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Message from Head of School

Dear Parents/Carers
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you back after the summer holidays to
the start of a new term and a new year. A great deal has happened since the
last newsletter and we have the opportunity to celebrate some great successes at the school.
This year’s GCSE results are the best the school has seen. The hard work of the students and staff during such a difficult year has really paid off.
The North School has been able to achieve 46% 5A*-C including English and Maths, which is a significant improvement on last year. With continued hard work and support from staff, students and parents it represents a significant step towards improvement and academic success.
A level results were also very positive. Particularly noteworthy are the numbers of students achieving A*-C grades which has gone up significantly at A2 this year. My congratulations and thanks to the hard working and dedicated staff and students. I should also like to congratulate the sports department and all the students involved in sporting events over the year. We had a highly successful Sport Awards Evening in July to celebrate the schools sporting achievements and also a very enjoyable sports day at the Julie Rose Stadium.
My congratulations should also go to the Young Farmers Club who excelled this year and won 1st place over all at the Kent Show. What an amazing achievement! Although the school experienced an unsettling year we look forward to embedding the systems put in place and continuing to develop good practice across the school. Great improvements were made in
terms of the quality and quantity of students’ work and the marking of that work. We would now like to see students being given the opportunity to respond to that marking to enable them to improve further.
We would ask parents to support us with this and encourage students to talk about the comments they have received from staff.
A major investment has been made in terms of intervention this year. We have appointed six new members of staff whose purpose is to identify underachievement in students and assist in removing obstacles from learning. They are called Learning Leaders and each community has two of them. They will begin working with students in years 10 and 11, although they will also respond to needs lower down in the school. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s achievement I would urge to contact their subject teacher if you have a concern about a specific subject, or their Learning Leader if the concern is more general. As is always the case we can only respond to what we are aware of. Finally, I would like to emphasise a key factor in improving student attainment which is that of attendance. One of the best and most effective ways for you to support your child’s education is to ensure that they are in school. There is more about this in the newsletter, page 4 and 5.

Mrs N. Hodges,
Head of School