if the rules about uniform are kept. Any changes will be made to you in writing so, unless you receive a letter from me detailing a change, there is no change, no matter what your child says.
As parents, you are the first educators of your children. Let us continue at school the work you have started at home, and let us work alongside each other as partners in this process for the good of your children.
With every good wish for a successful and happy year ahead.
Ms M Mulchrone