These Bridges by Phoebe Eclair-Powell

When the Thames bursts its banks and submerges London, the north and the south of the city become separated.

Myths abound about ‘the other side’. Is it really better? Four sets of teenagers ignore the risks of the treacherous crossing to find out whether the other side is all it’s cracked up to be.

These Bridges looks at a fearful future and seeks to show that if we stick together, we may just survive it all.

Part of National Theatre Connections, Lymm High school students return to the stage following their production of The Snow Dragons last year.

 

Above & Beyond

Is there a member of staff who you or your child has been especially impressed by, for whatever reason? If so, please let us know!

A word of praise or thanks is always hugely appreciated and, when this comes from parents, it is especially powerful in helping to keep colleagues going through the more challenging days.

Over the next couple of weeks, we are making a particular effort to thank those staff who regularly go ‘above and beyond’ and would be really grateful if as many of you as possible could just drop a short email to hheadon@lymmhigh.org.uk letting us know who you would like to single out, and why.

We really don’t need a long email – just one or two sentences is more than enough to put a smile on the relevant faces.

Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Mr Williams

Headteacher

 

DfE Official Examination Results & League Table

The Department for Education published the official examination results for 2017 on 25th January. This again confirmed how well we did last summer and how much progress we have made over the last couple of years. As far as GCSE results are concerned, the Warrington league table shows that we were the highest performing school in terms of the numbers of students gaining a ‘strong pass’ (i.e. Grade 5 or above) in both English and Maths: our score of 67% puts us in the top few percent of state schools in the country. On the only measure that can be reliably compared to previous years, the numbers gaining 9-4 grades (i.e. directly equivalent to the old A*-C) in English and Maths, our score of 83% was the best the school has ever achieved since GCSEs were introduced.

On the new Progress 8 measure, our score of 0.1 shows our students made at least the kind progress that would be expected for an able cohort such as we have at Lymm, and is a lot higher than it would have been at any time in the past few years. Please note that we urge caution when interpreting the Progress 8 scores; we refuse to follow many other schools in entering students for easy courses that would significantly inflate our P8 score but leave students with qualifications that are not valued by employers or further/higher education providers. Feedback so far suggests parents and carers support this principled approach and we hope this remains the case.

As far as A’ levels are concerned, we were the top performing school in Warrington for numbers gaining AAB grades in facilitating A’ level subjects: a remarkable 24.4% of our students achieved this benchmark. The second highest in Warrington was 10.7% and we cannot find a non-selective school anywhere near here that has a score as high as ours; indeed, many selective 6th forms – e.g. Urmston, Stretford and Loreto Grammar schools – actually have lower scores. Sir John Deane’s College scored 17.1%.

Our progress score was also significantly above average, placing us in the top 15% of the country for the second year running and we are the only post-16 provider in Warrington with a significantly above average score.

The government publishes a lot more data on school performance than it used to and it can all be rather complicated these days!

However, whichever way we look at all this data, it is a very positive story and is a real credit to the students and teachers involved: well done! again to all of them.

Kind Regards

Mr Williams

Headteacher

 

Parents Forum Postponed

Ofsted are coming in to visit school tomorrow. In light of this, we regret to inform you that our planned Parents Forum event will be postponed until further notice. We will set a new date as soon as possible and hope that you are able to attend.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Year 8 Parents Evening

Year 8 Parents evening takes place on Thursday 15th February. Your child has now received a letter with details of the evening.

Please could you sign the slip at the bottom of the letter and ask your child to return it to their form tutor by Thursday.

We look forward to seeing you there.