As most of you will be aware, Queen Elizabeth High School has undergone significant changes over the last three years with the twin aims of improving the quality of provision and raising achievement. Those of you who have heard me speak at events over this time will know the high aspirations we all have and how we expected these changes to have had a significant impact on exam results this year. Indeed, I have said this so often recently that I was as nervous as the students themselves this summer when the results were published.
I am delighted to say that the hard work of the students and staff, and the changes we have made, have
resulted in the best set of exam results in the school’s history and the best in Northumberland. Although the results from all schools have yet to be officially published, early indications show that we are now the top performing school in Tynedale, North Durham and West Gateshead, the areas with schools that parents in our catchment area might choose to send their children to.
At GCSE level, 76% of students achieved the headline indicator of 5 A*-C grades including English Language and Maths. This was an increase of 7% on 2013. 36% of all entries at GCSE were awarded the top grades of A*/A, again the best in our history. The percentage of students achieving A*-C grades in maths and English Language, the most important subjects for progression onto sixth form courses, apprenticeships and college courses, was 88% and 84% respectively. At AS level, we achieved our best results ever. The percentage of entries awarded the top grades of A and B increased from 39% to 53%. At A Level, we maintained our performance of last year which saw us placed in the top 10 state, independent or faith schools in the North East. 55% of students achieved A*-B grades, another record.
We are not complacent about our success and I am delighted to be working with Mr Atkins, the senior
leadership team and our fantastic staff to ensure that the successes of this year are repeated next year and beyond.
I hope that you will be able to attend the meetings so that we can explain how we plan to improve further and how you can help us to support your child this year. As well as outlining our vision for QEHS with you, we will share key dates and events for the year and outline the intervention and support your child will receive.
I look forward to seeing you on the 11th or 16th September. We have several sessions running on these evenings to cover each year group, so to avoid congestion please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before the scheduled start time as the car park will be very busy.
Mr A Byers
Head of School