King’s pupils celebrate after topping tables
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