EHT News – 7th September 2018

Sep 22
2018

Dear all,

The first week of the 2018-19 academic year is behind us already! Monday and Tuesday were staff training days, and our students arrived on Wednesday morning looking ready to learn! A huge thank you to parents and carers for ensuring that our uniform policy has been followed – if you require any assistance on what is and isn’t compliant, please don’t hesitate to check the guidelines on the website, or to get in touch with us.

The students across all year groups have been outstanding this week, conducting themselves with

It’s always great to start the new year on the back of good news, and we were able to do so again this year with another excellent set of exam results across all key stages.

We said a brief “hello” to our year 13 students on A-Level results day, followed by “goodbye and good luck” as they all achieved the grades necessary for them to go on to their chosen university, apprenticeship or employment.

Our GCSE results were the best that JCSC has ever recorded, and is the perfect reward for all the hard work and effort that was put in by staff and students, working together. 55% of our students passed both English and maths at grade 4 and above [the old A*-C benchmark], with 53% achieving 5 or more GCSE passes at grade 4 and above, including English and maths. Initial progress figures will be released later this term, but initial calculations indicate that we expect to show a positive score, indicating that our students made more than expected progress across all their subjects.

There were some outstanding individual performances at GCSE, with students achieving the new top grade 9 in English language, English literature, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, art, geography and philosophy & ethics. In the few subjects still using old GCSE grades or vocational awards, there were top A* grades in DT, and Distinction* grades in ICT and Sport.

Our new year 12 cohort is the largest we’ve seen for quite some time, and they started their week with EPQ work before getting into their new A-level or vocational courses. It’s great to see so many of them return, and some new faces arrive. By the end of the enrolment process we hope to have over 100 students in our sixth form, which will be the most we’ve had for some years.

We’ve made some significant changes to the structure and content of the school day for all our students this academic year:

  • There is no registration period – lesson 1 begins at 8.50am each day
  • There are 5 lessons per day, each lasting 1 hour
  • ‘Interact’ takes place before lunch and combines tutor time during which planners are checked and signed, assembly time and various other activities across the week
  • The day finishes for both sites at 3.10pm

We have also welcomed new members of teaching staff, who many of the children have already met this week:

  • Mrs Alcock has joined us as second in English;
  • Mr Carter has joined us as second in Science;
  • Miss Boe is now a permanent addition to the primary team, and Mrs Stuart has joined us until Christmas at least – both are teaching in year 5;
  • Mrs Yuill and Miss Scrimgeour have joined our Art & Design department;
  • Miss Kane has joined the English department
  • Mrs Davison becomes a permanent member of the maths department, alongside Miss Clegg who is teaching all year 7 students;
  • Mr Watson has joined the PE department;

 

Our new members of staff will be available for you to meet, alongside some more established faces at our Open Evening on Thursday 20thSeptember, which is aimed predominantly at parents of Y4 students. More details will be available via our website and social media feeds.

Can I ask all parents and carers to impress upon their children the importance of attending regularly and punctually, and that the uniform policy is adhered to.

I am confident that this academic year will be the best ever at JCSC and I will update you regularly on our progress and events.

Best wishes,

Neil Rodgers

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