We have been working hard again this week, and have enjoyed sharing some of our learning with some visiting teachers from Sweden!
In maths the children have been learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We will continue working on this next week. We will also be using much larger numbers to consolidate our learning about how tens and ones are important in our maths.
Having looked at a variety of fairy tales over the last few weeks, we are now ready to write our own stories. This week we have been practicing our use of adjectives and ‘sentence joining words’, along with making sure full stops and capital letters are used correctly in our writing. Next week the children will be drafting their own stories, characters, settings and endings for their own stories.
Following on from our work on materials and their properties last week, we have been gathering information on different materials used in the school. The children went on a tour of the school, and used a map to locate the location of different materials.
This will lead up to a walking tour of the Flitch Green area next week and further map work.
Our baskets are beginning to take shape and this week the children have been busy making the base for their baskets. Next week we start to weave the sides.
Finally in dance, having learned and practiced the dance sequence, children have now started to work with a partner to ‘polish’ their performance. The children gave a polished, performance of their dance so far to three different groups of visiting teachers from Sweden. The visitors were suitably impressed based on the fabulous applause the children received!
GCSE Results 2017
The Helena Romanes School in Parsonage Downs, Great Dunmow, saw 68 per cent of students achieve a standard pass in English and Maths.
Star students this year include:
- Holly Grenville, 16, from Great Dunmow, achieved 3 Grade 9’s in Maths, English Language and English Literature; 6 A*’s in French, Business Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geography and an A in Physical Education
- Rowan Knight, 16, from Great Dunmow, achieved 2 Grade 9’s in Maths and English Literature; a Grade 8 in English Language and 7 A*’s in French, History, Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Product Design
- Joanna Holland, 16, from Bannister Green, Felsted, achieved 2 Grade 9’s in Maths and English Literature; a Grade 8 in English Language; 5 A*’s in Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geography and 2 A’s in Spanish and Music
- Gus Barry, 16, from Duton Hill, achieved a Grade 9 in Maths; 2 Grade 8’s in English Language and English Literature; 7 A*’s in Drama, French, History, Physical Education, Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- Joshua Smith, 16, from Great Dunmow, achieved a Grade 9 in Maths; Grade 8 in English Literature; Grade 7 in English Language; 4 A*’s in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Physical Education and 3 A’s in Spanish, Geography and Computing
English results showed a significant improvement, with 85 per cent of students achieving a grade 4 – 9. In Maths the grade 4 – 9 figure is 70%.
The Maths and English GCSEs were new exams with different content and exam paper styles. The new 9-1 numerical grades do not map across in a simple way to the A*-G grades. This dramatic break from what has gone before means that any comparison of this year’s GCSE Maths and English scores with previous years is meaningless. The headline figures incorporating Maths and English grades that schools have quoted in the past consequently cannot be used again.
The 9-1 grades that students have achieved in Maths and English and the A*-G grades for their other subjects will be used by the Department of Education to calculate Attainment 8 and Progress 8 figures for all schools. These will be available sometime in the Autumn term.
Simon Knight, Headteacher, said “This has been a very difficult year for students and staff having to cope with new GCSE’s in English and Maths. I would like to congratulate our students and staff on these outstanding results. There were also some excellent results in other subjects with six subjects achieving 100 per cent A* – C and six more achieving 90+ per cent A* – C.
“Our continued high performance means that more and more of our students are achieving the highest levels of attainment and we look forward to these students returning to our Sixth Form next year to start their A Level’s with us.”
A Level Results 2017
The Helena Romanes School are celebrating a 98% pass rate for our A Level students today. One in three results were A* – B and there was also a significant increase in the A* – C pass rate.
Head of Sixth Form, Donna Wright said: “With the changes to the assessment system, I am delighted with the results achieved by our students this year. These grades reflect very positively on their sustained hard work, the support provided by their parents and the commitment of both the teaching and pastoral support staff at the school.”
Headteacher, Simon Knight added “These results are evidence of sustained improvement across the Sixth Form and I am confident of further success in the future. I would like to congratulate all students on their achievements and wish them well in their future pathways in further study, training or employment.”
Individual students who did particularly well in their A Levels are:
- Morgan Thompson, 18, from Great Dunmow, achieved 2 A’s in Physics and Maths; a B in Chemistry; a B in AS Further Maths and an A in EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). He will study Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University.
- Austin Hodge, 18, from Great Dunmow, achieved an A* in English Literature and 2 B’s in French and History. He is taking a break from studies before going to University.
- Matthew Washer, 19, from Great Easton, achieved an A in Sociology and 2 B’s in Psychology and Law. He is hoping to study Law with Sociology at a University to be decided.
- Adam Hennessy, 18, from Flitch Green, achieved an A* in Geography; a B in Maths; a C in Physics and a B in EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). He will study Astrophysics at Leicester University.
Year 11 student Jeanri Burger, 16, from Felsted was delighted with her result. She took her A Level Dance exam two years early and achieved a B grade with 100/100 for her practical exam.
Victoria Wright, 18, from Great Dunmow, achieved a Distinction starred (equivalent to an A grade at A Level) for Health and Social Care; Distinction* for Applied Science; Distinction* for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship plus a C for A Level Sociology. Victoria will study Criminology and Sociology at Anglia Ruskin University.