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24th August 2017
We will admit to having been a little more nervous than usual in the run up to results day this year. Whilst things in school had felt good and we were pretty confident we would do very well, this was the first cohort to sit the new GCSE courses in English and Maths and, with all the uncertainties that come with such big changes, there was definitely tension in the air.
In the event, we did not need to worry at all. The results are exceptionally strong, especially in English and Maths, and we are absolutely delighted.
The new grading structure makes direct comparisons with previous years difficult, but we can be fairly sure of a few key points – and certainly of the general pattern.
Grade 4 is intended to reflect an ‘old’ Grade C. This means that we can make a direct comparison on the key measure of what the government calls the ‘basics’ measure. On this, we saw a fabulous 82% of students gaining 4+ (i.e. A*-C) in English and Maths. This is 5% higher than last year and the best the school has seen for many years – if not ever.
The government is keen to make the number of students gaining 5+ grades in English and Maths a key measure. Direct comparisons with previous years here are impossible (a grade 5 roughly equates to the top third of the old C grade and the bottom third of a B grade). However, we are similarly delighted to be able to report that 65% of students gained 5+ grades in English and Maths and we will be surprised if many schools in the country better this.
At the top end, we are also saw excellent results again, with 27% of students gaining an impressive five or more A* or A grades (n.b. the new grade 7 is a direct equivalent of the ‘old’ A grade). 61% of students managed to get at least one A* or A grade and a grand total of forty seven students (16%) gained at least eight A*/A grades.
There are so many individual success stories at all levels – and far too many to list here – but we would especially like to celebrate those who achieved a remarkable five A* grades (or grade 8/9 in English and Maths). Their names are below and we take our hats off to them:
Dylan Boston, Jessica Baillie, Jordan Bushnell, Joel Davies, Phoebe Day, Elliot Down, Charlotte Ensor, Eloise Fairhurst, Lauren Gandy, Rebecca Hamer, Elisha Henry, Luke Hodgkinson, Adam Hoskinson, Sian John, Nicholas Jaini, Ben Jeffery, Joe Johnson, Alice Lohan Ganley, Patrick McCahery, Christopher Mundy, Isobel Reader, Robert Reid, Olivia Shackley, Brooke Shay, Mathilde Tavernier, Hannah Walsh and Jake Wernham.
Outside of English and Maths, we can also report strong results. For example, at least 75% of students gained A*-C grades in: Art, Biology, Catering, Chemistry, Dance, History, Geography, German, Graphics, Music, Spanish, Statistics, PE, Photography, Psychology, Physics, Textiles.
All in all, it has been a wonderful day. Watching students opening envelopes and seeing their faces as it dawns on them how well they have done is one of the best bits of the job and, from a headteacher’s perspective, it is just as rewarding to see the looks of pride on the teachers’ faces.
Really well done to everyone involved; I know how hard people have worked and it is lovely to see so many students doing so well and the school continuing to make such big strides forward.
Lymm High School celebrates excellent A’ level results
Students and staff at Lymm High School are celebrating, following another excellent set of A’ level results.
33% of all A’ levels were graded at A*/A, with 59% A*-B grades and 85% A*-C. The overall pass rate was over 99%.
Headteacher, Gwyn Williams said:
“We are delighted with these results. Last year’s were strong, but the headline figures this year are a good deal higher and, in fact, are the best the school has achieved since at least 2011.
“Most of the exams taken were under the new, reformed A’ level specifications, which are significantly tougher than previous years, and so to be able to post results like this is especially pleasing. Students and staff knew that they would have to work harder than ever to succeed in these new courses and I cannot praise them highly enough for their response to the challenges they faced.”
Five high flying students achieved A* grades in all of the subjects they studied: Francesca Brown, Aoife Davenport, Fan Grayson, Sarah McGrail and Victoria Ramsbottom. There were 16 students who gained at least two A* grades and a total of 26 students who gained straight A* or A grades.
Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Hayley Jennings, said:
“It is incredible to see the students getting the rewards for all their hard work over the past couple of years. The vast majority are now off to study at their first choice university, but many others have also been successful in securing high quality apprenticeships, training or jobs. They are such a great group of young people and I want to wish them all the very best as they head off to start the next chapter in their lives.”
Lymm High School students have built a giant paper chain rainbow to raise awareness of LGBT issues.
Year 13 students in the school have a clear passion for raising awareness of LGBT issues and through our school leadership team, they met with Rachel Williams from the Proud Trust to discuss potential projects. The rainbow paper chain idea was eventually selected as it seemed most fitting to allow whole school participation and appropriate awareness of LGBT issues.
During week commencing the 8th May 2017, students throughout the school received a workshop delivered by sixth form students and a Hall assembly, all of which focussed on raising awareness of LGBT issues and remembered Gilbert Baker the founder of the LGBT flag. Students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions, which were informative and promoted inclusivity within our school community. We chose Wednesday 17th May IDAHOBIT (International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia) to officially open our rainbow, and we are incredibly proud of the results!
We hope that the rainbow will give us all a chance to stop and consider the work that we all need to do for everyone’s identities and lives to be valued and celebrated.
Gwyn Williams Headteacher ‘I am really proud of the students who have organised this important initiative and it typifies the notion of social responsibility that we are so keen to promote.
‘In addition to the other activities, all staff are being encouraged to ‘wear something pink’ today as a further means of demonstrating our respect and support for all members of our school community.’
Hayley Jennings Head of Sixth Form ‘It has been a real privilege to work with students who are so passionate about raising important issues, and bringing together the entire school community in the creation of this rainbow has felt particularly powerful. We continue to promote inclusivity within our school community and seeing staff and students embrace this project and everything it stands for is further testament to the wonderful students of Lymm High School.’
Lymm High has been selected to participate in Rainbow Flag training: we are pleased and proud to be one of the schools nationally to be selected and are very much looking forward to taking part in the training next year and working towards gaining this prestigious award.