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What does Ofsted say about our school?
"Examination results are improving because of outstanding teaching, an excellent innovative curriculum and the outstanding care, guidance and support (students) receive."
"Learners make excellent progress and the great majority reach or exceed their challenging targets so that the … are outstanding.
Our examination results are outstanding. But then, they should be! Because we have first class staff; excellent resources; motivated, well-behaved, committed students, and the strong support of parents.
As a grammar school, we are very fortunate in that respect and, of course, any girl who attends Highsted has those benefits not only for the whole time she is at the school, but throughout her life.
Class of 2018
Year 13 A-level Overview
Once again it has been another record year for students completing their A-level studies at Highsted Grammar School. We are very proud of how our students have performed this year; they have risen to the increased challenge and achieved excellent results at A-level.
The high level of achievement is excellent considering that the challenge of A-levels has increased once more with the transition of most subjects to new style examinations. The percentage A*/A grades has increased to an impressive 38% with a significant proportion (65%) of all grades being A* - B. This high attainment is evident in a number of facilitating subjects including Art, History, English, Mathematics and Geography. We would thank staff and parents who have worked particularly hard this year to support students for this additional challenge and we are rightly proud of their success.
There are some amazing individual successes across the full range of academic achievement. At the top end, an exceptional number of students gained straight A*/A grades. Maria Doria, Anna Kent and Sian Low all achieved three A* and one A grade each. One fifth of the cohort achieved three or more A*/A grades, which is an exceptional achievement when nationally the percentage of students securing a C grade or above has fallen. Anne Kelly Headteacher stated, “Students have demonstrated a firm commitment to learning and success that is evident in their outstanding results. We wish them every success in their higher education and future careers."
Year 11 GCSE Overview
Highsted Grammar School is delighted to report another year of excellent achievements by pupils in their GCSE examination – with 53% of all results at Grades 9-7.
While nationally only 2% of grades are expected to be awarded at Grade 9, a remarkable 11% of all Highsted’s GCSEs were awarded the very top grade! The pupils have clearly responded with exceptional commitment, evident in one third of grades being awarded a Grade 8 or 9. It is particularly pleasing to see 21 pupils gain at least ten Grade 7s or above which is a new record for the school. These exceptional performances are from the following pupils: Tami Alhassan, Olivia Auston, Gabija Barkute, Hannah Blacklock, Louisa Briggs, Orion Corder, Libby Francis, Holly Ibrahim, Phebe Ijaduola, Elena Jury, Elaina Mason, Shannon Pardoe, Rebecca Scholefield, Ibukunoluwa Shangobiyi, Tierney Sharp, Ella Thorpe, Charlotte Todd, Bethany Tremain, Ella Waghorn and Lucy Whiskin.
We are absolutely delighted by these results and are full of admiration and pride for our pupils - they thoroughly deserve this considerable level of success. The pupils with the support of their parents have worked exceptionally hard to achieve these results, and the efforts of staff cannot be understated. The whole school community is understandably delighted.
Anne Kelly, Headteacher
Class of 2017
Year 13 A-level Overview
Once again we have achieved 100% A-level pass rate! Our students have worked extremely hard to produce these excellent results and we are very proud of all that they have achieved – they are a credit to themselves and the school. We would like to commend the dedication and talent of the teaching staff who, together with the families of our students, have provided much support during their time at the school.
- Overall pass rate: 100%;
- A*/A grades: 30%;
- A*/B grades: 61%;
- Additionally, 69% of students achieved at least one A* or A grade (an increase of 6% over the 2015-16 results.)
With the A* grade to identify those truly outstanding students, competition at A- level for the best university places is extremely fierce. We are delighted that our students have secured their offer of a university place to commence study in September! Several students achieved an A* recognition in at least one A-level within their programme, but of particular mention are students Lucy Burns, Isobel Clark, Rebecca Crouch, Maisy Crunden, Beth Fairlie, Emily Hall, Rachel Hardgrave and Bethany Johnson.
We offer our congratulations and very best wishes to everyone who is leaving Highsted this year and trust that the education they have received will continue to support them throughout their future careers.
Year 11 GCSE Overview
With great excitement and trepidation, Year 11 students learned the product of their hard work and determination to succeed in their GCSE examinations. Staff and students alike were thrilled to see that students had performed exceptionally well in their examinations, with nearly 50% of the grades in full course GCSE subjects being either an A* or A.
Sixteen students achieved more than ten A* or A grades, with 13% of students being awarded the new high standard of a grade 9 in English or Mathematics. Deserved recognition can be attributed to Natasha Ali, Katie Dennis, Holly Jones, Rosie Milns, Bethany Misy, Laura Stokes and Heather Wilson, who each achieved 11 or more A*/A grades.
Assistant Headteacher Frances Tiernon-Powell commented, “We are particularly pleased with the resilience that students have shown in a new age of assessment which demands a significant commitment from students and support from teachers to excel. We are confident that the students’ performances this year will ensure they are able to further their ambitions in the next stage of their education.”
Class of 2016
Highsted Students Soar to New Heights…
The Sunday Times have published their annual School Guide, ranking the best state and independent secondary schools in the UK. Within the League Table for selective schools, Highsted Grammar School has been ranked in 136th position, the highest performing grammar school in Swale! The Sunday Times league tables rank schools by the number of A* - B grades students achieve in their A level exam results. In 2016, Highsted students achieved 69% A*-B grades at A level; performance which positions Highsted among the best schools in Kent.
Headteacher, Anne Kelly was delighted with the news stating, “I am enormously proud of the achievement of our students as they have worked extremely hard to produce these outstanding results; they are a credit to themselves and the school.”
Year 11 GCSE Achievements
Following on from Highsted’s record A-level results last week of 69% A*-B, our Year 11 students have also performed exceptionally well in their GCSE examinations, with nearly 50% of the grades in full course GCSE subjects being either an A* or A.
Twenty students achieved over 10 A* or A grades, which was 12 more than last academic year. Of particular mention are Cerys Demmone, Alyssa Francis, Chloe Hornbuckle, Sian Lo, Amy Manning, Tethi Patel, Abbie Roberts, Bethany Sherrott, Mai Tumber and Tara Winterbourn who each achieved 11 A* grades.
We are tremendously proud of our girls and delighted with the results that they achieved – the strength of the girls’ results will help to give them a real competitive edge in their future careers. The performance of the students was a credit to the effort and commitment of both the students and their teachers.
Year 13 A-level Achievements
We have once again achieved 100% A-level pass rate! Our students work extremely hard to produce these excellent results and we are very proud of all that they have achieved; they are a credit to themselves and the school. We would like to commend the dedication and talent of the teaching staff who, together with the families of our students, have provided much support during their time at the school.
Overall pass rate: 100%
A*/A grades: 34% (14% increase from the 2015-2016 academic year)
A*/B grades: 69% (13% increase from the 2015-2016 academic year)
63% of students achieved at least one A* or A grade (an increase of 2% from the 2015-2016 academic year)
The average point score for our students was the equivalent of three A* grades
(left to right): Amber Moys, Holly Boorman, Charlotte Johnson, Poppy Beer, Bethany Evans, Brogan Bowditch, Florrie Anderson, Lydia Banyard and Lucy Hayes.
With the A* grade to identify those truly outstanding students, competition at A-level for university places is extremely fierce! We are delighted that 97% of our students have secured their offer of a university place to commence study in September! Several students achieved an A* recognition in at least one A-level out of their programme, but of particular mention are students Holly Boorman, who achieved 4 A* grades; Amber Moys, Bethany Evans and Charlotte Johnson who each achieved three A* grades; and Lydia Banyard and Poppy Beer who each achieved two A* grades as part of their results.
Overall the majority of students have achieved four subject grades with 34% of students (14% increase from the 2015-2016 academic year) achieving at least three or more A*/A grades and 69% of students (13% increase from the 2015-2016 academic year) achieving at least three or more A*-B grades.
We offer our congratulations and best wishes to everyone who is leaving Highsted this year and trust that the education they have received will continue to support them throughout their future careers.
Anne Kelly (Headteacher)