Headteacher’s Update – September 2016

IMG_6683Welcome to the 2016-17 academic year which promises to be another busy and exciting time for our school community. Our first week back ended with all our students making a smooth and successful start to the new school year ahead. Our Year 7 and Year 12 have made a particularly strong first impression during their induction activities and in their start to their formal lessons.

I must start by congratulating our students in last year’s Years 11 and Year 13 for their excellent GCSE and A level results. I would also like to say very well done to our Year 12 for their AS results and for how well they have coped with the changes to the A level system.

IMG_6511Year 11 GCSE results saw a fantastic 81.7% of students gain IMG_6645A*-C passes in English and Maths. 35.3% of all GCSE entries were at A*/A with an impressive 18.8% of our Year 11 students gaining 9 or more A*/A grades. We are particularly delighted that all of our Year 11 students achieved 5 A*-G grades and that our GCSE average grade was a grade B for the subjects taken by this cohort. These are fabulous results for a comprehensive school. They reflect our commitment to inclusion and they really do show our success in maximising the potential of all our students. Our results at GCSE and A level continue to put us among the top comprehensives in the country in the league tables in the national press.

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Our Sixth Form success continued with 65.9% of our A level entries achieving A*-B, excluding General Studies, and all our Oxbridge and Medicine students gaining their university places. The average grade achieved in our Sixth Form was again a highly impressive grade B across all the qualifications we offer. There were some great celebrations on results day as our students secured the progression routes they had worked so hard to achieve. It was a real privilege and pleasure to be part of such a special experience.

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These outcomes, and our continued success reflect the talent and hard work of our students and teaching staff, and the excellent support received from our parents. Thanks go to all the staff who came in over the holidays to support our students and in particular to Mr Morris and Ms Booth for their excellent work with our Sixth Form.

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It has been another very busy summer in terms of building work completed in the school. As a result of this we now have a new enlarged Food Technology room, a new relocated Photography Studio, a new re-sited Drama Studio and a new classroom. In addition to this we have just completed the handover of the re-sited and redeveloped kitchen area. All of the above has involved a huge amount of work over the summer period. In the light of this, I must thank William Birch the builders, the CYC planning and building support team, Mr Bradford, our site staff, our IT staff and those staff who have moved into these new rooms for their impressive efforts to get these facilities ready on time.

IMG_6965IMG_6963The building work continues on the new Dining Room facilities and these will be completed and handed over to the school later in October. We are operating revised catering arrangements until this time, including using a marquee to provide additional seating for our students. I must thank all our staff and students for their patience and support during this time. I am sure our new facilities will be worth the extra wait.    IMG_6959

The first week back has seen me hold assemblies for all year groups to reflect upon some of the changes and achievements of the summer, to outline our vision and values and to highlight our priorities for the year ahead. It is important that our students start their new school year feeling confident and well supported and being clear about our expectations as a school.

IMG_6888This year sees the anniversary of the Battle of Fulford in 1066 and this is being commemorated by Radio York in a series of special programmes. Some of our Year 8 students (Livy Hunt, Lauren Cozens, Joe Callin and Jacob Wong) were interviewed by Radio York to discuss the importance of this battle and to get their comments on the importance of our school in the Fulford community today. This interview will be broadcast between 9.00 and 12.00 on the morning of the 20th September. Ms Bowen would like to thank all those who participated in this interview and to say that she was thoroughly impressed by the quality of our student contributions.

Please note that in addition to the formal scheduled slots for Information Evenings, Progress Reviews and Parents’ Evenings, that you are able to contact the school at any time with any queries, information, concerns and to pass on details of any successes achieved by your son/daughter so we can help celebrate these. I am always keen to improve communication with parents within our school and to extend our links with the local community.

As you can see from the above, it has been a busy and exciting start to what promises to be another action packed term. I wish all those in our school community a warm welcome to Fulford and I wish all our students every success and happiness in the year ahead.

Lorna Savage

Headteacher