School's Strong Progress

Pupils at Healing School celebrated some outstanding achievements when GCSE results were released.

Some of the pupils who achieved more than 12 grades of A or A* were Jaimie Caines, Elliott Smith Amber Harris, Lucy Howes and Alice Ward.

Principal Mark Knapton congratulated these and other students at the Low Road school.

"We've enjoyed another strong performance across the board," he said.

Amongst pupils happy with their results was Jonathon Borrill Townsend (16) who said, "I'm really pleased that my efforts have paid off, it just shows what can be achieved if you try hard enough."

Mr Knapton was pleased the school's hard work was reflected in the Government's new GCSE key performance indicator, Progress 8.

It measures students' progress over eight key subjects from when they start secondary school to when they leave.

Healing's is expected to be +0.6, which is an indicator that the school's results are once again outstanding.

The school saw 80% achieve five or more A*s to C and 26% of the pupils secured three or more A* and As.

A total of 32% gained another key Government measure, the English Baccalaureate - A*-C in English, maths, two sciences, a humanities and a language

Mr Knapton was pleased with the figures.

"It's all new this year with changes to the exams as well as the reporting structures," he said. "It will be interesting to see how it settles down but, given the amount of change, I'm happy with our outcomes.

"I'd like to congratulate the students for some excellent results and thank parents for their support. Some of the individual achievements were outstanding.

"I'd also like to thank the staff who have coped admirably with the changes."

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