Students should be thrilled

Spalding Grammar A levels
Daniel Ilett, Kiirsty Buffham, Jake Fryett ANL-140814-115643001

Spalding Grammar A levels Daniel Ilett, Kiirsty Buffham, Jake Fryett ANL-140814-115643001

Spalding Grammar School’s headteacher Nigel Ryan believes his students should be extremely proud of their A-level results and already has an eye on the future.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of both the staff and pupils, the school performed above government estimates.

Mr Ryan said: “All the students should be extremely proud to be here today.

“The students, their families and the staff can be justly proud of their achievements. They’ve worked hard and done extremely well.”

Despite a number of stand-out performers the school was unable to improve upon its 98 per cent A-level pass rate, but Mr Ryan was quick to point out the role of the school as a platform for the future success of its students.

He added: “The key thing is that the students get the results they need to get on and do what they need to do next, whether that is university or employment.

“All of the students I’ve spoken to can now go and do what they want.

“We’re very pleased that we have been able to help them through the hard work at the start and put them in the position where they can get what they want.”

Analysing results, some might notice a marked improvement in one subject or a slight decline in another but Mr Ryan says this is perfectly normal and shouldn’t be scrutinised too much.

“Some subjects have done significantly better this year, some have not done as good as before, but that is quite normal. Biology in particular has done better at both A-level and AS-level.”

Mr Ryan is already planning ahead and says this year’s AS-level students have a good chance of going one better than today’s group, and achieving even better results.

He said:“The current year 12s are actually in a better position than today’s year 13s, so they should go on and do extremely well next year.”

Moving forward Mr Ryan says the introduction of the new A-level system in 2015 will provide a significant challenge and will force him and his colleagues to change how they teach and prepare their pupils.

Mr Ryan said: “There’s a whole new funding regime, a new structure and the module system is going to get removed completely so they will sit all their exams at the end of a 
two-year course, rather than having exams at the end of year 12.

“The staff have got to reorganise the way they deliver the courses, we’ve got to help students learn to do well in a different sort of way.

“It’s a challenge but one we are confident that we will be able to see through and make sure the students do as well in the future as they have done in the past.”




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