A very warm welcome to the 2014/15 academic year at Caistor Grammar School! And a specially warm welcome to those parents who are joining the family of our School for the very first time. There are many new students in the School this week: 94 students in Year 7, 2 in Year 8, 2 in Year 9, 1 in Year 10 and 21 in Year 12. In total, there are 669 students on roll, 304 boys and 365 girls, (194 of whom are in our Sixth Form). We are, thus, the biggest we have ever been with the biggest Sixth Form we have ever had!
Welcome to new members of staff
We welcome a number of new members of staff at the start of this School year. They all seem excited to be working with us and I am sure they will make a significant impact in their work at CGS. Mr Ryan Bradley is joining our Design and Technology Department. Mr Gavin Cooke is joining us as Head of Science. Mr Robert Hargreaves is joining us to teach Maths and Computing. Mr Andy Hay is joining us as Head of RE. Mrs Heidi Leaning is joining us as Head of Chemistry. Ms Vikki Smith is joining us to teach Geography and RE and Mrs Cathy Spencer is joining us part time to teach RE. We congratulate Mrs Rachael Donoghue on becoming Head of Physics and Miss Rebecca Turner on becoming Head of Hansard. We are pleased to welcome back Mr Ian Dawson to teach Science part time. Mr Darren Huart will be working in the PE Department as a trainee teacher. We will also be employing three technicians for the duration of this year. Ex-CGS student Mr George Cordery will be out Science Technician. Miss Emily Mackin, also ex-CGS, will be our Performing Arts Technician whilst Miss Rebecca Heald will be our PE Technician. They are all extremely welcome and we hope they enjoy working at CGS.
Outstanding examination results once again
Taken together, this year’s results can be seen as one of the very best overall sets in the School’s history! They are a huge credit to both our students and our staff. We will lead Lincolnshire in the DfE tables at A2 level in all the ways the results are measured for the twelfth year in a row, a remarkable accomplishment and dominance of our fellow schools. We are likely to be in the top 35 schools in the country in the DfE performance tables. At AS level, our fourteenth set of results are a significant improvement on recent years in some important ways. These include a record equalling pass rate of 98.8%. We have reached all of our targets at A2 and AS levels. At GCSE, we will lead Lincolnshire in terms of the percentage gaining 5 A*-C, incl. English & Maths for the sixth year running and we have achieved 100% 7 A*-C passes for the fourth year running and the sixth time in the last eight years! We have also gained 100% 5A*-C passes for the ninth year running and for the fourteenth time in the last seventeen years! We have established a new School Record in the English Baccalaureate, and lead Lincolnshire in this, too. We expect to be very highly ranked in the 2014 DfE Performance Tables. Overall, our results further extend our extraordinary record of sustained excellence and Lincolnshire school domination.
Two further causes for celebration are that our girls’ at GCSE and our boys’ at A level are both the most successful students of their gender at that level in the history of the School. Special congratulations goes to them. I am happy to share with you a detailed breakdown of our examination results at both GCSE and A level in the attached sheet.
Outstanding Effort and Attainment grades for the 2013/14 academic year
I am delighted to share with you the results of last year’s internal Assessment/Reports by Year group. They show a remarkable and consistent record of improvement and high achievement, especially since last year we broke 16 records (and equalled 5). This year, we succeeded in establishing 21 new records and equalling 4 and in Overall Terms, every one of the 6 listings is a new School record. This seems to me to be a very important and powerful message about the commitment of our student body and the progress they have made. Taken together with our external exam results, it is a powerful message indeed.
We carefully record every Effort grade and every Attainment grade that every student gains every single term and put these together to have a measure of progress at a School level, as well as at an individual level. We are thus able to measure how different year groups do in comparison with their older peers and also how they do in comparison with themselves in previous years. I am attaching a sheet to this letter which summarises the performance of each gender in each year group in the School. You can calculate your own child’s effort and attainment grades as follows: we give Effort grades their numerical value, 1/2 counts as 1.5 and we give Attainment grades the following values: A* and A both count as 1.0 and A/B counts as 1.5 and A*/A counts as 1.0, B/C counts as 2.5, B counts as 2, C as 3, D as 4 and so on. Add up the total of numbers and divide by the number of subjects to get an average. If this is too much of a mathematical challenge, we will be sending you your child’s averages for each term last year and for each previous year they have been in the School, when we issue their first Assessment of this year during the Autumn Term 2014. It is good to benchmark our performance, not only against others, but also against ourselves in previous times. I hope this will be a spur to ever greater achievements at the School. It is clear that overall, students have worked harder and more successfully last year than in any previous year when judged by our own Effort and Attainment system. Congratulations to everyone! Below you can see how last year’s figures compare to those in the past.
Difficult parking in Caistor continues
Unfortunately the roadworks on North Kelsey look set to remain throughout September and therefore North Kelsey Road remains closed to through traffic. We would be grateful if parents can avoid the North Kelsey Road entrance to the School as far as possible during September.
With very best wishes