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St Katherine’s School delighted with GCSE results

St Katherine’s students have risen to the challenge of the new, tougher exams with 64% of students achieving English and Maths GCSE grades 9-4 including a number of students achieving the new Grade 9 in English and/or Maths.  39% of students achieved 9-5 grades in English and Maths with 12% attaining a Grade 7 or higher.

A strong series of A*-A success in several subjects – philosophy and belief (43%), statistics (38%), drama (38%), history 34%, Spanish (33%), geography (33%), biology (32%), and French and physics (both 31%) – showcases excellent standards across the school.

St Katherine’s strong vocational curriculum is reflected with many D*-D grades awarded in performing arts (64%), sport (57%) and hospitality (51%).

Justin Humphreys, Head of School said “These fantastic results are a credit to this year group who, in spite of a more challenging curriculum and different assessment format, have coped admirably.  Their dedication and hard work and support from our committed staff has delivered some great results. 

Often the headlines and statistics do not do justice to the achievements of individuals who have overcome challenges with grit and determination.  I am proud of each and every one and wish all our wonderful young people every success as they take their next steps.”

Record-breaking Results For St Katherine’s Sixth Form

Sixth form students at St Katherine’s School are celebrating a record-breaking set of exam results.   The number of students achieving A*-B grades at A level jumped to 49%, an all-time high, with 78% of students achieving A*-C grades, another school record.  The overall pass rate was 98%.

Coupled with students achieving Distinction grade or above in vocational subjects, 57% achieved A*-B grades or equivalent with four in every five grades awarded to students at Distinction* or Distinction. St Katherine’s continues to deliver excellent outcomes across academic, vocational and apprenticeship pathways for all students.

These excellent results enable the Year 13 students to move on to their chosen pathway with the majority of students securing first choice university destination, including Russell Group universities. A number of students have successfully secured higher level apprenticeships, starting their careers immediately with a number of employers across the South West, including Network Rail and North Somerset Council.

Yusuf Ibrahim, Head of Sixth Form at St Katherine’s said: “We are extremely proud of all our students who have worked incredibly hard and achieved record-breaking results. There have been many exceptional performances which are testament to the dedication and perseverance shown by our students, as well as teachers and parents.

“These results have opened doors for our Year 13’s and they now successfully move onto university, apprenticeships and employment.”

Justin Humphreys, Head of School, added: “These excellent results reflect the hard work and determination of students and their teachers and I would like to congratulate them all.

“I am delighted to see that students have performed exceptionally well across academic and vocational subjects, and are being rewarded for their commitment and dedication over the past two years.

“As Year 13 leave our school community, we wish them all the very best for successful futures in their chosen pathway.”

What Are Academies?

We understand that with all the different guidance available, it can be a little confusing if you’re unfamiliar with academies and academisation.

We believe that academies are an exciting opportunity for schools and all their students. They offer more opportunities to work together to bring about school improvement and better outcomes for students at all phases of education.

So, why is an academy different?

Whereas in the past all state schools came under the control of the local education authority, an academy is a school that is funded directly by central government, and is therefore independent of the local authority (LA).

This independence grants academies more power to run the school how they see fit – which is a great opportunity for schools whose needs aren’t being met by the LA. This includes deciding term times, the length of the school day, the ability to develop their own curriculum and to prioritise where to spend their money. Ultimately being an academy means more flexibility and autonomy.

The majority of academies are part of multi-academy trusts (MATs), like Inspirational Futures Trust (IFT). These trusts provide support and advice for academies, including expertise in specialist areas, such as budgeting.

Won’t my child’s school lose its identity in a MAT?

Absolutely not, especially not as part of IFT. Each academy that is part of our Trust still maintains its individuality, having its own headteacher and governing board.

Ultimately, a lot of the power still remains with the school, more so than schools under LA control. The role of the MAT is providing their expertise to each individual academy based on their needs and aims.

Having multiple academies under one trust provides a unique opportunity to also receive advice from other academies and share successes.

We celebrate the individuality of all our academies and want them to achieve outstanding, so we are here to support them in any way that they need.

Ground breaking Arkwright Scholarship success for students at St Katherine’s School

St Katherine’s School are celebrating the ground breaking achievements of four year 12 students who have been awarded the prestigious Arkwright Scholarship. David Oyns, the regional liaison officer for the Arkwright movement commented that St Katherine’s School is the first non selective school to enjoy this level of success in the South West during his time in the role.

Peter Blake, William Chinn, Isak Lowe and Remi Khalif have done tremendously well to secure these awards. The Arkwright Scholarships Trust is a registered charity that administers the most prestigious scholarship scheme of its type in the UK.  Oliver Bennett also got to the final interview round.

The Trust identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in Engineering, Computing and technical Design. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are awarded through a rigorous selection process, to high-calibre students in year 11 across the UK. These Engineering Scholarships support students through their sixth form studies  and encourage students to pursue Engineering, Computing or technical Design at university or through a higher-level apprenticeship and to take up careers in the field.

Every Scholarship is sponsored by industrial companies, universities, charitable trusts, trade associations, professional engineering institutions, the Armed Services, Worshipful Companies, industry regulators or personal donors.

Well done to these fantastic young men who are a credit to St Katherine’s School.

D of E 60th Anniversary Celebrations

Monday 16th May Christopher Sammons Headteacher and Mike Parsons D of E Programme Manager, attended the Duke of Edinburgh 60th Anniversary Celebrations at Buckingham Palace.  St Katherine’s School was invited to attend by the Duke of Edinburgh as it is a D of E ‘directly licensed centre’.

More than 1,000 young people were presented with their awards by around 60 celebrities including Anna Friel, Ben Cohen and Ronan Keating alongside Prince Philip and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Mr Sammons and Mr Parsons had tea at Buckingham Palace and met the Duke of Edinburgh who was appreciative of the hard work that has been invested in the scheme and were given a plaque by BBC’s Naga Munchetty.

Ashya is our champion!

Huge congratulations to Ashya Gray from Year 8 who won bronze for his long jump at the Sportshall UK Championship held in Manchester on April 16th.

Ashya jumped an astounding 2m 56cm and equalled the silver medal distance but was awarded bronze based on countback.  Ashya is the third best indoor long jumper in the whole of the UK in his age category.

This is a phenomenal individual achievement for a hugely talented athlete, well done Ashya!

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