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Issue No. 109 - 23rd August 2006
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Outstanding A Level Successes at JKHS

Students and staff at John Kyrle are celebrating another set of outstanding A Level results. The school's biggest ever Year 13 had 51% of all entries scoring an A or B grade; 75% at A-C; an overall pass rate of 99% and a UCAS Average Points Score of 270. These results are all the more impressive when it is noted that they do not include General Studies.

The vast majority of departments had 100% pass rates with Product Design, Technology, Music, Drama, Sports Studies and Food Technology having their students gaining all top grades. At a time when the sciences are falling in popularity at other schools and colleges, Physics at John Kyrle was one of the most popular and best performing subjects with 85% of all entries at AC and a 100% pass rate.

Headteacher, Nigel Griffiths praised his staff and students and said he was delighted with the continued upward trajectory of results. 'Our biggest ever cohort with over 200 entries has seen students gain outstanding grades and accessing their first choice university courses across the UK. In addition to our own students' successes, I am especially pleased to see excellent achievements from students joining us from other schools across Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire. The increased investment in the school leading to the recently opened 1 million Sixth Form Centre has been money well spent. We were identified as a High Performing Specialist School by the DfES in the summer term and as these results confirm this judgement, I am, as ever, ambitious for even more improvements in years to come.'

Rob Wallace, Head of Sixth Form identified the key drivers for this continued success. He felt outstanding teaching with a relentless focus upon high standards, coupled with the individual care given to students and the school's close partnership with parents led to these excellent achievements. Students have also been widely involved in sport, music, drama and community service throughout their two years with us. Taken together this further confirmed the strength of John Kyrle's sixth form experience.


Students (not in order) Mark Wellstead, Helen Boughen, Simon Hill, Amanda Mitchell, Abi Howells, Lauren Preece, Christine Nicholls, Sarah Bethell, Sarah Ellis and Chris Mason happy with their A level results. DSC_4658

Helen Boughen and Duncan Alston. DSC_4667

A number of outstanding individual performances are listed below.

Student Will be attending
Results
Duncan Alston (Head Boy who in 2004 was the best performing GCSE Science student in the UK) Oxford University:Medicine Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Maths
A/S Geography
A
A
A
A
A
Simon Hill Bath: Maths Biology (AS)
Chemistry
Maths
Physics
Further Maths (AS)
A
A
A
A
A
Nicola Chesham Exeter: English English
Drama
Biology
Chemistry (AS)
A
A
B
C
Tom Jarman Edinburgh: Geology & Physical Geography Biology
Geography
Geology
Fine Art (AS)
A
A
A
C
Christine Nicholls Manchester Met: Physiotherapy Biology
Geography
Maths
Psychology
A
A
B
A
Laura Palmer Bristol University of the West of England :Psychology (next year) History
Psychology
PE (AS)
Biology
A
A
B
C
Lucy Powell Reading: Speech Therapy Psychology
History
Geography
Biology (AS)
A
A
A
D
Nicola Raine Loughborough:Sport Science & Mathematics PE
Psychology (AS)
Biology
Maths
A
B
A
A
Helen Stephens Newcastle:Geography Geography
Psychology
Physics
A
A
B
Mark Wellstead University of Leicester: Earth and Planetary Science Geography
Geology
Physics
Maths
A
A
A
A
James Windridge Birmingham:Mechanical Engineering PE
Physics
Maths
Biology (AS)
A
B
A
C


Duncan Alston with Tony Morris, Head of Maths recently awarded Lifetime Achievement in the Teacher of the Year awards.

Dave Bostico and Head Girl, Roberta Fisher, Head Girl, celebrate success as AS with 4 As and an A and 3 Bs respectively.

Head of Sixth Form, Rob Wallace with Nicky Chesham ( 2 As, B and C who will be reading English at Durham) Chris Mason, (A, B, 2 Cs) ) who will be reading Maths at Exeter) and Head Boy Duncan Alston, who with 4 A grades will be reading medicine at Oxford.

Relay Walk for Age Concern

Members of the Ross on Wye and District Age Concern have been busy collecting sponsorship for a very special walk they took part in on Monday, August 21st.

During the month of August staff and volunteers from the Age Concern organization and groups in Herefordshire and Worcestershire have been taking part in the Age Concern Roundabout Challenge to raise much needed funds. The relay type walk started at the main office in Worcester and groups have since travelled from one office to another throughout the two counties.

One of the walkers wore a special sash which was handed on to the next group and decorated with a ribbon from each group. All Age Concern groups across the two counties have been working hard to sign up sponsors who can help to raise their target of 600. Proceeds will help Age Concern groups carry out vital work with, and on behalf of older people.

A group from Age Concern Hereford arrived at Ross on Friday, August 18th. The walkers from Ross set off from their office for the twelve and a half miles walk to Age Concern, Ledbury at 8:00 am on Monday, August 21st. The Mayor of Ross, Phil Cutter and supporter, Maria Cudok were there to wave them off.

The walkers from Hereford to Ross were Daya Boodhoo, Lyndon Barrington and Jay Boodhoo. Those who walked from Ross to Ledbury were Janet MacDonald, the Chief Officer, Jean Wagstaff, the acting Chair of Age Concern, Debbie Griffiths and Lynne Drabble, two of the Trustees of Age Concern. Support on the day was provided by co-ordinator Alan Drabble.

For further information about the walk or to make a donation towards this cause, please contact Age Concern Ross-on-Wye on 01989 567165 or call into The Age Concern Information and Advice Centre at 18, Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye.

Age Concern Ross also currently needs volunteers to do small repair and maintenance jobs in the HR9 area. If you can help, please telephone the office.

In the photograph below, left to right are: Daya Boodhoo, Janet Macdonald, Chief Officer Age Concern, Ross, Lyndon Barrington, Brian Burrows, Jay Boodhoo, Mayor of Ross, Councillor Phil Cutter and Jean Wagstaff.


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