Y11 Study Support Lessons
Message from the acting Headteacher
We are about to enter our final term at Glenburn and I am very pleased with the positivity and optimism that has been shown by staff and students. Everyone has remained fully focused on making the best possible progress and aiming for excellence. I am also pleased that we managed to retain high quality staff to ensure that students had a positive experience this year.
Our small group tutor system has worked very well and enabled additional intervention in core subjects. In Y9 our focus on improving literacy skills through tutor time has continued. We also introduced SUMDOG which has enabled ongoing numeracy competitions. Our Y11 prefect team have also supported reading in Y9 tutor groups once per week.
In spite of our small numbers we have had success in sport reaching a cup semi-final in football, being placed in netball tournaments and performing very well in badminton. The students should be congratulated on their commitment and work ethic. We are also taking part in a fantasy football competition as part of Schools Fantasy League.
Our senior prefect team have made a real difference to the climate around school. The team have been busy this year and we all enjoyed their heartfelt speech at presentation evening. They have also supported us in setting up staff CPD opportunities. The ‘speed dating’ event they organised enabled staff to share good practice. We also have Y9 class captains who have a leadership role in their year group.
The summer term is about next steps for all. We have been proactive in ensuring that students and staff are prepared for the future throughout the year. All Y9s have had guidance on future careers and Y11s have been supported to obtain college places. We are committed to getting the best transition for all and this will continue until staff and students move onto their next challenge.
Exam Results 2015
More pupils gained five or more GCSE A* to C grades including English and Maths which led to an improvement on last year of 13.5% and enabled the floor standard to be exceeded. There has also been an increase in the number of students gaining A*-C in English, and in Maths. Some subjects have performed exceptionally well and have exceeded national performance. For example, in Art GCSE 91.7% of students achieved C+ grade, which was a significant increase on the previous year. ICT GCSE students achieved 85.7% A*-C and in Textiles 84.6% of students achieved A*-C. Students taking Drama, Child Development, French and Further Maths continue to perform very well. Click here to see headline figures for 2015.
There were some strong individual performances including Lewis Campbell (Y10) who achieved an A* in his French GCSE, this performance was on all four aspects of the exam and he outperformed other candidates nationally. Lewis is now enjoying the challenge of AS French. In Y11 Renate Alferova and Jack Connaughton achieved 12 GCSEs at A*-C with 'A' grades in Further Maths. James Dunn, Rachael Fisher, Samantha Hay, Thomas Newcomb, Becky Skelly, Stephanie Wainwright and Gemma Barraclough also obtained very good results.
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The Governing Body wish to express their deep disappointment that the Independent Adjudicator approved the discontinuation of Glenburn Sports College from August 2016. Governors felt their proposal recognised the demand of the local community for the school to stay open and the future need for school places in Skelmersdale.
The Governors would like to thank all the members of the community, parents, students who have provided unwavering support. We would also like to thank those local council members who opposed the decision and our local MP for her support of the Parent Action Group.
The Governing Body and school staff will continue to work hard to ensure the best outcomes and pastoral care for the Y9 and Y11 students who remain in the school next year.
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