Dear Parents and Carers,
Last week I informed you that we had been shortlisted as one of the twenty seven national finalists in the KS4 Pupil Premium Awards. On Wednesday, accompanied by Deputy Headteachers Ms Kennedy and Mr Straker, I attended the awards ceremony at Drapers’ Hall in the City of London where it was announced that we were one of the national winners.
It was a very elegant event indeed and in a wonderful setting, the former home of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex and Chief Minister to King Henry VIII. The event was hosted by the Times Education Supplement and the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office.
In the introduction to the awards winners’ programme, the Schools Minister David Laws described the award winning schools thus:
All the schools we are celebrating today have demonstrated a focused commitment to giving all of their pupils the best start in life. They engage with the evidence and are passionate about spreading their learning to other schools, and learning from them in return.
They demonstrate the very best of the teaching profession in England and should be rightly proud today that they have made such a difference to the lives of pupils.
Then, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced that we had won one of the four national KS4 high aspiration awards. Interestingly, we shared this award with four other girls’ schools, three of whom are in the London area and the fourth, a girls’ grammar school, is in Sutton Coldfield.
WSFG was described as follows in the awards programme:
High Aspirations Awards
The school has maintained a whole school focus on narrowing the attainment gap. Its challenge coordinator has oversight of the most able students including those eligible for the pupil premium and organises a range of activities for this group including summer schools, masterclasses, trips to higher education institutions and other settings where they hear from inspirational speakers…
As a consequence of this our students understand that success is underpinned by effort and resilience and not necessarily ability. Congratulations to our 2014 GCSE examination cohort, and to all their teachers, parents and families. Now the focus is on our current Year 11 students!
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.
For press coverage click on the link below:
Greensheet Plus Summer 2014