Congratulations to Lily and her pony Magic for representing St Dunstan’s School today (Sunday 17 September) in the British Showjumping ‘Just for Schools’ individual league held at Kings Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre.
Lily and Magic came home with a 1st in the 80cm League Class, competing against 30 other riders and 2nd in the 90cm League Class.
Students are celebrating their GCSE results at St Dunstan’s School. This year’s results show that students have performed above average compared to national figures. Student progress against expectations was +0.23 which means that, on average, students were nearly a third of a grade above their expectations. This is the third year running that St Dunstan’s students’ progress is well above the national average, demonstrating the excellent progress students make at St Dunstan’s.
Theo Wakeling achieved 9 A*/A grades including 7 at A*, Daisy Greenhalgh achieved 8A/A* grades with 4 at A* and Sam Briar achieved 6A/A* grades including 5 at A* and the new highest grade 9 in Mathematics.
Students who made the most significant progress this year were: Jade Biado who achieved on average 2.7 grades above expectations in all his exams, Ben King, Lily Kingston and Michal Mielnik who all achieved over 2 grades above expectations. 65% of students achieved above a grade 4 (equivalent to a grade C) in English and 65% in Maths, with every student leaving with at least 5 GCSEs or equivalent.
Headteacher Keith Howard said “I am very pleased with the results our students have achieved, they have worked hard all year and with the support of their teachers and parents have achieved excellent results. This is the first year group to take the new GCSE’s in English and Maths and they have risen to the considerable challenge they have presented admirably. I look forward to building upon the success of 2017 and continuing the positive and exciting journey”
During their recent monitoring visit, Ofsted noted that the school “has turned a corner and more pupils are making better progress than in the past.” Inspectors commented on the improvements in the quality of teaching and learning. Also praised were the outcomes achieved by students in Year 11 last year which placed the school in the top 1/3 of secondary schools in Somerset. This is reinforced by this year’s exam results.
Alun Williams, CEO of the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership commented “I was delighted to see the excellent progress made by students at St Dunstan’s following receipt of their GCSE results today. The Year 11’s have excelled at a time of ever more challenging exams. These results show how partnership working can benefit children and bring real purpose to school improvement. Well done to all the staff and students – another stunning set of outcomes.”
If you would like to “see what’s new at St Dunstan’s”, our Open Day is on Wednesday 27th September.
Over the past few weeks students, their families and staff have been donating food to the Glastonbury Bridging the Gap Food Bank. Redgrave House managed to collect the most donations, closely followed by Piper House. The food will be given to those who are facing a financial crisis to help bridge them through their difficult time. The summer is a time of particular need for donations as the stocks are running low but demand is unfortunately still high.
Pastoral Leader, Mrs Charlotte Kendall said: I would like to say a massive thank you to all those students and families who have donated food, it will make a huge difference to many people and families. We hope to collect donations again in the new academic year. If you would like to donate additional food, the items can be taken to Morrisons where there is a donation box.