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5th October 15

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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.

Message from the acting Headteacher

The final day of the summer term was marked with reward events for all year groups. It was a fitting way to say farewell to the Y7s and Y9s who were leaving for their new school. There were activities from zorb football to glitter art and the event was enjoyed by staff and students equally. We wish all students who left us in July every success in the future and we are confident they will settle in quickly.

There have been some changes over the summer which has included moving some department areas. English will now be based in block 3 as part of the Languages department and Maths will take place in the HUBs in block 2. We have been busy getting our rooms ready to welcome students back to school.

All students have new tutors that are much smaller in size. This will enable academic mentoring and intervention to occur four times a week.

Most year 10s and Y11s came into school in August to collect examination results. There are numerous pupils who have performed really well and should be congratulated. We are proud of every single student and wish them success for the future. More pupils gained five or more GCSE A* to C grades including English and Maths which led to an improvement of around 10% on last year. 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 are expected to exceed national performance. For example in Art GCSE 91.7% of students achieved C+ grade, this was a significant increase on the previous year. In 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. 

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. 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.

We look forward to our small set sizes and double staffing of many lessons supporting further improvement this year.

Karen Ingham
Acting Headteacher

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