Blacon High School has experienced the best year in its history for GCSE examination results in 2013. 83% of students achieved 5A*-C and above GCSE grades with a significant rise in students securing A* and A grades. The ‘legacy’ that has been laid in the school for ambition and expectation and she recognised the achievement of the many students who secured places to study ‘A’ levels, vocational courses and apprenticeships.
The school has worked hard on raising aspirations and ensuring that each student maximises their potential. This has been achieved through a combination of excellent teaching and learning, the intelligent use of data, personalised pathways and high expectations. This has allowed students to exceed their target of 3 levels of progress and to achieve outcomes which have allowed them to secure a place on a post 16 course of their choice.
Raising the aspirations of students has been a key area in this success. The school will be working once again this year as part of the Hope Opportunity Trust Partnership to select students who could benefit from funded bursaries to study for their ‘A’ levels at public schools and selective private schools. These are aimed at our most able students, and in securing these bursaries they are demonstrating that Blacon High School students are able to compete academically with the most able students nationally.
For the first time in its history, students from Blacon High School will be attending the King’s and Queen’s Schools in Chester to continue their education. Amongst these will be Elliot Pye who received a bursary to attend The King’s School, Chester to study A Levels. Elliott swept the board with A* GCSE’s at Blacon High School and was awarded the Lilian Young Award at the school’s celebration evening held on 15th October 2013. Elliot said, ‘The school helped me to achieve amazing things. I will be able to look back at my time at Blacon High School in years to come, and be proud to say: ‘I went there’.