Students at The Duchess’s Community High School have worked extremely hard to secure an excellent set of results. Overall the school has seen an increase of 9% in the key figure of 5 A* to C including English and Maths. Partly this is due to a 10% increase in the A* to C percentage in English Language and a 4% increase in the A* to C percentage in Maths. These key outcomes are now well above the national average after a slight dip last year.

Although pleased with our overall results we are especially happy with the results of our boys. Boys make up 55% of this year group and, as you may know nationally, boys (sadly) lag behind girls in many of the academic subjects. So to gain the set of results that we have is a major achievement.

There are many positive stories across the ability range where our students have worked hard and achieved the targets that they set themselves. Below are twenty of our top students (fourteen of which are boys!) showing the number of A and A* grades they have achieved:

Dan Fletcher- 9 A*’s and 2 A’s

Sarah Walker – 8 A*’s and 3 A’s

Ruben Moss – 7 A*’s and 3 A’s

Edmund Harratt – 7 A*’s and 2 A’s

Scott Moffat – 5 A*’s and 3 A’s

Ben Kelly = 5 A*’s and 4 A’s

Lewis Finney – 5 A*’s and 3 A’s

Jonathan Spink – 4 A*’s and 7 A’s

Amy Thorne – 4 A*’s and 6 A’s

Benito Varghese – 1 A^ in Further Maths, 4 A*’s, and 2 A’s

Isabelle Maxwell – 4 A*’s and 6 A’s

Luke Fahy – 4 A*’s and 3 A’s

Robert Swinbank - 3 A*’s and 8 A’s

Zoe Gilroy -  3 A*’s and 8 A’s

Callie Martin – 3 A*’s, 1 Distinction*, and 6 A’s

Alfie Murton – 3 A*’s and 7 A’s

Ruari Ryan – 3 A*’s and 6 A’s

Martin Murphy – 3 A*’s and 5 A’s

Francois Perocheau – 3 A*’s and 3 A’s

Erin Hickman – 2 A*’s and 9 A’s

In this period of never ending change for our education system both in terms of end of course exams (students now, on average, sit over 20 during the exam period) and how performance data is presented (5 A* to C percentages will be replaced by a figure known as Progress 8) it is hugely positive that our students continue to perform. They need to be congratulated on their success. They have supported each other and worked hard. As have their parents!

The start of September sees us, at last, move into our new school buildings, expanding to incorporate Year 7s and 8s from September 2017. We look forward to going from strength to strength. If any family is interested in joining our Sixth Form from this September or interested in finding out more about our expansion from September next year please get in touch once the new term starts.

Maurice Hall