Headteacher column with Jonathan Britton

Woldgate School headteacher Jonathan Britton.
Woldgate School headteacher Jonathan Britton.

It was a joy to welcome our pupils back from their summer break and especially wonderful to see our new Year 7 pupils joining the school.

Our pupils in Year 7 and Year 10 wore the new uniform with huge pride and looked so very smart.

Our Year 7 and Year 10 pupils wore the new uniform after the summer break and looked very smart.

Our Year 7 and Year 10 pupils wore the new uniform after the summer break and looked very smart.

As the term gets underway, it has been an absolute pleasure to walk around school, visit lessons and to see our community, once again, coming together.

At the start of this new academic year, I am also genuinely excited for our pupils, parents and my colleagues, as we continue to build upon our many successes as a school.

With record outcomes once again, we should, as a community, take huge pride in our many accomplishments.

We should be very proud of the outstanding outcomes achieved by our pupils in main school and our Sixth Form students.

These results accompany our ‘top 100’ status as one of the most improved schools in the country out of 3,800 nationally, our placing as one of the top performing schools in Yorkshire for the second year and we expect to maintain our ranking within York (3rd) and the East Riding (2nd) as one of the highest performing schools.

Our Year 11 pupils achieved outstanding outcomes in their final exams. 50% of our pupils achieved an A*-A grade. 74% of our pupils achieved 5 or more grades A*-C including English and Mathematics, an increase from 70% in the previous academic year.

We are exceptionally proud of our pupils, who have demonstrated dedication and hard work to achieve their desired outcomes.

Results such as these are only possible due to a combination of the determination and commitment of pupils, the dedication of staff in delivering high quality teaching and the support of parents to ensure our young people are cared for, supported and challenged to do their very best. It is this partnership that enables our children to excel in their studies.

80% of our pupils achieved 5 grades or more at A*-C. 83% of pupils achieved an A*-C grade in Mathematics (83% also gained an A*-C in Further Mathematics) and 79% achieved an A*-C in English Literature.

With the average grade per pupil (CB8) being a B grade, we are simply overjoyed at these outcomes for our children, parents and our community.

The Sixth Form has also achieved its “best individual results ever” with 36% of students achieving an A* or A grade and 85% achieving an A* to B grade.

These outcomes are testament to the young people who make our Sixth Form such a great place to learn.

As we start the new term and prepare to welcome new pupils and students joining the school and Sixth Form, we will have an exciting year ahead of us.