Principal’s Blog – 9th September 2016

Team GB

The Class of 2016

Well, we return celebrating the achievements of both Year 11 and Year 13 over the summer. Our GCSE results saw a significant improvement in the number of students achieving A*-C grades in the new key performance indicators such as the basics (English and Maths), EBACC, Attainment 8 and Progress 8. There were many individual student successes, but in particular congratulations go to Libby Griffiths who achieved 5 A* grades and 5 A grades. Chloe Key also achieved 5 A* grades, whilst Joseph Barron, Chloe Crisp, Jamie Todd and Luke Toulson all achieved excellent results including multiple A* and A grades. At Post-16, students posted the best ever A level results at Minsthorpe with a significant increase in passes at A*-A, A*-B and A*-C.

The statistic that fills me most with pride is the fact that EVERY student in Year 13 who made a HE application got their first choice university! Superb stuff and evidence of what we are doing here at Minsthorpe and proof that the college has a significant impact on student achievement over both five and seven years of education with us. Just as with the GCSE results, there were many individual student successes, but in particular special mention goes to Ben Ramsbottom (AAB), Hannah McDermott (A*BB), Jessica Harnell (A* B Dist*) and Ross Brough and Amelia Hawkins who both secured a triple Distinction* in their BTEC Extended Diplomas.

We are delighted in congratulating all of our students, parents and staff for their hard work in achieving such an excellent set of results! Now we look forward to celebrating the results of the Class of 2017!

Rio Bravo

My theme for student assemblies this week was the lessons that students can learn from the incredible success of our Olympic athletes in Rio. The triumph of Team GB has been built on the idea of the Triangle of Change. This idea has been drummed into the athletes – that the reward demands suffering, that you need a growth mindset and that you have to commit yourself to your dream.

This is what we want our students to understand and for them to want to succeed and be prepared to make sacrifices in order to do so.

Ray Henshaw