Our high standards are evident in a number of areas – academic, sporting, artistic, cultural and behaviour. We will never compromise on these high standards – and we will commit ourselves to helping our children to be the best. Our high standards are evident in a number of areas – academic, sporting, artistic, cultural and behaviour. We will never compromise on these high standards – and we will commit ourselves to helping our children to be the best they can be.
Our GCSE results were again exceptional in 2017. As we enter a new era of even more demanding examinations, starting with English and Mathematics, I am delighted to say that over 70% of our students passed both English and Mathematics (over 80% for English and 75% for Maths) with almost one in three gaining the Government’s Gold Standard EBACC qualification. We are proud to have a raft of high performing students who gained 8 or more A*/A (or equivalent) GCSEs but also of the progress of all students including those who are less academic. One in six entries were A*/A grades. Similarly in our Sixth Form, which is part of Invictus VI, 40% of entries gained the top grades with a 97% pass rate. Ofsted, at its most recent inspection in November 2012, decided that in all areas the school is ‘outstanding’. However, I would like to stress that, while we are pleased with what we have done, we have not exhausted our ambition – we can, and will, do even better.
Our Sports College Status has brought with it substantial achievements – obviously sporting but also across other subjects and within the local community in areas such as our outstanding productions, community events such as the Senior Citizens Christmas Party, and our International School Award ~ the first to be awarded to a Dudley school. We are, furthermore, one of the first schools nationally to be granted our own Army Cadet Detachment. We were also the first school in Dudley to receive the Leading Parent Partnership Award, awarded at the time to only 250 schools, mainly around London. We have now been reaccredited for the award for a fourth time. We believe that we are the first school to do this. We take seriously the idea of ‘in loco parentis’, the idea that while students are with us we are their parents and, like all parents, we want the absolute best for them. We will also actively help parents help their children whenever they can. This is a school with a good deal of pride in itself – we are proud of our young people and we are proud of the caring education they receive. I would particularly urge you to visit the school and assess for yourself what the place ‘feels’ like. This information pack is the first small step in building a fruitful relationship. It is intended to provide background information about what we are and what we are doing. If there are additional items of information that you require that are not in this pack, then please just ask.
I look forward to meeting you at our Open Evening on 5th October and perhaps even the following week during the Open Week.
Mr. Alan F. Jasper