Celebrations at Hunstanton school as students obtain an early GCSE in English

Smithdon High School headteacher Jon Goodchild. Picture: Ian Burt Smithdon High School headteacher Jon Goodchild. Picture: Ian Burt

Saturday, January 11, 2014
1:04 PM

A school is celebrating its “highest level of achievement to date” after getting the vast majority of its pupils through their GCSE English exam at grade C or above - several months early.

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Students at Smithdon High School, in Downs Road, Hunstanton, took their exams in the subject in November in a bid to free up their time to focus on other subjects this summer.

86pc of the whole year group gained at least a grade C in the subject, with many achieving a grade A or B, meaning many young people at school have already got their first GCSE qualification.

Headteacher Jonathan Goodchild (pictured) said: “We knew the students would do well but this level of achievement, effectively two terms early, is simply staggering.

“86% of the whole year group gaining a grade C or above represents our highest level of achievement to date. The staff and students all deserve every ounce of praise they receive.”

He added that passing the exam early was “better preparation for their summer examinations” as “it enables the students to use their English lesson time to focus on GCSEs in English literature and media studies or spend extra time on mathematics, which will be taken in May or June”.

He added: “Their success will help to build confidence” and said the data from the examinations meant the school now has more information about student performance, which it can use to plan support across each pupil’s subjects.

The school achieved record-breaking GCSE results in 2012 and maintained its A* to C pass level last year.

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  • Does an early achieved GCSE with targetted help by teachers, have the same value than a GCSE that has beeen arrived at in good time or late? dare I say by children who had no help but that of their parents? has it been explained to our children that speed is of the essence? And finally, has history been revised to read that Rome was built in twelve hours?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

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