New head has higher hopes

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Kirton Middlecott School’s new headteacher, Julia Garwood, comes from an RAF background and already has plans to make students there high fliers.

Six weeks in the job she is delighted 95 per cent of students achieved 5 GCSE results at A* - G.

The percentage of students achieving five or more passes at grade C or better, including mathematics and English, was 38 per cent.

Ms Garwood said: “It’s a fantastic accomplishment and compares very favourably with the national average.

“The on-going improvements in the school has allowed this year’s results to equal last year’s performance.

“All credit to the students for their endeavours and to the staff for their hard work.

“Success is contagious and the school fully intends to keep up the momentum of change, rigour and improvement.

“We will keep pursuing improvement, aiming for even higher results next year.”

Star student Kieren Michie is engineering a back-up plan for his future.

Kieren (16) of Holland Fen gained a distinction in his engineering GCSE, which means he has an alternative choice of options for future careers.

He said: “I wanted to be a fitness coach but now I have got the grades to do electronics.

“It’s something that can be a back-up”.

High achievers include Jade Bell, with four A*s and three As, Natasha Berg with four A*s, one A and three Bs, Lauren Harvey with 4 A*s, two As and three Bs, and Josh Smith with 4A*s, one A and three Bs, Brodie Bonsor with two A*s, three As and two Bs.

Year 8 student David Norton (13) got a C in mathematics. Other A* students include Joe Kidby, Ryan Lawson, Demi Loughran, Katy Tointon, Joe Wakefield, Chantel Watson, Harry Woods and Luke Wright.