The Kimberley School Newsletter October 2014

News@Kimberley Founded 1925 A record of the life of the school, its duties and pleasure, its work and play; a chronicle of endeavour and achievement October 2014 Issue 40# Head’s Lines 17 of 26 GCSE subjects improve on last year whilst headline figure plummets – how can this be? Schools across the land are trying to put a spin on their GCSE results this year. I’d rather be honest about ours and put our energy into understanding them and moving forward. We achieved 52% 5+A*-C (inc En & Ma) which is hugely disappointing for us and way below our 63% prediction. Whilst the circumstances are far from straight-forward, there can be no doubt that too many boys failed to make the C grade in their English. We can try to put the blame on a revised English exam structure introduced, as is so often the case in education, at the eleventh hour, but that will not change the outcome. We need to ask a more fundamental question. Why were our boys not equipped to tackle this new exam format? In the past, our boys have made up marks in the speaking and listening element of the exam, which was removed this year. This year, all students had to rely more Newdigate Street • heavily on their ability to recall knowledge, read fluently and write well structured, extended answers. We are determined that our boys should catch up with the girls in these skill areas through teaching across the school, not just in English. In short, we must ensure our boys: ™™ read more (any reading is better than no reading!) ™™ write more ™™ do their homework. “Working at The Kimberley School isn’t just a job, it’s a way of life” After 39 years of service to the Nottinghamshire County Council, Mr Wayne Newton retires from his role leading the grounds maintenance team. Mr Newton has served the school for many years and, in fact, was a former pupil at the school before starting his long career with the council. Mr Newton said, “I can honestly say that I have really enjoyed my job. It’s been hard work, but I’ve never had that Monday morning feeling”. We thank Mr Newton for his service to the school and its community and wish him well in his retirement. Your encouragement at home as parents is invaluable and we rely on your continued support. Meanwhile……………… We are delighted that our A level results were our best ever with a 99.5% pass rate and 20% A*/A grades! Chris Teal - Headteacher Kimberley • Nottingham • NG16 2NJ • 0115 938 7000