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Issue No. 110 - 30th August 2006
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Record GCSE Results at John Kyrle High School and Sixth Form Centre

A record 65% of student GCSE entries gained headline 5+ A*-C grades with an increase in the overall pass rate to 97% at John Kyrle High School and Sixth Form Centre. Over half of the higher grade GCSEs included Maths and English with 74% of grades at C or above.

This completes an outstanding summer for the school. The DfES designation of John Kyrle as a High Performing Specialist College has been more than borne out with record results in SATs, A Level and now GCSEs.

Headteacher Nigel Griffiths said he was delighted for students, parents, staff and governors all of whom had worked very hard to gain these results. He was especially pleased with the performance of the school's identified high performing students and that of boys overall. Whilst girls' high scores continue to exceed those of others nationally and in similar schools, boys have closed the gap and are now only just behind in A*-C grades.

Continued . . .

Very happy with their results: Liz Nicholls, Steph Vinall, Maria Taylor and Timothy Alston. DSC_4831

Victoria Handley, Josh Smith and Nicola Burton. DSC_4841

Mr Griffiths said, 'Highly qualified and hugely committed staff support the school's relentless pursuit of high performance and this has allowed us, once again, to improve upon our previous best. Headline results are very pleasing and the school will once again be in the top performing 20% of schools nationally based upon value added scores. I am sure that parents of Year 11 students would confirm our view that close partnership with home is a key factor in our continued success.'

Assistant Headteacher, Rob Wallace, said that the results augured well for the large number of students returning to John Kyrle's Sixth Form.

A number of John Kyrle students are worthy of individual praise. These include Le Jin who joined the school from Hong Kong two years ago having English as a second language to his native Cantonese. Jin gained 2 As, 1 B and 6 Cs; Maria Taylor 9 A* - As and 4 Bs; Liz Nichols 8 A* - As and 5 Bs; Josh Smith 10 A - A*, and 2 Bs; Tim Alston 11 A* - As and 1 B; Stephanie Vinall 12 A* - As and 1 B; Dean Webley 12A* - As and 3 Bs; Rachel Mace 12 A* - A and 2 Bs; Vicky Handley 9 A* - A and 2 Bs and Rosie Turner 9 A* - As and 2 Bs.

Dan Robinson gained 9 A* - A, 4 Bs and a C whist training for and representing the UK at fencing in an international tournament in Korea.

Phinn Parsons who gained 10 GCSE passes took his GCSEs whist auditioning for X-Factor having already won the John Kyrle version.

Opening the results: Timothy Alston. DSC_4819

Maria Taylor. DSC_4822

Steph Vinall. DSC_4825

Luke Mayo and Liz Nicholls. DSC_4828

Katherine Hennesy with proud mum, Anne. DSC_4835

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