How well pupils do

The governments value-added scores consistently put us in the top 5% of schools nationally. Put another way, that means that our pupils achieve better here than they would do in 95% of other secondary schools.

Despite this, we are always looking to find ways of organising our curriculum and/or exam opportunities so that pupils can do even better.  On the other hand, we have continued to follow ASDAN course because they provide such an excellent preparation for college-based learning even though they dont give us any points on our value-added score.

It is a priority for us to help pupils develop socially and emotionally as well as academically, so that they are well-prepared for life after school. When we recognise and celebrate their tremendous progress as young people at their leaving ceremony at the end of Year 11, it is often very moving for parents/carers, pupils and staff alike. The vast majority of pupils progress to appropriate courses at mainstream colleges near where they live, though occasionally a pupil will need a more specialised or residential college placement. Many ex-pupils return for help and advice, or just to let us know how well they are doing, many years after they leave.