The publication of today’s GCSE results sees Highfields School’s class of 2012 celebrating a big improvement in results.
Overall the gold standard five A*-C including English and maths has risen to 70%, a 7% increase on last year. Headteacher Eddie Wilkes said: “These results represent the outcome of a great deal of hard work by staff and students, led by head of year 11 Jill Rickels, who has done a great job of keeping us all going.
“At the top end it is great to see youngsters achieving as many as 10 A* grades. It is also pleasing to know we are meeting the needs of our students across the ability range as we look to ensure we have given them the best possible start.”
The improved results come at the end of an academic year which started with the school being given ‘notice to improve’ by Ofsted, based primarily on the need to boost GCSE achievement.
The intervening months have seen the school community pulling together to address the issues raised in September 2012.
Chair of governors Atholl Donaldson said: “This has been a challenging time for our school and we are pleased that we are clearly able to demonstrate a step change in achievement at the end of year 11.
“We recognise that under the leadership of Eddie Wilkes staff and students have worked incredibly hard to take us forward, and we rightly celebrate these results.
“There will not, however, be any complacency, as we look for even more improvement in the coming years.”