Over Easter we received some great news which I would like to share with you.
Firstly, the school has won a national award for our GCSE results of 2016. The Educational Outcomes Award for 2016 has been given to us for achieving results which place us in the top 20% of non-selective schools nationally. This is based on the grades each child achieved in GCSE/BTEC(s) last summer.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of the national body (SSAT), who gives out these awards following scrutiny of the DfE and Ofsted sources said: ‘It’s my great pleasure to commend Ousedale School on their excellent 2016 performance and to have the opportunity to highlight and share their great work at an SSAT Educational Outcomes celebration event. We know how hard teachers work to ensure the success of commitment and hard work of the leaders, teachers and students at Ousedale School. A big thank you and well done to the pupils, staff and governors.’
Secondly, the school has been awarded a Bronze award for the quality of music at Ousedale School by the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM – the professional body for musicians – congratulated the school, saying: ‘We are delighted to recognise Ousedale School’s achievement in music and celebrate the commitment to music education shown by the school in their high uptake and high achievement of pupils. Music is a valuable subject; it brings value in itself to pupils as well as supporting achievement in other subjects. Music also opens doors and generates educational opportunities for pupils from all backgrounds. We are delighted that Ousedale School values music within their school curriculum, and as the professional body for musicians and a subject association for music education, we are delighted to recognise this high level of achievement with this certificate’.
It is lovely to receive such recognition for our results and the enrichment opportunities we provide in music. Visiting current Year 11 and Year 13 lessons we see, once again, students working very hard with their teachers preparing for the exams of 2017. I am sure you are also supporting at home and encouraging your children to spend time on revision, but also balancing this time with other activities.
We look forward very much to the summer results.