Impressive GCSE Results Celebrated

GCSE pupils with retiring Principal Mrs Addison (left to right) Emily Howes, Haydn York, Ashin Leons and Bjartur Hilmisson.

Pupils were congratulated on their "outstanding results" by the new Principal at Healing School.

Mark Knapton, who succeeds Ann Addison next month, was delighted 80% pupils achieved five or more A* to C passes, including maths and English, continuing the academy's trend of exceptional results.

97% pupils gained five or more A*- C GCSE passes at the Ofsted-rated outstanding academy.

Mr Knapton said: "This is reward for an enormous amount of hard work by pupils and staff.

"I'm delighted, given the changes and challenges to the English curriculum in particular, we have maintained our excellent standards.

"I'm also pleased that Mrs Addison leaves this school after 11 years at its helm on a high note.

"The results are a tribute to her and the way in which she led the team here. The focus has been on academic excellence and these results bear that out," he said.

"Our challenge going forward is maintaining that focus but we have an excellent team in place here who are determined to ensure standards remain at their highest possible level."

There were some outstanding individual performances within the overall results. 76 pupils (45%) achieved three or more A/A*s and 14 gained 11 or more A/A*s.

Healing was named by the Guardian among the nine best non-selective schools in the country last September. The latest statistics will reinforce its position among the UK's elite.

For Mrs Addison, it was the perfect way to leave after a 23-year association with the school at which she started her teaching career.

"I'm delighted for the pupils but also the excellent team I've been fortunate enough to lead here over 11 years.

"I'm extremely proud of this set of results and what we have achieved as a team here.

"I'm also confident this school will maintain the high standards going forward."

Healing School - Thursday 21st August 2014