Celebrations over rising exam results

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Staff and pupils at a number of county schools are celebrating after seeing their exam results rise in 2011.

According to the education league tables which were released today, 14 schools in the north and east of the county saw their A-Level results rise and 12 schools recorded higher GCSE results.

Kingswood School in Corby saw more children achieving five A* to C grades, including English and mathematics, rise for the third year in a row.

Headteacher David Tristram said: “During the past few years we’ve seen our results rise from 29 per cent to 39 per cent and again last year to 47 per cent. This is down to the hard work of our staff and students and by using targeted intervention with some students to help them.

“Our new building, which opened in September 2010, has also done wonders for our pupils’ self-esteem.”

Rushden Community College saw its results for GCSEs and A-Levels increase in 2011.

Headteacher Mark Lester said: “This is down to us putting a real emphasis on the quality of teaching and delivering effective learning relationships with young people by working in partnership with them, their parents and the wider community. We track every student’s progress and if they’re not progressing as we would expect we put special arrangements in place. We also arrange additional classes, one-to-one mentoring and offer support to students who are facing issues inside and outside school.”

Sir Christopher Hatton School in Wellingborough also saw improvements at A-Level and GCSE level.

Deputy headteacher Tim Chambers said: “This is because we offer a personalised curriculum made up of a variety of different courses, rather than a one size fits all approach. As a leadership group we put together the strategy but it’s down to our staff and students to make it work.”

Latimer Arts College in Barton Seagrave also saw rises in GCSE and A-Level results.

Headteacher Siobhan Hearne said: “We monitor our students to make sure no-one’s left behind. We offer extra support and mentoring to get pupils to where they need to be. This is all about making sure the students get a good deal here, which they do.”

Mum-of-two Julia Darnell, 40, of Windermere Drive, Wellingborough, is pleased with the support her children have received at secondary school.

She said: “My eldest son is doing his GCSEs at Wren Spinney School in Kettering. He’s already got a C grade in maths and was encouraged to retake English last week because when he took it originally he was one mark off a B grade. I’m really pleased with the support he’s received.”