Following two productive staff training days, we have enjoyed a very settled start to the new College year. Students are in full uniform, well equipped for lessons and demonstrating positive attitudes to study. Thank you to parents/carers for supporting us in ensuring students are ready and prepared for learning. May I extend a particular welcome to parents/carers of students who have joined us this term, especially those new to the College. We have been very impressed with the positivity and enthusiasm of our new Year 7 students- we are very excited for them and have high hopes and expectations that they will make a significant contribution to our special community.
Following a number of promotions and retirements at the end of the summer term, we have appointed several new staff. Some bring extensive experience from other schools whilst others are at the beginning of their teaching career. We hope all our new colleagues will settle well in to their new roles and be happy in their work at Corpus Christi.
We are delighted to be celebrating an excellent set of GCSE examination results with significant gains being made in English, Mathematics and Science. In 2017 reformed GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Mathematics have been introduced. Traditional A* – U grades have been replaced with a numbering system from 1 to 9 for English and Mathematics examinations. 9 is the highest grade students can achieve in the new GCSEs and 1 is the lowest. Despite the more rigorous nature of the new GCSE’s; 74% of our students have achieved a 9-4 pass grade in English, and 75% of our students have achieved a 9-4 grade in Mathematics. 80% of students have achieved A*-C grades in Additional Science with 68% of students achieving a Level 4 (grade C equivalent) and above in both Mathematics and English. These results are all above the national average.
This week we will be holding our Year 11 Parent Information Evening at the College (Tuesday 12th September at 6.30 p.m.). This is an opportunity for parents/carers to find out how we will be supporting and preparing our students for external GCSE examinations at the end of the year. This will require a great deal of hard work, effort and commitment from both staff and students. However, the support of parents/carers is also an essential ingredient for success; whether it be ensuring students attend College regularly, keep up to date with their homework or take full advantage of the programme of targeted intervention provided by the College. We know that preparing for examinations can be a stressful and difficult time for students and their families. We therefore hope all the parents/carers of Year 11 students will join us on Tuesday evening to receive help and advice which will ensure Year 11 is a positive, productive and successful experience for all students.
We look forward to another happy, productive and successful year for all our students and their families.