Principal’s Message – Dear Parents/Guardians,
2014 GCSE Examination Results Update
I thought I would share with you a recent statement from the DfE regarding comparisons of 2014 GCSE examination results with those of previous years:
“The changes that have been implemented in 2013/14 have had an impact across all types of schools and it means that it is not possible to make direct comparisons between 2013/14 results and earlier years.”
The DfE have also released information relating to pupil performance nationally at GCSE in summer 2014 and I am delighted to say that Desborough boys’ achievements compare very favourably with boys nationally in all performance measures:
· 56.82% of Desborough boys achieved 5A*-C including English and Maths whereas nationally the figure was 47.3%.
· 65.91% of Desborough boys achieved A*-C in both English and Maths. Nationally this figure was 50%.
· 74.6% of Desborough boys made Expected Progress in English whereas nationally the figure was only 66.7%.
· 76.19% of Desborough boys made Expected Progress in Maths. Nationally the figure was only 64.5%.
· 25% of Desborough boys achieved the English Baccalaureate whereas nationally the figure was 17.9%.
Although I am far from satisfied with the examination outcomes of Desborough students in all subjects I think that you will agree that our performance demonstrates a rapid improvement and underlines our determination to become outstanding in the next year or two.
The staff here are already putting in place additional lessons after school and during the holidays to support Year 10 and Year 11 boys through this crucial run-up period to their GCSE examinations and I am confident that their tremendous efforts will be reflected in improved outcomes for the boys next summer.
Year 6 Parents
I have been astonished by the interest shown in Desborough by parents of Year 6 boys wanting to know more about the type of education that we deliver. Since our Open Evening I have accompanied over 70 families on tours of the school and, although the deadline has passed for parents to make their preferences, I am still being contacted by parents wanting to know more about us. Quite clearly our recent Ofsted inspection (the report is available elsewhere on the website) and the response of parents on Parentview to Ofsted’s parental survey, together with improved examination results at every key stage has stimulated a curiosity about Desborough and the many benefits of an all-boys education.
We have had a busy start to the new term with much to look forward to over the coming weeks, including Presentation Evening, Parents’ Evenings, the Christmas carol Concert, a fascinating Sixth Form lecture programme, a number of trips, drama productions and the “big match” against Claire’s Court, our great rivals. Exciting times!
Many thanks as ever for your tremendous support and encouragement.