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GREAT YEAR FOR THE JOHN KYRLE HIGH SCHOOL
Staff and students of the John Kyrle High School enjoyed
a very successful year during the last academic period with
outstanding A level, (100% pass rate) AS Level and GCSE
results. Under the leadership of Head Teacher, Nigel Griffiths,
the school now enjoys Academy status, offering the very
best service to local students.
is always something happening at JKHS, whether it is a new
musical or stage production such as the fabulous 'We Will
Rock You,' a concert by the talented young musicians or
an exhibition displaying the skills of students studying
Art and Design Technology under the guidance of excellent
tutors. There is also a Community Learning Centre at the
school offering a range of courses, from digital photography
to guitar for beginners.
shall be attending the JKHS Prize giving evening on Thursday,
when many students will be rewarded for their hard work
and am proud to be associated with the school. Long may
their success continue.
THE JOHN KYRLE HIGH SCHOOL - A STAR ACADEMY
grades are a major feature in a record A Level year at John
Kyrle and confirm the school's pre-eminent role as the provider
of the highest quality Sixth Form education in the region.
The school's largest ever entry saw a 100% pass rate at
A Level, together with 60% A* to B grades and 87% at A*
to C with success across all subject areas. Departments
with over 75% A* - B grades include Maths, Chemistry, French,
Spanish, Music, Biology, 3-D Art, Sociology and Product
student successes include Head Girl, Maddy Maloney, who
will read English and Drama at Warwick; Head Boy, Alex Baker,
to read Law at Plymouth; Deputy Head Girl, Hannah Kearns,
to read Veterinary Science at Bristol; Dan Cox to read Engineering
at Christ's College, Cambridge; Megan Godden to read Veterinary
Science at Nottingham; Nick Bricknell to read Natural Science
at Selwyn College, Cambridge; Peter Lamb to read Actuarial
Mathematics at Leeds; Eleanor Gibson-Forty to read Biology
at Cardiff; Matthew Henshall to read Mathematics at Warwick
and Beth Hill to read Biology at Nottingham.
school was able to celebrate its continued excellence as
a Modern Language Specialist College with huge success:
Rowan Lyster will read Linguistics at Somerville College,
Oxford; Jack Giles will read Spanish and Politics at Swansea;
Clare Symonds will read Modern Languages at Sheffield; Suzanna
Taylor will read Hispanic Studies at Kings, London and Adam
Walding will read Modern Languages at Exeter.
Nigel Griffiths, praised his students and their parents,
staff and governors, saying he was delighted with the continued
excellent results, which are the school's first as a New
Style Academy. He said, 'This success has been achieved
with a continued sharp focus upon traditional academic 'A'
Levels, without General Studies. Students' successes have
allowed them to access university courses across the UK
for this September at a time when pressure on university
entrants is at an all-time high.
addition to our own students' successes, I am especially
pleased to see excellent achievements from students who
continue to join us in the Sixth Form from other schools
across Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.
These results have embedded Ofsted's grading of 'Outstanding'
and have seen us gain a dividend in our role as Herefordshire's
first High Performing Multi-Specialist School. Last year
we were in the top 10-15% of schools and colleges as judged
by Value Added scores and this year should see us move even
higher up this particular table. I am, as ever, ambitious
for continued improvements in years to come.'
Wallace, Head of Sixth Form, identified the key drivers
for this sustained success. He said, '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 these further confirm the strength of
John Kyrle's Sixth Form experience.'
Nigel Griffiths, Headteacher with A Level Students Dan Cox, Nick
Bracknell, Matthew Henshall, Adam Wilding, Jack Giles, Rob Wallace,
Head of Sixth Form,
Maddy Maloney, Head Girl, Hannah Kearns, Rowan Lyster and Megan
HIGHER GRADES FEATURE IN JKHS GCSE
almost thirty per cent of students gaining 5 or more A*-A
grades and 40% gaining 3 or more of the top grades, there
was much to celebrate for John Kyrle’s Year 11 students.
The school had over 60% of students gaining A*-C grades
in English and Maths and a record 76% achieving A*- C passes.
successes included Mark Alston with 9 A*s and 2As passes;
Eddie Gill with 9 A*s and 1 A; Phoebe Mills with 8 A*s and
3As; Rebecca Ralphs with 8 A*s and 3As; Natasha Scowen with
8A*s and 2As; Tania La Gambina with 8A*s and 2As; George
Gooch with 6A*s and 3As and Hannah Fishwick with 4A*s and
5 As. Also, Ben Ray, Herefordshire’s Young Poet Laureate,
gained 8 A* and 2 A grades including, as expected, A* grades
in both English Language and Literature.
Griffiths, Headteacher, said he was particularly pleased
with the progress made by the school’s more able cohort
and the fact that, although girls outperformed boys, the
gender gap had narrowed even with unusually far more boys
in the year group. He said that the school continued to
enter students for traditional GCSE courses with little
reliance upon so called equivalent qualifications and this
would be recognised in the government’s performance tables
to be published in the new academic year.
Griffiths said, 'In addition to praising our students, I
want to pay special credit to their families for all the
support they continue to show both their sons and daughters
and the school. Our positive partnership with families is
a cornerstone of the school’s continued success.'
Head Teacher, Nigel Griffiths with some very happy students who
are looking forward to continuing their studies.
These two young men were very pleased with their GCSE results.
A NEW YEAR BEGINS AT JOHN KYRLE HIGH SCHOOL
Kyrle High School last week admitted over 200 new Year 7
students from primary schools across the county as well
as 150 students into the Sixth Form which included former
Year 11 students from John Kyrle and other schools in Herefordshire,
Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.
Griffiths, Head Teacher, said, 'We had a very pleasing set
of examination results in the summer and welcoming such
bright, confident and polite students is a fantastic way
to begin our first full year as a New Academy. In addition
to greeting new students we have 10 new members of staff
joining us and have almost completed the modernisation of
the Sports Hall in preparation for further building work
in the future.
and staff have returned to school in a very positive manner
and this promises to be yet another exciting and successful
year at John Kyrle.'
Headteacher, Nigel Griffiths, with Year Head, Kristian Philliips
welcome Year 7 pupils to the John Kyrle High School,