Welcome to the new academic year. 2019/20 promises to be a very exciting academic year for many reasons. We begin by celebrating the achievements of our GCSE students. We are proud of all the students who worked hard to achieve their potential whatever the grade or level of qualification, but as we had a focus this year on ensuring that those who should be getting highest grades did so, we are pleased to share the following highlights:
• 61% increase in grades 9 or 8 compared to last year
• 35% increase in grades 9.8 and 7 compared to last year.
• Maths – 10 students achieved grade 9 and 13 achieved grade 8
• English – 35 students achieved grades 9-7 (up from 16 last year)
• Religious Studies – 74% achieved grade 7+
• History – 34% achieved grade 7+
• Geography – 29% achieved grade 7+
• Drama – 5 grade 9s and 24% achieved grade 7+
• Technology – 25% achieved grade 7+
• Science – 73% achieved grade 4+ in at least two sciences (up from 63% last year)
A number of students in year 8 completed a Project qualification which is a GCSE equivalent graded on the old letter system. The vast majority of these students were awarded A or A*, with every candidate getting C or better.
This year will also see some significant improvements to our school site as the old drama/vocational block is completely rebuilt and 5 new classrooms, including new science rooms, are added. Whilst the building work will undoubtedly cause us some logistical challenges in the short term, the long term gains in terms of space and improved indoor student movement around the site will eventually compensate. We will be consulting publicly on expanding our intake (by one class per year group) during this year.
On the 1st September 2019 Manningtree High School became a member of the Alpha Trust, joining the Gilberd School, Colchester County High School for Girls and the planned Trinity School in that Multi Academy Trust.