Kirton school continues to progress

“For our kids, these results are outstanding,” says Middlecott School Kirton headteacher Julia Polley.

James Kirkland, who has earned an ICT apprenticeship at Middlecott School Kirton with his ten GCSEs.
James Kirkland, who has earned an ICT apprenticeship at Middlecott School Kirton with his ten GCSEs.

Results showed an overall rise across all subjects with good performances in French, in which the A* to C pass rate increased by 25 per cent, history by 42 per cent and science by 25 per cent.

Julia said: “As ever, we are delighted with the BTEC results, with 100 per cent of students across all subjects achieving higher grade passes.

“Sixty-three per cent of students who sat English Language GCSE achieved higher grade passes and 72 per cent of students who sat Higher Tier Maths also achieved A* to C.

“The school continues to move forward, which was confirmed by our recent Ofsted visit, which stated we are making progress, and we look forward to further improvements being made as we move towards Academy status in the New Year.”

Julia says the school was placed in special measures by Ofsted in October, but that the inspection organisation is happy with the progress now being made.

She admitted she was disappointed by some results, English in particular, while all other subjects areas had improved by ten per cent.

Julia said: “That’s what I asked staff to do so we are going in the right direction and we have some new staff joining us in September, particularly in English.”

The conversion to academy status on January 1, 2015 – part of the David Ross Academy Trust – would bring its own benefits, she said.

These included being able to work with a range of schools, help and support with recruitment, as well as the financial implications and wider student opportunities.

There were personal successes for a number of students, including Demi Weir, who achieved one A*, an A, four Bs and three Cs; Sara Aifa, an A, a B and eight Cs; Jess Baxter, six As and three Bs; Cassie Doughty, six As and two Bs; Katie Simmons, one A*, three As, four Bs and one C; James Lee, A*, two Bs and six Cs; Matthew McIntee, A*, four Bs and three Cs; Matthew Snow, two Bs and seven Cs; Connor Lonsdale A, four Bs and four Cs and Callum Lawson, four Bs and five Cs.