Ofsted result boosts Kimberley’s standing with “Good”.
Staff and students alike are joyfully reassured with the results of the recent Ofsted inspection after a huge turn around in the last twelve months. Many well considered improvements to the quality of learning and infrastructure were acknowledged and since proven effective. Congratulations from the Head– “it is well deserved”.
In light of this result and with its making as a strong foundation, Kimberley School is free to focus and aim for outstanding.
Kimberley is an Ofsted “Good” school.
“The School has improved significantly over the last 12 months. Staff, pupils and parents all understand and appreciate the positive effect of changes made over this period.”
“There have been significant improvements in key stage 4 outcomes in 2017”
“The large majority of pupils now make consistently good progress across all year groups”
“Pupils are making good progress in the sixth form in a wide-range of subjects”
“Lessons are calm and orderly. Relationships in lessons are often supportive, friendly and helpful.”
“Pupils behave well at lunchtime and breaktime… they feel safe and are not concerned about bullying”
More details can be viewed in the official report here;
August 2017 – GCSE Results
Kimberley students achieve excellent GCSE results
We are delighted to report that the school has followed up last week’s superb A-Level performance with an excellent set of GCSE results. We are determined that Kimberley will be a centre of academic excellence and the results in 2017 demonstrate the improvements that we have made in the last 12 months.
Anyone following educational news in the last few months will know that Year 11 students in 2017 were the first to sit the new English and Maths GCSEs. These new GCSEs are radically different from their predecessors and were only introduced when these students were part way through their secondary school education. The changes included new content, new methods of assessment and new grades; indeed all modular assessment and coursework have been removed and everything rests on the final exams in the summer.
Teachers and students have worked incredibly hard to adapt to these changes and have had a nervous summer waiting to hear how they have done. At the Kimberley School, we are delighted to report that their efforts have been successful and that they have achieved the best set of results the school has ever seen.
In the context of these changes it is difficult to make comparisons but at this early stage we can report that:
- A remarkable 70% of students achieved Grade 4 or above in both English and Maths. This is equivalent to the old A*-C grades. The school’s previous best results were 63% and in 2016 the national average was 59%. The government refer to a grade 4 as a “Standard Pass”.
- 87% of students achieved a Grade 4 or above in English.
- 74% of students achieved a Grade 4 or above in Maths.
- 45% of students achieved a Grade 5 or above in English in Maths. There is no equivalent to this under the old grading system so we cannot make comparisons with previous years. The government refer to a Grade 5 as a “Strong Pass”
- 70% of students achieved a Grade 5 or above in English.
- 51% of students achieved a Grade 5 or above in Maths.
- 21% of students achieved a Grade 7 or above in English. This is the equivalent to the old A*-A grades. This is a significant increase from the 11% that did so in 2016 and is above the 2016 national average of 20%.
- 20% of students achieved a Grade 7 or above in Maths. In 2016 the national average was also 20%.
- Incredibly 12% of all students in English achieved the highest possible grades (8 and 9) under the new system, 9% of students in Maths did the same.
- Over one fifth of all students achieved the Ebacc Qualification.
We are so proud of everyone’s achievements but there are some superb individual successes that are worthy of note:
Sian Langham gained a superb set of results with grade 9s in both Maths and English Literature, five A*s, one Distinction*, a grade 7 and two A grades.
Kian Miloro-Deakin also gained two grade 9s in Maths and English alongside one grade 8, five A*s, one Distinction*, one Distinction and one A grade.
Amy Keady is another student who gained two grade 9s in Maths and English Literature as well as a grade 8, two A*s and 5 A grades.
Hannah Walsh excelled with grade 9s in both English Language and English Literature in addition to two A*s, Distinction*, a grade 7 and four As.
Claire Collins did extremely well and has achieved one grade 9, one grade 8, a Distinction *, four A*s, one A and a B.
Thomas Hall will also be extremely pleased with his grade 9, grade 8, Distinction* and four A* grades and two As.
Congratulations to all students on their successes this year. They have faced unprecedented challenges as they have navigated this new exam system and we are proud of each and every one of them. We look forward to seeing what they can achieve in the future. Remember, it is not too late for students to secure a place at our high performing sixth form – if you are still looking for a place then please contact the school as we may be able to help.
August 2017 – A-Level Results
Kimberley School 2017 A-Level Results
Congratulations to all our A-Level students who have achieved outstanding results this year.
Their results show significant improvements on the strong results from 2016 and are higher than national averages. Nearly two-thirds of all grades achieved were A*-B grades and over 80% were A*-C grades. Once again, there was a 100% pass rate.
The stunning headline achievements of the Year 13 students are as follows:
A*-A Grades – 41% (3% increase from 2016)
A*-B Grades – 60% (5% increase from 2016)
A* – C Grades – 84% (8% increase from 2016)
A*-E Grades – 100%
Average Point Score Per Entry – 35.57 (7 higher than 2016)
Average Grade: B- (C in 2016)
Nationally the Average Point Score Per Entry in 2016 was 32.11 and the Average Grade was C+.
The Sixth Form Leadership Team will now work with students to finalise their university places or other plans for the future. We are so proud of everyone’s achievements but there are some superb individual successes that are worthy of note:
Head Girl Megan Barnes gained a superb 2 A*s and an A and is off to Leeds University to study Geography whilst our Head Boy Oliver Marshall is also off to Leeds University with his Distinction*, A and B to study Environmental Science
Mary Traynor with an A*and 2 As has secured a place at the University of Nottingham to study History and Politics. Paige Amos with 2A*s and a B is off to the University of Sheffield to study Law. Jenny Banton with an A* and 2 As has secured a place at the University of Newcastle to study History and Archaeology. Rose Franchi with 2 As and a B is off the University of Sheffield to study Psychology
Jasmine Mansouri gained 3 A grades thus securing a place to study Speech and Language therapy at De Montfort University. Astral Annais-Brown gained an A* and 2 As to gain a place to study English Literature at the University of Newcastle. Brogan Butler is also off to Newcastle University to study Medicine having gained 3 A grades. Sahel Sadeghi also gained a superb 3 As and plans now to apply to also study Medicine.
Abbie McColl is off to study Mathematics at Loughborough University with an A* an A and 2 Bs. Lucy McAndrew gained 3 Distinction*s and Dillon Dewshi gained a Distinction* and 2 Distinctions enabling him to head to Northumbria University to study Marketing Management. Tom Storer with a Distinction* an A grade, a B and a C is off to Manchester to study Physiotherapy
Many other students have done very well and will shortly be departing to start degree courses at universities across the country in subjects as varied as; Primary Education, Nursing, Midwifery, Sociology, Economics, Civil Engineering, Health and Nutrition, Product Design, Politics, Marketing, Biochemistry, Criminology, Aerospace Engineering and Special Educational Needs Studies. Other high achieving students are taking the apprenticeship route with, for instance, Boots and the NHS.
This is yet another indicator that the Kimberley School Sixth Form is the destination for students who have the highest possible aspirations for their future education and careers. We have received a record number of applications for students to start in the sixth form in September. However, if you are still looking to secure a place at a fantastic sixth form then please do contact us on 0115 938 7000 as we may be able to help.
Geography Study Trip to Iceland
Red Nose Day 2017
On Friday 24th March 2017, The Kimberley School Sixth Form organised the most successful Comic Relief fundraiser at the school to date. The fundraising occurred over 3 days; with a netball match between staff versus sixth form students and a football match between staff and sixth form students. With a fantastic effort from both the sixth form students and staff, both games were a huge success and helped raise almost £100 in total from the games. The main events were held on the Red Nose Day Friday with a sweet and cake sale, hot dog sale, various quiz type stalls, an open mic concert, glitter face painting and, ‘sponge the teacher’. As well as this some 6th Form boys waxed their legs for charity!
The combined efforts and grand total of Red Nose Day 2017 was a staggering £2,250!
This total raised £400 more than Sports Relief 2016 and £150 more than Comic Relief 2015.