GCSE shoots of recovery at Sir John Gleed School

There are more signs that students and staff at Sir John Gleed School, Spalding, are committed to the task of raising standards after some promising GCSE results.

Overall, the school has seen its performance improve for the first time since it went to joint status three years ago with a two per cent rise in the pass rate, up from 31 per cent to 33 per cent,

This was helped by a 20 per cent jump in the number of students getting C grades or better in English, to 60 per cent, and an even stronger showing in vocational courses, such as BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) for which the school had a 100 per cent pass rate.

Liam Thirkell of Spalding collected two BTEC distinctions in performing arts and sport, along with two As in English literature and religious studies, to open the way for him to study sport at Peterborough Regional College.

“I’m very happy because I did a lot of hard word and hopefully my parents will be very proud,” Liam said.

“I wasn’t too nervous before the results came out and a lot more chilled out which helps because it means that you’re not too anxious about it.”

Lian Thirkell who achieved BTEC distinctions in performing arts and sport at Sir John Gleed School, Spalding.

Lian Thirkell who achieved BTEC distinctions in performing arts and sport at Sir John Gleed School, Spalding.

Monika Watras of Spalding, who achieved three As in art and design, Polish and religious studies, said: “I’m quite happy with all of my results, especially getting an A in art because as that was one of my main subjects.”

Emily Clayton of Pinchbeck matched Monika with three As in food technology, English and religious studies, as well as six Bs and two Cs.

“In the past week, everyone has been fretting about today but now it’s alright.”

Head of academy Will Scott said: “There has been a slight improvement in our results which we are really pleased with and our English results are excellent, with progress above the national average which we are very proud of.

I’m very happy because I did a lot of hard word and hopefully my parents will be very proud

Liam Thirkell of Spalding

“There were some fantastic individual students with some brilliant GCSE results, with a number of students achieving the top grades in all their subjects.

“Our maths results were disappointing but I do think that nationally, lots of schools will be experiencing similar issues in maths, so we will look at that and continue to work hard.”

Executive principal Chris Mallaband added: “The school has made significant progress over the last year with the removal of special measures, while results in the sixth form continue to be excellent.

“There are now signs that results are back on the way up.”

Amelia Knight looks over her GCSE results with head of academy Will Scott.  Photo by Nicola Hall Rushton.

Amelia Knight looks over her GCSE results with head of academy Will Scott. Photo by Nicola Hall Rushton.

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