School League Tables – LHS Comes Top!

The official government league tables for 2016 were published this week and confirm what a strong set of results we achieved in the summer. In fact, on the key new headline measures being used by government to judge schools, we are the top performing school or college in Warrington for both GCSE and A Level.

This is especially pleasing given that the new measures focus on the progress students make rather than simply raw exam scores.

Our intake is well above average in terms of academic performance at primary level and so we should always do well in measures of raw attainment (such as the numbers of students getting 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths). However, the progress measures published today show that our students have made excellent progress even taking into account their high starting points.

Our progress score of 0.20 at A Level is especially strong and demonstrates that A Level students made tremendous progress compared to similar students in other providers nationally. The official data puts us in the top 16% of all A Level providers in the country – and a long way above any other nearby school or college. Similarly, at GCSE, our positive “Progress 8” score of 0.08 is the highest in Warrington and shows that our students have made more progress than would be expected nationally, taking into account their starting points.

We are confident results will continue to rise. At the same time, this is certainly a moment to step back and celebrate some excellent results and reflect on how far we have come over the last couple of years.

Congratulations to all involved!

 

Students Receive Their GCSE Mock Exam Results

On Monday, we held a Mock GCSE Results Day for Year 11, where students received an envelope containing their results from their December Mock exams.

Congratulations to all students who achieved their target grade in any of their subjects – a great position to be in at this stage and we have even raised some targets as a result. The overall picture looks positive although, as ever, there is a lot to play for over the next few months.

All students should be attending any revision sessions that are on offer to them. Some of these are targeted at certain students; others are ‘open invite’ or ‘drop-in’ – these will go onto the school website in the ‘Parent Communication’ section in a couple of weeks’ time.

Students should also have created their own revision timetable by now (a template will be on the parent communication pages) and scheduled what revision they are going to do on each day, along with any other commitments they may have.

Whilst it’s important that students continue with sport and social activities to maintain a balance, for many students these should be tailing off now as we begin the run in to exams.

As a general recommendation, students should be completing around two hours of homework/revision per night, with slightly more at the weekend.

If you have any concerns about your child’s progress please contact your child’s subject teacher; for any general concerns please contact

Mr T Scott (tscott@lymmhigh.org.uk).

 

Lymm Victory Over Coopers Coburn

We beat Cooper’s Company Coborn 16-0 last week to reach the semi-finals of the Under 15s NatWest Schools Plate Competition. Throughout the game, we gave a professional performance in testing conditions.

The first half of the match saw Lymm control the majority of the ball, with the game plan against our opponents being to ‘bore them to death’ and we were able to prevent Coopers Company Coburn from scoring.

During the second half Lymm were able to stay long enough in the opposition half to gain some kickable penalties. Student Alex Galloway then came off the bench and proceeded to score a 50m try, allowing Mr Pickles to try to claim the credit for a great substitution.

Well done to all our players in the U15’s; they did our school proud!

Year 11 Prom Update

The year 11 prom will be on Thursday 29th July at the Cresta Court Hotel in Altrincham.

Arrival is at 6:30pm with dinner starting at 7pm. The evening will finish at 10:30pm.

It promises to be a great end to the year following the hard work of the exams.

Recommended Texts Revision for GCSE Maths & English

(For first exams in summer 2017)

Maths

  • CGP GCSE Maths AQA Revision Guide for the Grade 9-1 course (Higher or Foundation) (available from Amazon for £5.77 (H) and £5.95 (F))
  • CGP GCSE Maths AQA Exam Practice Workbook for the Grade 9-1 course (Higher or Foundation) (includes answers) (available from Amazon for £5.95)
  • CGP GCSE Maths AQA Answers for Workbook – Higher – for the Grade 9-1 course (available from Amazon for £2)

[Please note for the Higher tier Workbook, the Answer Booklet must be purchased separately]

English Language

  • AQA GCSE English Language: Student Book 2: Assessment preparation for Paper 1 and Paper 2 (available from Amazon for £15.99)
  • AQA GCSE English Language targeting grades 6-9: Revision Workbook (available from Amazon for £5.99) OR
  • AQA GCSE English Language targeting grade 5: Revision Workbook (available from Amazon for £5.99) OR
  • CGP GCSE English Language AQA Workbook (recommended for grades 1-4) (available from Amazon for £5.95)

(If you choose to purchase one of these 3 guides, we recommend choosing the grade that matches your child’s target grade rather than their emerging grade)

English Literature

  • Oxford Literature Companions: The Sign of Four (available from Amazon for £8.99) OR
  • The Sign of Four: York Notes for GCSE (9-1) (available from Amazon for £5.99)
  • GCSE English Literature for AQA Macbeth Student Book (available from Amazon for £9.99) OR
  • Macbeth: York Notes for GCSE (9-1) (available from Amazon for £5.99)
  • GCSE English Literature for AQA An Inspector Calls Student Book (available from Amazon for £9.99) OR
  • An Inspector Calls: York Notes for GCSE (9-1) (available from Amazon for £4.79)
  • GCSE English Literature AQA Poetry Guide: Power & Conflict Anthology – for the Grade 9-1 course (available from Amazon for £5.77)
  • GCSE English Literature AQA Unseen Poetry Guide – for the Grade 9-1 course (available from Amazon for £5.71)

English Trip – The Tempest

Following a very high demand for tickets to see The Tempest at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool, we have managed to secure an additional 50 places on the trip. We would like to apologise for the way in which tickets were allocated initially (whereby some classes received letters before others and therefore gained an unfair advantage under the ‘first come, first served’ system). We simply hadn’t anticipated demand being so great and have changed our systems accordingly for future trips. To avoid the same issues this time, we will use a ballot system. If we have received more than 50 reply slips by Monday 23rd January, we will draw names at random to select those students able to go. A list of names will be displayed outside the English office and an item placed on ParentPay for those who have been successful by Friday 27th January. Letters will be handed out by tutors on Thursday 19th January, a copy of which can be downloaded by clicking HERE.