Court Fields School pupils and staff are celebrating a remarkable increase in performance as this year’s GCSE results are announced. 65% of this year’s Year 11 leavers achieved 5 or more A* to C grades, an increase of 8% on last year’s results.
Less than 2 years ago, in January 2013, the school was judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors and placed in special measures to improve performance. Last year’s results placed the school as one of the most improved in the county.
Head Rachael Bennett sent this message to pupils and their families: “Incredible GCSE results from an incredible Class of 2014. Today was amazing: very happy students, very happy parents, very happy teachers and a very proud school. Your Year 11 children have achieved the best GCSE results Court Fields has ever seen, building on last year’s tremendous success. Students worked extremely hard with their teachers to be the best that they can be and it has paid off. I’m sure tonight and on the weekend many households will be celebrating their child’s achievements and they will be fleecing you for all they can get as their reward!
The key measure that schools report on is the percentage of students who achieve 5 x A*-C including Maths and English. 65% of our cohort achieved this which is an 8% increase on 2013. You will remember that Court Fields was the most improved school in Somerset last year as we improved by an impressive 26% from 2012. Clearly there is no doubt that we are a rapidly improving school, students are achieving well and the changes that we have made to improve student outcomes are working well. We have been highly successful because of the terrific students, great teachers, supportive parents and exfellent Governance all working towards a common goal, responding postively and willingly to new ways of working and new practices that we have introduced. Thank you. This is a great day for our students and your school. Congratulations. I hope Year 11 will come back and let us know how they are getting on a College; I wish every one success and happiness in the next stage of their education and development.”