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Weekly Bulletin 08/03/19


Weekly Bulletin In addition to regular website updates, termly newsletter and frequent Twitter news, as from the beginning of this term we will produce a weekly School Bulletin to keep everyone updated on the events of the forthcoming week, reminders, school news and dates for the diary. The School Bulletin will be sent to parents via School Comms. The Bulletin will be published every Friday and, in addition to the School Comms message, it will also be uploaded on the school website.

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Year 8 Options Evening


Thank you to all those parents who attended out Year 8 Options Evening on Thursday 14th February in the Kent Hall.

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The Year 8 Options Parents Evening


The Year 8 Options Parents Evening will take place on Thursday 14th February from 5pm – 7pm.

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Kent Teacher of the Year Awards


Submit a nomination - online nominations deadline 1st March 2019

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Year 11 Saturday School


Saturday 9th February 2019

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GCSE success


Ashford’s North School has praised the dedication of staff, the support of parents and the determination of its students after achieving its best ever set of GCSE results.


The North has seen what Headteacher Nicki Hodges described as “a huge improvement” in results across the board, with one vital indicator doubling over the past year.  She praised the “colossal” efforts of staff and “100 per cent buy in” from the current cohort of GCSE students, who more than doubled last year’s haul of A* to C grades in English and Mathematics by taking it to 54 per cent.  She believes one of the success factors is that this was the first group of students to benefit fully from a new approach to learning introduced after the established team at The North started working closely with the Swale Academies Trust.  “The Trust was brought in to help the school out of special measures, something that it achieved in record time. The current cohort benefited from a new approach, worked incredibly hard over the two years and took responsibility for working at home as well as at school.  There are six periods during the normal school day but we introduced ‘period seven’, optional after-school classes which most of the year elevens attended - and the results speak for themselves.  The pupils’ commitment reflects on the staff, as well, of course, as each of the extra sessions meant a teacher staying late. I am proud of the way the whole school has worked so hard to deliver such excellent results.”


The percentage of pupils achieving five A* to C grades including English and Mathematics also improved dramatically, rising to 46 per cent this year and making it far and away the best set of results The North School has seen.


Among the many pupils who did exceptionally well were Jasmine Baker (5As, 4Bs, 1C), Charlie Barden (4As, 5Bs, 1C), Rosie Driscoll (4As, 6Bs), Adam Frudenberg (3As, 6Bs, 2Cs) Sonam Gurung (2A*s, 1 Distinction*, 4 As, 4 Bs) Josh Dodd (3As, 7Bs), Kathryn Hobbs (4As, 5Bs, 1C), Haydyn Martin (2As, 7Bs, 1C) and Salina Rai (1A*, 4As, 4Bs).


Mrs Hodges said The North offered a range of Level Two Courses, A Levels and vocational subjects, as well as a high retake success rate that could make it a good choice for students looking to get back on track.  “The North also offers great careers advice, which combined with good vocational courses and impressive academic teaching, make it a good choice for young people post-16.”


See below our coverage from KMFM:

LIVE: GCSE results day in Kent 2016

Interview with North School students picking up their GCSE Results 2016