Dear Parents and Carers,
What a pleasure it was meeting most of our new students again with their parents and carers on Wednesday at our ‘Welcome Evening’. There was such a buzz of excitement! This coincided with the opening of Titus Andronicus by the Greek Theatre Players in our Greek Theatre. So everyone could sample our catering whilst watching Shakespearean characters wandering around in our grounds!
Our history and the legacy of others is very important to us as a school. So it is with huge sadness we announce the death of a previous Headteacher, Pat Marino. Ms Marino was Headteacher here for a long period of time, from 1986 to 2000, and is fondly remembered by all who knew her. Mr Nigel Straker, our Deputy Headteacher, who worked with Pat for fifteen years, has very special memories of her as you can see in this Greensheet. There will be a longer article in the summer Bumper Greensheet. We were honoured on Monday to host a visit by Kasper Holton, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He took time out from rehearsals for the current production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to travel up the Victoria Line to visit us. He spoke to a hundred KS3 students and staff about his passion for opera, which began when he was ten years of age, and explained to the girls the power of human emotion. His audience was treated to a dramatic scene from Richard Jones’ interpretation of Suor Angelica by Puccini. The girls showed their appreciation of the time he gave us by loud and prolonged applause. I was also impressed by the maturity of both the students Kalila and Assa (our Dorothys in the Wizard of Oz) who introduced him, and also by the maturity of the questions asked by the audience.
The Humanities Faculty has also been busy this week. All of Year 7 have been on a field trip to Rochester. This follows on from a successful trip to Boulogne, France, last Friday, organised by the MFL Faculty. Other events include a visit to the Donmar Warehouse by Year 9 girls for a workshop before they see a play called ‘Temple’ next week. Meanwhile, twenty girls from Years 7 and 8 competed in a rounders rally at Forest School on Thursday. On Monday we have a large number of Year 9 students attending what promises to be an exciting Maths Inspiration Show at the London Bloomsbury Theatre. We look forward to hearing all about it.
School Improvement Plan 2014/15: Summary
GCSE Results 2014
Congratulations to all our Year 11 students!
WSFG results have gone up once more to an all-time high of 75% (5 or more A*-C grades including English and mathematics) bucking the national trend which saw a dip this year.
81.4% of students achieved 5 or more A*-C grades whilst 100% achieved 5 or more A*-G grades. Both English and Mathematics recorded significant improvements in A*-C grades on 2013 (English 89.3%, up 7.9% and Mathematics 79.1%, up 6.2%).
40.1% of the girls achieved the English Baccalaureate (A*-C grades in English, mathematics, two science subjects, a language and a humanities subject), an increase of 5% on 2013.
Students, staff, governors and, of course, parents and carers were delighted with these results, which reflect solid hard work and dedication.
More details of subject breakdown will follow shortly.
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