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A Level Results 2017 - Holyhead School

posted Aug 17, 2017, 6:14 AM by J Grant   [ updated Aug 17, 2017, 6:34 AM ]

It has been yet another amazing set of A Level results with many of our Year 13 students opening results envelopes that will contain grades they will be very pleased with. The students have made themselves, their families and their local community extremely proud and the vast majority of them will be continuing their education at Universities of their choosing. On average, students enter Holyhead School with levels of attainment significantly below their peers in others parts of the UK. However, the aspirations of students and their families remain high and students go on to read Medicine, Law and Accountancy amongst other competitive degrees. The journey from age 11-18 is one where students consistently achieve progress rates equivalent to the top 25% of all schools using the nationally recognised ALPS measures and L3VA benchmarks. Students achieve grades at Holyhead that gives them choices to match their broad ambitions.

  
  
 

2017 has been an especially notable set of results given the national uncertainty around the new A Level specifications. Students and staff have adapted well to the changes and produced record breaking grades that Grammar schools in the leafiest of suburbs would be overjoyed with. It's a special moment for Holyhead School and Soho Ward, the electoral ward it represents.

Below are some of the headline figures followed by some individual stories of academic excellence.

A Level
^ALPS Grade 2/3 (top 10-25% nationally) for student progress. Grade 3 in 2016.
^A*-B rate = 40% (37% in 2016)
- A*-E rate = 98%
94% of students doing BTEC's achieved at least a Distinction

AS Level
^ A-B rate = 34.3% (17% in 2016)
^ A-E rate = 89.8% (86% in 2016)

It does mean that our progress and achievement data is highly likely to compare favourably with the best colleges and 6th Forms in the UK.

There have been some amazing results from our students.

A Level/BTEC Level 3
Rujina Begum AAA (secured grades to read Medicine at the University of Birmingham)
Simran Dosanjh AAB
Ajay Jassal AAB
Najeeb Hussain A*AC
Akash Malhi A*BB
Lamisa Wiltshire 3 x Distinction*
Jamila Khatun 3 x Distinction*

AS Level
Osarumwense Aigbe AAB
Amran Jimale AAB
Annisa Sajid AAB
Tasnia Thoma AAB
Mohammed Junaid Meah AABB

We have also had our first A* grades in Mathematics.

Rujina Begum
Rujina continues to uphold what is now becoming a tradition at Holyhead of our students gaining places to read Medicine at the University of Birmingham. Following on from Jaspreet Takhar, Nahid Hassan and Yazan Hendi in the last couple of years, Rujina secured her place with A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, having also achieved an A grade in AS History.

Two years ago though, the chances of Rujina achieving this success at Holyhead looked slim, having opted to begin her Sixth Form studies at a nearby Grammar school on the back of outstanding GCSE results. It didn’t take Rujina long though to realise that the best place for her to pursue her ambitions was back at Holyhead, and since her return she has flourished in the supportive environment of the Sixth Form, receiving tailored and specific guidance from a number of staff in her pursuit of a career in medicine.

Rujina’s achievement comes as a consequence not only of her outstanding work ethic, but also her willingness to engage in extensive work experience and academic enrichment in the medical field. Her success at interview saw her receive offers from the University of Bristol and the University of Southampton, but ultimately her desire to study close to home has seen her take up her offer from the University of Birmingham.

Rujina was shocked when she opened her envelope, but was looking forward to celebrating with her friends later today after letting her parents know the great news. She wanted to thank her teachers, and was “certain that she wouldn't have achieved these results without the teaching and support she has received, especially from Miss Campbell who has always built her confidence and boosted her expectations”.

Akash Malhi
Akash enrolled at Holyhead Sixth Form in August 2015 having not achieved the grades at GCSE to continue his studies into the Sixth Form at King Edward VI Five Ways School. He arrived having achieved 2 A grades and a combination of B and C grades at Five Ways, and was gutted to not be continuing. Two years on he has now achieved grades at A Level that many of his former classmates would willingly swap with him!

Akash quickly settled into life at Holyhead and has been a wonderful addition to the Sixth Form, not only in terms of his commitment to his studies, but also with his willingness to take on responsibility as a Prefect and his desire to push himself forward organising numerous work experience placements in the field of engineering. Studying Maths, Physics and Chemistry, Akash has really risen to the challenge this year with all of his teachers fulsome in their praise of his enthusiasm and engagement, and the outcomes have been outstanding. With B grades in both Physics and Chemistry and an exceptional A* in Maths, Akash has exceeded his ALPS potential targets and has secured a place to read Aerospace Engineering at Leicester University.

Akash was obviously delighted as was his very proud mother. Akash was full of praise for all of his teachers, especially the availability and support he has received, highlighting that he could see “anyone at any time, whether that was Miss Rheel after school or Mr Sarrah first thing in the morning”. He will be taking his Mom and Dad out for a meal with his first pay packet to celebrate and Mom was exceptionally proud that he has achieved what he’s worked for, and was also grateful for all the help he has received whilst at Holyhead Sixth Form.

RSA Academies Newsletter - 13th September 2017

posted Jun 15, 2017, 6:47 AM by J Grant   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 12:35 AM ]

Student Support and Welfare - Punctuality

posted Apr 7, 2016, 12:10 AM by J Grant

Dear Parent/Carer,

I would like to thank all parents and carers for supporting our drive to improve punctuality. Very few students are now arriving later than 8.45am.

From 11th April 2016 we will continue to operate the same system of detentions for all students who come late but in order to ensure that lessons are able to start promptly at 8.45am we are asking that all students arrive on site by 8.40am each morning​.

Please reinforce with your son/daughter the need to be in school by 8.40am. Any student arriving through the school gate after this time will deemed to be late. This slight adjustment in time is to enable them to have arrived at their lesson, ready to begin their learning at 8.45am. By working together we can ensure the best possible start to every day for all of our students and make sure we maximise their learning opportunities.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully,

Adrian McLean
Vice Principal – Student Support and Welfare

Student Support & Welfare - Student hairstyles

posted Apr 7, 2016, 12:05 AM by J Grant   [ updated Apr 7, 2016, 11:49 PM ]

Dear Parent/Carer

We have high standards and expectations regarding our students uniform and thank you for your support with this. It has become apparent that a small minority of students have chosen to have inappropriate hairstyles with bright coloured extensions or hair dye.

I apologise to the vast majority of parents who might wonder why we are sending yet another reminder. Unfortunately, every term we return to find that a very, very small number of students have chosen to have inappropriate hairstyles or colours over the school holiday period.

We have been very clear about what is acceptable at Holyhead and what isn’t. This is done via letters to parents, through the school passport and through regular assemblies. Guidance is also posted on our school website in our uniform policy. We endeavour to be as reasonable as we can with regards to what is and is not acceptable, whilst still allowing students to have some individuality. Hair must be one, natural colour.

I understand that some parents may ask how a haircut/hairstyle can impact on learning. Our response to this is clear: having ‘rules’ makes life easier for everyone and it creates a safer environment. Avoiding extremes of hairstyle means that all students look smart and professional and this impacts on the reputation of the school and the students. If our school reputation is good, students are more likely to get college or work placements in future. Having rules means that boundaries are in place and it teaches students that life and work involves boundaries for all of us. Over 95% of our school population will not be affected in any way by this.

On Monday 22nd February 2016,​ when students return to school after the half term break, any students who do not adhere to the rules will remain off timetable until their hairstyle/colour meets our school policy.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries in respect of the above arrangements and thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely

A McLean
Vice Principal: Student Support & Welfare

RSA Family of Academies

posted Mar 27, 2015, 3:15 AM by J Grant   [ updated Jul 5, 2017, 11:43 PM ]


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RSA Academies introductory film

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RSA Replay: New Voices on Climate Change

posted Mar 19, 2015, 2:32 AM by Mark Giudici   [ updated Mar 19, 2015, 4:03 AM ]

Over the years the stage at the RSA has hosted politicians, journalists, professors along with many other distinguished guests. On Tuesday 17th March, former Head Boy and current Vice-President of the Sixth Form, Kobir Ahamed took to the stage and delivered a speech of true passion and conviction about climate change. Watch his speech below:-

YouTube Video


More  information about the event can be found by following the link below:-

Performance League Tables

posted Mar 5, 2015, 11:18 PM by J Grant   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 11:20 PM ]

Holyhead is pleased to announce the publication of the national GCSE and A Level Performance League tables which show this has been yet another outstanding year for our students. 

Compared to schools locally and nationally Holyhead students have performed exceptionally well. At GCSE, excellent progress has been made in both English and Maths, with 40% of students exceeding their expected grades.

Our Sixth Form continues to go from strength to strength, with all students going on to higher education and many to red brick universities. Our A Level teaching continues to impress with students gaining top grades across the board.

Please click on the link below for further information and to compare Holyhead’s results against other schools:

Performance league table

Catering Management Consultants

posted Dec 8, 2014, 4:41 AM by J Grant   [ updated Dec 9, 2014, 4:47 AM ]

NEW FOOD STANDARDS

January 2015

Important information in relation to school lunches and allergens

A new piece of European legislation – The Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) comes into force on the 13th December 2014.

This new regulation builds on current allergen labelling provisions for pre-packed foods and will introduce a new requirement for allergen information to be provided for foods sold pre-packed, sold loose or open food served.

What does it mean for our school?

The EU law has listed 14 allergens that need to be identified if they are used in any of the food and “loose” drinks served to our pupils.

We won’t have to stop serving anything that we currently serve, but the catering team must be aware and have information to hand, if asked, on the contents of all food and “loose” drinks served.

This new legislation does not replace or alter any of the care plans/ procedures that may be in place for students that have allergies already.

The allergens we now have to hold information on are:

CELERY

CEREALS CONTAINING GLUTEN

CRUSTACEANS

EGGS

FISH

LUPIN

MILK

MOLLUSCS

MUSTARD

NUTS

PEANUTS

SESAME SEEDS

SOYA

SULPHUR DIOXIDE


Our Catering Supervisor has attended a training workshop and is now armed with the knowledge and the tools ready to comply with the changes in Decemebr 2014.

The school have purchased some Allergen Information baords that will be on display in the school dining school hall what will advise students where to seek infoirmation, should they wish to make enqueries about ingredients used in dishes prepared on site.

If you or your child requires any further assistance with this information or Allergen information in general, the Catering Supervisor or Catering Consultant can be contacted via the following emails:

sgaffney@holyheadschool.org.uk or tina@cmcschoolfood.co.uk

Yours Sincerley

Catering Management Consultants

On Behalf of Holyhead School

Teaching School

posted Oct 7, 2014, 6:07 AM by Mark Giudici

Holyhead School has been chosen to help train the next generation of teachers, emphasising the high standards always shown by the city school.

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