GCSE and A Level Results Days at the West Bridgford School are always one of the highlights of the year. After many years of hard work, students finally find out if they have managed to attain the grades that will allow them to move onto the next stage of their lives, equipped with the tools that will allow them to follow the routes they aspire to. We are pleased to report that 2017 has been yet another very successful year, and we were able to celebrate the vast majority of our Post-16 students moving onto the university or apprenticeship of their choice. Our GCSE students also achieved wonderful results, resulting in record recruitment to the Sixth Form, with our other leavers going onto a range of meaningful courses at college. In the paragraph below we have tried to explain how the school has done in terms of ‘school measures and accountability’. Results are only part of the story of ‘Results Day’ however. The work of staff and parents in striving to maximise the potential of every student, both academically and in their education of the whole person, has resulted in the West Bridgford community delivering another year of exceptional young people to the world. This is something that we, as a community, can be proud of. We wish them well in their endeavours. Now begins the hard work of delivering on the potential of the class of 2018!
As parents are no doubt aware this is the first year of the GCSE English and Maths ‘9-1’ grades, and combining this change with last year’s comprehensive changes in school accountability measures, presents the school with a challenge when comparing our results with previous years. The nearest direct replacement to the old ‘gold standard measure’ of 5 x GCSE C grade including English and Maths is the new ‘basics’ measure of the percentage of students achieving C or above passes in English and maths. As almost all students achieving this level will also get further ‘good’ passes in other subjects and would consequently have met the previous benchmark, this measure does provide some comparison with previous years. Thus we have calculated this years ‘5 Standard (Grade 9-4) Passes inc English and Maths’ as a comparison with the old measure:
This record result leads us to believe that our students have performed admirably and delivered stunning results.
To further muddy the waters the DfE is also reporting on a ‘Strong Passes’ (9-5) in English and Maths. Our ‘High Challenge’ externally set target for this was 72% achieving 9-5 in English and Maths. We achieved 77%.
The second new measure is known as Attainment 8 (A8 for short) which shows the average grade obtained by all students in the school from 6 ‘high value’ qualifications (English and maths count double, giving a total of 8). The average grade for our students this year is a ‘B’ which is a full grade and a half higher than the national average.
Of course we know how fortunate we are to have so many able and hard-working students at West Bridgford who are always likely to do very well in their examinations and so it’s perhaps unsurprising that they achieve a high average grade. However, the third new measure called Progress 8 (P8) takes the outcome from A8 and looks to see how much progress students have made from their KS2 starting points. Our exact outcome for P8 will only be known when the government has processed all of the exam results from across the country but early indications suggest that we are likely to have achieved a score that surpasses last year’s P8 of 0.33. This means that students will have done, on average, better than 0.33 of a grade better per subject than could have been reasonably expected from their starting points. As P8 is likely to become the new ‘gold standard’, our score on this measure is probably the one we are most proud of this year as it shows very clearly the exceptional progress our students make in their time with us. This high progress is has been achieved by all groups of students in the school, of all abilities.
The final DfE measure shows the percentage of students who achieve the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) which requires a grade C/5 or above in all of the core academic subjects of English, maths, science, humanities and modern foreign languages. Although this is certain to be the least important of the new measures and, unlike many schools, we have never insisted that students opt for the entire EBacc suite, almost all of the students going down this route did achieve this mark.
At A Level our students achieved a very impressive ‘B’ grade average for their ‘Best 3’ A Level Results. On average they achieved a full quarter grade above what could be reasonably expected. We are very pleased with these results.
This year has been a very successful one for WBS in the Maths Challenge thanks to all the enthusiastic pupils who took part. Across all three Maths Challenges, 79% of pupils who took part received a certificate for their achievement, while 24 out of the 135 pupils who took part were invited to participate in the follow-up round for their age group. Special mention goes to Ethan Sosin and Sam Liew, who both received medals for their outstanding achievement in the Junior and Intermediate Olympiads respectively.
“The UKMT Senior Maths Challenge is an interesting and engaging series of papers suited to gifted maths students. It allows us to apply maths we learn to problems outside of our curriculum, develop our problem solving skills and introduce us to a more abstract area of maths, maths for itself. It also stretches students and allows natural mathematicians to express their true ability in some very interesting mathematics. I would highly recommend taking part in the Maths Challenge to any aspiring mathematicians who may wish to study mathematics further, or who just enjoy maths as a subject.” Robbie Keywood and Nathan Schofield, Senior Maths Challenge participants
6:30 from school is when we'd depart,
And this is where our journey would start,
The German exchange is what we were on,
The coach journey was fun but rather long,
14 hours later we were finally there,
The girls faces no makeup and bare,
All very tired but ready to go,
Our partners were there to point and show,
We settled down for the night,
Hoping that the mosquitos wouldn't bite.
Free time in the Köln was rather sound,
Ellis and Leo navigating around,
Even though the museum was interesting,
A lot of us weren't even listening.
The weekend had come and it was time to relax,
Well that's what we thought but we lived life to the max,
With the families we went to Phantasialand,
But after all the rides we couldn't even stand!
Over 10 thousand steps I walked that day,
All of us ready to relax not play.
But the next five days were still to come,
All of these were full of fun,
Aachen on Monday meant three countries done,
We were lucky as the sun shone.
Next was Bonn and Haribos galore,
Toly bought lots from the store.
A Rhine boat ride up next - a rest was well-earned,
Leo spent too long in the sun and burned.
Königsallee in Düsseldorf was very flash,
This did mean we spent a lot of cash!
The Neanderthal museum was good as we wandered through dirt,
Ellis was chuffed with his new t-shirt.
Cologne again only not for so long,
The decision to buy ice cream was not wrong,
Back to school for a football game,
Luca couldn't play, what a shame,
After an early start we said bye to our partner,
MickMikes stories had no middle, end or start,
We were sad to leave them in Germany alone,
But now everyone was ready to go home,
I could always tell you more,
But then I may become a bit of a bore.
Leo McGrath and Luca Marshall
More photo's from the German Exchange can be viewd by clicking here
The West Bridgford School Dance girls have been particularly busy in the past few weeks with some excellent show stopping performances and fantastic successes.
On Monday 3rd July 34 students took to the stage at The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough to perform at the National Final of ‘The Great Big Dance Off 2017’. The two groups (KS3 and KS4/5) qualified for the final earlier in the year after tough competition from across the East Midlands in the Regional heats. The KS3 students, many of whom were representing the school for only the second time, impressed the judges with their dance piece entitled ‘Empowerment’.
The KS4/5 students took to the stage, some of them for the final time, with their dance piece ‘Flight of the Geese’. This piece was inspired from the stimulus of the migration of Canadian geese however, displayed the theme additionally of the current topical issue of migration.
It was a nervous wait for the students (and staff!) when awaiting the results. The auditorium was filled with suspense and excitement in equal measures. The competition was fierce with many fantastic performances from across the UK. The compere announced that the KS4/5 group had placed in a super-impressive 3rd place and only one point behind 2nd place! The West Bridgford School now stands ranked 3rd Nationally for competitive dance within schools across the UK! A fantastic achievement for all. Well done girls!
To finish a fantastic year of dance the girls performed again only two days later in the annual Summer Showcase held at The West Bridgford School. There were many dazzling performances including GCSE Choreography pieces as well as some Disney performances which were performed in Paris back in February. The dance pieces which competed at ‘The Great Big Dance Off 2017’ were also performed and enjoyed by the audience as well as the ‘Final Dance’ created and performed by the five departing KS5 students who have been dancing with the school since the company first started. Emotions were high amongst all students and staff and it was a fantastic evening to celebrate all dance achievements from the past year.
We have some very exciting opportunities coming up again in the coming year. If you are a budding competitive dancer and would like to know more, or are new to dance and would just like to give it a go please contact Miss Rodgers for more information.
We would like to wish all the students a restful summer and for those that have moved to pastures new, good luck in your future studies and journeys and we hope to see you at one of our future performances! Thank you for all your hard work, commitment and enthusiasm throughout the year!
West Bridgford has a long standing tradition of outstanding athletics success and this season has been no different with our teams producing some brilliant team and individual performances. We enter as many events as we can to ensure students get as many opportunities as they can to compete and to improve over the various athletic disciplines. Here is a summary of the Athletics Season -
ESAA National Cup
Every year we enter four teams into the highly competitive and prestigious ESAA National Cup and 2017 was no different. At the County event we scored enough points in in the Junior Boys, Junior Girls and Intermediate Boys to progress and they all represented the County at the Regional Finals at Harvey Hadden in June. The Regional Finals includes the highest 8 points scoring school teams from Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
The step up in class was significant and although all three teams scored more points than the county event we were unsuccessful in gaining qualification to the National Finals in Oxford. However, the Intermediate Boys finished second and missed out on a place at the prestigious National Finals (top 8 schools in England) by 6 points!! This is the closest West Bridgford have EVER got to reaching this national event. A fantastic achievement given some of the resources available to the numerous private and larger schools that tend dominate at this level.
Rushcliffe Area Championships
In the Rushcliffe Area Championships, the Year 9/10 teams once again were victorious in winning the overall competition with three teams winning their respective agecategories and just the Junior Boys missing out by
finishing second. Some noticeable performances came from Bea Munro who ran 4.59 in the Junior Girls 1500m, Lauren Harrison-Oakes who threw 21.68 in the Inter Girls Discus, Toby Percival who ran 4.30 in the Inter Boys 1500m and Harry Keown who jumped 5.42 in the Inter Boys Long Jump and Matthew Bondswell who ran 22.9 in the 200m. Perhaps the highlight of the event was the Intermediate Boys 4x100m relay who clocked an impressive 46.23 seconds (11.5 seconds each is seriously quick!).
In the Year 7/8 Rushcliffe area Championships the athletes acquitted themselves fantastically well with some outstanding performances. Some particular highlights were Alice Godley whose sprint finish took her from 4th to 3rd place in the 1500m, Chloe Dickens winning the 100m sprint by over 5 metres, Romy Kells and Cat Devlin who finished 1st and 2nd in the Year 8 discus, James Kamochi winning the Year 7 Triple Jump, Edward Parry and Dylan Hughes finishing 1st and 3rd in the 1500m and Aidan Masters performing so well in the high jump. At the time of going to press, we were still waiting for the results but at first glance it appears that once again West Bridgford will be right at the top of the pile!!
Sports Day 2017
As in previous years the PE department run a sports day for each of the four remaining year groups in the summer term and this year huge congratulations go to, 8, 9, 10 and 11 who were successful in winning their respective sports days.
The first sports day of the year was won by 8F who beat 8C by 21 points with the standout performances on the day coming from Lily Moss in the High Jump, Eva Straw in the Javelin, Tom Southgate in the 1500m and Aidan Masters in the High Jump.
Second up was the Year 9 sports day and 9F successfully defended their sports day title and won by some margin. Cat Devlin, Edward Parry and Saskia Holland producing standout performances and scoring top points for their form.
The Year 11 Sports Day is to be held on Friday 14th with the 4th and final event, the year 10 competition, to be held on Wednesday 18th July so fingers crossed for good weather and good performances to finish these events.
English Schools National Competition – Alexandra Palace, Birmingham.
On Saturday July 7th Matthew Bondswell represented Nottinghamshire in the Intermediate Boys Triple Jump at the English Schools Track and Field Competition. Matthew has qualified for this event for three years in a row and continues to make solid progress in an event that he really excels in. In 2015 he finished 4th as a bottom age Junior Boy, in 2016 he won the event to become National Champion as a top age Junior Boy and this year as a bottom age Intermediate he finished 2nd taking the silver medal jumping 13.67m. Many congratulations on this fantastic silver medal.