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.”
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