King’s pupils cel­e­brate af­ter top­ping ta­bles

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

PUPILS at King’s School in Macclesfield are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter it topped per­for­mance ta­bles for schools in Cheshire East for the sec­ond year run­ning.

The Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion’s league ta­bles show King’s in the top rank­ing po­si­tion for both A Level and GCSE re­sults and for both 2014 and 2013 exam re­sults.

The suc­cess fol­lows record re­sults in the na­tional league ta­bles in the sum­mer when King’s was recog­nised as the sec­ond most im­proved sec­ondary school na­tion­wide.

King’s had an av­er­age A Level points score per stu­dent of 940.

Dr Simon Hyde, King’s head­mas­ter, said: “We are de­lighted to have our stu­dents’ hard work recog­nised in this way.

“King’s con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength and we are also cel­e­brat­ing an in­cred­i­ble num­ber of sport­ing achieve­ments in the last cou­ple of weeks, in­clud­ing a na­tional Sil­ver medal in Taek­wondo, na­tional ti­tles in tram­polin­ing and nu­mer­ous county se­lec­tions for our pupils in net­ball, hockey and rugby.”

“Ex­cel­lence comes from a con­stant battle against com­pla­cency. As teach­ers, we must make sure the stu­dents un­der­stand how im­por­tant it is to achieve the best pos­si­ble re­sults for them as an in­di­vid­ual.

“Sim­ply put, not be­ing con­tent with an A if they could achieve an A*.”

“Our rig­or­ous mon­i­tor­ing and track­ing sys­tems make both staff and stu­dents more accountable so that we can stretch the most able stu­dents and also im­me­di­ately flag up and help those who might be strug­gling at a par­tic­u­lar point.

“This en­ables us to tai­lor in­di­vid­ual pro­grammes of study and sup­port.”

The league ta­bles for the county also show King’s is the high­est rank­ing school for GCSE per­for­mance, with 97 per cent of all pupils achiev­ing 5 or more A* to C grades.

Dr Hyde con­cluded: “We’ve re­cently in­tro­duced a new cur­ricu­lum, fo­cussed more on de­vel­op­ing life­long learn­ing skills and in­tro­duced Crit­i­cal Think­ing as a new sub­ject on the timetable.

“It’s part of be­ing what I term ‘An In­tel­li­gent School.’ You set out your aims and the ways to achieve them and then you con­tin­u­ally eval­u­ate progress.

“You have to be ready to ac­cept change and above all be un­afraid to ex­per­i­ment.”

●● Sgt Dave Tomkin­son helps the stu­dents as they co­or­di­nate the mission

●● King’s head of Science Jim Street takes a les­son at the school

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