Newsletter September 2013

Record Breaking GCSE and A Level Exam Results

GCSE Results

Well done and congratulations to all Y11 students and their teachers for our best ever GCSE results. You worked hard and deserve all of this success.

68% of our students reached the threshold of 5 higher passes including English and Maths.

  • 81% of Y11 students gained at least 5 Higher GCSEs (C or above) which also represents a record high for the school.
  • The average aggregated point score per student reached a record 428 points which equates to an average of 8 grade C passes and 2 grade A passes per student.
  • The proportion of A* and A grades rose to 28% which represents another record high for the school.
  • Nearly all students gained at least entry level qualifications or equivalent and 98% of students gained at least 5 GCSEs (grade G or above).
  • A record 35% of students gained 3 or more A* or A grades.
  • 72% of students made 3 levels of progress in Maths from KS2 and 73% of students made 3 levels of progress in English from Key Stage 2.
  • The Average capped score (best 8 including English and Maths) rose from 342 points last year to 349, which is yet another record high for the school.
  • 12% achieved the English Baccalaureate.

A Level Results 

  • A-E pass rate was a perfect 100%
  • Proportion of A*A grades rose to 27%
  • Grade A*- B pass rate increased to 58% (national 52.7)
  • Average point score per student after 2 years of 6th form remains high at 806 points.

Many of the Year 13 students secured places at universities and colleges across the country some of which are ranked as the best in the world. Some of the students also received bursary payments as their A Level results were so good. The universities who will be admitting The Corsham School sixth formers this week include Oxford, Imperial, Warwick, Exeter, Bristol and Bath. The subjects taken up were also very wide ranging including Medicine, Mathematics, Aeronautical Engineering, Architecture, Criminology, Zoology, Pharmacology, Journalism, French and Russian.

Challenge DayYear 7 Challenge Days
Over the last two weeks, our Year 7 students have been involved in a series of Tutor Group ‘Challenge Days’. This is an important part of our induction programme and has proved (yet again) to be a great success with all students really throwing themselves into the activities.

Led by our own Outdoor Learning expert, Mr Josh Coombs, each group had a whole day of challenging activities out on the field in and around our new marquee. They were also able to spend a session in our renowned ‘Making Room’ with Chris Peecock working on creative ideas related to the day.

The idea of our ‘Challenge Days’ is to encourage the students to get to know each other and their tutor really well and begin to understand the key themes which we promote at The Corsham School such as Teamship, Audienceship and Citizenship. This is done by getting them to work together on some team building challenges and activities including orienteering, problem solving and even outdoor cooking! Time in the Making Room enabled them to start work on some high quality visual records of the things they have learned about themselves and each other

The governors would like to welcome all new parents to the school and congratulate the staff on a great set of exam results this year.

We had our first meeting on 10 September at which Niall Smiddy was re-elected as Chair and Mike Large as Vice Chair and we welcomed Rebecca Stevens as a new governor.

Chris Lynch resigned as a governor after 8 years, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his work as a governor and also with the Young Enterprise scheme.

Just a note to remind you that details of all the governors can be found on the Parent Portal.

IT Upgrade
The School’s IT department have worked tirelessly through the Summer to upgrade all the schools computers to the Windows 7 operating system. This is due to Microsoft and other software providers’ withdrawal of support for Windows XP next year. The School’s broadband provider has also been changed and our speed increased to provide a better service across the school.

The School is leading the way again with a centralised media storage and distribution system, called ClickView, that will allow us to stream media across the school network. It has the added benefit of allowing us to stream videos for the first time on different mobile devices. The first application of ClickView can be seen on the exciting new 6th Form Digital Prospectus found on our School Website. Many thanks to Toby Mott, one of our 6th Form leavers, who worked through the Summer to complete the videos prior to starting at Cardiff University this September.

Parent Portal
New Parents/ Carers should receive their personalised parent portal login details through the post early next week. Please ensure that you keep the letters safe because you will need to login in order to pay for school trips using our School Gateway system.

ISALanguage Department
The Corsham School is proud to announce that we have been awarded International School status (intermediate level) by the British Council.

This is recognition of the school’s commitment to working to instil a global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people. It is reflected by an international ethos embedded throughout the school. In practice this means:

  • the majority of pupils within the school are impacted by and involved in international work,
  • collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of international partner schools,
  • a global element to curriculum-based work across a range of subjects
  • year round international activity.

On 26 September we once again celebrated the European Day of Languages. Alongside our normal array of lessons across the curriculum delivered partially in various languages other than English and foreign language lessons with a focus on the variety of languages across the world, several of our students volunteered to design and lead lessons or parts of lessons with this theme.

Many thanks to them for their enthusiasm, interesting ideas and hard work.

Mrs Wharf, International School coordinator

Drama 1 Drama 2
Our new Drama Club launched last week with great success. The Sixth Formers leading activities were very impressed with the energy and enthusiasm displayed by well over fifty youngsters. Sessions are free to attend and run from 3.00-4.00pm every Wednesday. All students at KS3 are welcome to join, so if you’d like to have some fun and make new friends then do pop along to the Drama Studios!

Year 12 students performed in the ‘Theatre Uncut’ initiative on 19 September, presenting rehearsed readings of brand new plays, by professional playwrights, for a public audience. This scheme is now in its defiant third year and its aim is to celebrate the UK theatre industry’s continued creativity on an international platform, with work generated in spite of the vast arts cuts many companies face. The performances were a real credit to all involved and visitors commented on the maturity and independent spirits displayed by the actors.

New GCSE Drama students are busy preparing for their ‘Museum of Monologues’ performance in S-Block Hall on Thursday 17 October. The promenade performance will begin at 6.30pm and all are very welcome to attend, with tickets available on the door. We hope to see you there!.

School Shop
The Corsham School has launched a School Shop, this is open every day at breaktime for students to buy essential school equipment. The shop will also sell Nearly New School Uniform which will be open on the first Monday each month.

Dates for the Diary
September 30     7.00pm Y11 Curriculum Evening for parent
October 2             Y8 girls’ HPV
October 2            7.00pm Transition Evening for Y6 parents
October 3            Open Working Morning
October 4            Y7 & Y9 photographs
October 7             3.00pm Nearly New Shop (SBH)
October 7             Y8 Curriculum Evening
October 9             Y10 Geography fieldwork
October 9             7.00pm Y7 Focus evening
October 10/11      Y9 CORS History to Ypres
October 12/13      Duke of Edinburgh Expedition
October 14-17      AS Geography field trip
October 16           7.00pm KS4 Focus evening
October 17            6.30pm GCSE Drama evening
October 23           7.00pm Awards evening
October 24/25      Y9 HAMW History to Ypres
October 25           Teacher Development Day, Term 1 ends.

NB: All parents should now have received a copy of our high quality school calendar for display at home. If you have not received this yet, please contact the school