Sir James Smith's Community School

Autumn Term 2015

Autumn Term for students starts on Monday 7th September.  There are two PD days on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September when only the staff will be in school.


Best ever results at Sir Jim’s

"I would like to pay tribute to staff and students who between them managed to achieve the best set of results in the school’s history. We’re thrilled with the success of all our students,” said Headteacher Jon Lawrence. “The rise in standards across the school and the very many individual pupil success stories are just reward for the hard work, commitment and attitude displayed by students and staff.  This builds on the very positive Ofsted report back in September 2014. Our students are to be congratulated because they worked hard over five years to achieve those results as well as contributing to the wider life of the school through sport, music and drama productions, prefect teams, the Green Power car and so on. And now they are in a very strong position to continue their studies at college and beyond. I am very proud of what they have achieved; these young people are a credit to our whole community."

High fliers included Peter Alford, Michael Arnott, Georgia Bunt, Mavi Degener, Robert Doman, Simon Hobbs, George Hooper, Harvey Lanaway, Jodie Lavender-Bournes, Bix Lawley, Katie Storr and Megan Thornhill. The top performing boy and girl were George Hooper and Georgie Bunt. 

Mr Lawrence added: "But there are other students who have performed remarkably well despite having to deal with personal issues. The sign of a good school is how well it looks after and supports its most vulnerable pupils. At this time of year, when the focus is on exam results, it is too easy to forget that not all pupils find school easy. Our very strong value-added score shows just how well all our students have done given their vastly different starting points.

“I am fortunate to have a fantastic team of staff – teaching and support – who have pulled out all the stops as well as pro-active parents/carers who have supported their children all the way.  This year we are especially proud of the way the Maths department has bounced back after a disappointing set of results last year – the work put in by staff and the results achieved by students in Maths has been inspiring."

The school said the overall pass rates for pupils achieving grades A-C including English and maths  are already the best ever achieved and could top 60% once queries and appeals have been resolved.  In addition to this headline figure the school is very proud of the ‘value added’ figure achieved which describes how much progress students at the school have made over their five years and looks set to place SJS amongst the top 5 schools in county. Parents/carers will be able to compare outcomes when the Department for Education publishes national results in October. 

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