Hewett Highlights Friday 14th September 2012
Outstanding exam results break records This year’s exam results were, once again, amazing for our GCSE and A‐Level students. The A‐Level results were the best for three years and the GCSE results were the best ever. The GCSE results were particularly pleasing with 70% of our students achieving 5A*‐C and over 93% of them getting 5A*‐G, a s i g n i f i c a n t improvement on last year’s excellent results. Even more pleasing was the rise in the ‘gold standard’ measure 5A*‐C including English and Mathematics. This rose to an all‐time high of 51% which is an increase of 15 percentage points on last year. “What was very pleasing was the wide range of subjects which improved their results this year showing that we are getting even better at helping our students to achieve,” said Mr Anthony. The A‐Level results were fantastic with a rise again in the overall pass rate and
the average point scores. “Well done to all staff and students for their hard work to make these excellent results p o s s i b l e , ” concluded Mr Anthony. The national problems with this year’s exam results has affected a very small number of our students and we are c o n s i d e r i n g whether to appeal these results. Mr Anthony said, “It is clear that something has gone badly wrong with the GCSE results nationally, particularly in English. It is not fair that some students have been given a lower GCSE grade than others with the same standard of work. It is vital that a full enquiry is held and that this issue is sorted out quickly.”
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Open Evening for prospective Year 7 students On Tuesday 25th September, we will be holding our Open Evening for students who are considering us as their secondary school. In order to have time to get all the displays ready for the evening we will close the school at 1:20pm. School meals will still be available in the restaurant. If this early closure causes difficulties for any parent, please contact Sue Millions, the Headteacher’s PA, and alternative arrangements can be made for individual students.
The Base: Sharing books together On Monday 17th September, the school’s family centre, The Base, will be holding a free fun course for dads, mums, carers and grandparents of pre‐school children. The course will help bring to life stories, books and nursery rhymes and have puppet making and ideas to share with your children. If you are interested in these sessions please phone 621927 and ask about the ‘sharing books together’ course. Numbers are limited so do it quickly!
CCTV in schools Some parents will have seen that the issue of CCTV cameras in schools has been raised by an organisation called, “Big B r o t h e r Watch”. Following a Freedom of I n f o r m a t i o n request, the school gave the number of CCTV cameras to Big Brother Watch and this was turned into a press story. Our school was highlighted for two reasons. One was the number of cameras we have per student and the other was that we have cameras in the public areas of the toilets. Mr Anthony said, “we are aware that CCTV in schools can be a sensitive issue, this is why the governors have a policy on the
use of cameras. Our cameras are used to protect the students and our property and we have a large number of cameras because we have a large site. Our policy says that cameras in the toilets have to be “fixed cameras focused on the communal areas and must not cover urinals or cubicles. Where cameras are fitted in toilets, specific warning notices must be displayed clearly.” Parents can see a full copy of the school’s CCTV policy on our website. If anyone is concerned about the use of CCTV in the school they can contact us to discuss the matter.
Disposal of playing fields Following the success of the Olympics there were many concerns expressed nationally about the sale of playing fields. The Hewett School was named as a school which had ‘sold off’ some playing fields. This is not accurate as we have leased our land to Goals Soccer and the land still belongs to the Foundation Trust. In addition,
the money we receive from Goals Soccer is put into improving sports facilities at the school. We also get access to the Goals centre during the school day. Mr Anthony said, “We believe that the deal we made with Goals Soccer is in the best interests of the school, its students and the local community.”
ERIC: Everybody Reads In Class
M o r r i s o n ’ s supermarkets are offering schools the opportunity to buy g a r d e n i n g equipment with vouchers. If you do shop at Morrison’s and are offered any gardening vouchers please accept them and give them to your son or daughter to hand in at the school shop. We will use the vouchers to get equipment to support gardening activities within school.
Every week, students and staff stop what they are doing in form time and read a book. This is an excellent way to start the day and to keep up with your reading. It is very helpful if your son or daughter has a reading book in their bag every day. The school library has hundreds of books available to borrow and students can borrow up to six at any one time. There are also librarians who will help them choose a good book they will enjoy.
Calendar 17th ‐ 21st Sept. is Week 1 Tuesday 25th September School Photographs Tuesday 25th September 7:00pm Prospective Year 7 Open Evening: School closes at 1:20pm Wednesday 26th September Year 8 PACT Day Friday 5th October Non‐uniform Day for EACH Sunday 7th October Angelis: Walter Roy Theatre Wednesday 10th October Year 7 Settling Evening Wednesday 17th October Dance Show Thursday 18th October Sixth Form Open Evening
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