October Half-Term Headteacher Update
It has been an excellent first half term at Dyson Perrins and the 2014/15 academic year has got off to a very good start.
The Year 7 students have settled quickly and made an impressive start; I look forward to charting their progress as they move through the school. At the more senior end of the school, our Year 11 students are working with focus and preparing for their first round of mock exams which start the week beginning 24 November 2014. Mr Wallace, Deputy Head, will be writing to parents of Year 11 students shortly outlining the importance of preparation for the mock exams and giving details of after school intervention and revision sessions which will begin in earnest after the half term break.
I am always proud to be the Headteacher of Dyson Perrins but never more so than at our recent Open Evening. It was great to see so many prospective parents and children in attendance but even better to see what fantastic ambassadors our current students are for us. I lost track of how many positive comments I received about your sons and daughters and I am hopeful that many of the parents who came will choose Dyson Perrins for their children. I would like to pass on my thanks to everyone who either led tours or assisted in departments – you are a credit to Dyson Perrins.
We continue with our drive to make this as good a school as it can possibly be and in early October, I commissioned a further external review in order to check on our overall progress. It was a rigorous but positive experience and I am pleased that they summarised as follows:
"Considerable school improvement has taken place over the past three terms – systems, procedures and new routines are now evidently established and leading to gains in achievement and the quality of education experienced by the students. The leadership team knows the school's strengths and areas for development and are strongly supported by staff and governors in their drive to improve the school. The school is now well placed to consolidate improvements and to raise attainment across all key stages and for all students." Incyte Review, October 2014
I would like to wish you a relaxing half term break and I look forward to a productive second half term as we continue to move things forward at our school.
Exams Success Update
As you may have seen in last week's Malvern Gazette, following a successful appeal with a number of GCSE English exam papers, 2 students were awarded 'C' grades and the school's overall 5 x A* - C inc Eng/Maths has risen to 50%. This is great news for the individual students themselves and also highlights the progress being made at our school.
Stuart Wetson, Headteacher.
Welcome to New Academic Year
Welcome to the new academic year at Dyson Perrins. I hope that you all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer; no doubt you are looking forward to your sons and daughters starting the new term. I would like to extend a special welcome to the parents/guardians of our new Year 7 students. Starting at secondary school is a big step not just for the children but for you as parents too. I would like to reassure you that we take this transition very seriously and that Mrs Jones and her team will be on hand to support your children as they embark on their time with us.
As you may have read in the local press and on our website, I am pleased to report that the recent examination results highlighted the progress we are making as a school. I am particularly pleased to see a 7% increase on the previous year in the number of students who achieved 5 x A*-C grades including English and Maths at GCSE and that rates of progress in English are increasing rapidly, something which is not the case at national level. There were improvements too at A-level and such gains are a credit to the hard work of our students, staff and the support that we receive from you as parents.
Dyson Perrins Academy has only really just started on its improvement journey and I am looking forward to continuing with our plans and to making more progress in 2014/15.
A number of new staff have joined the school including Suzie Bourne (Deputy Head), Yasemin Eroglu (Head of Modern Foreign Languages), Zoe Benson (Modern Foreign Languages), Laura Saunders (Science), Rebecca Harte (Geography) and Jennifer Young (Music). I believe that these colleagues will be strong additions to our team and help us to continue providing the very best education for your children.
I would like to take this opportunity to highlight to parents/guardians of those students entering Year 11 how important this year will be. Your support in helping us to work through what can be a challenging time will be much appreciated.
I look forward to updating you on our progress at regular intervals throughout the year.
Great news at Dyson Perrins!
There was great news at Dyson Perrins C of E Academy as students and teachers alike were celebrating a marked improvement in overall GCSE results. Students at Dyson Perrins gained some excellent GCSE grades that saw the school make considerable improvements compared to last year's outcomes.
Notable individual performances include Emma Witherford who secured the following fantastic grades – 6 X A*, 3 x A, 1 x Distinction and a B grade and Leah Daly who achieved a superb set of results including 5 x A*, 3 x A, 1 x Distinction* and 1 x Distinction.
Newly appointed Headteacher Stuart Wetson said; "I am delighted that our students have done so well and achieved so much this year, if we continue with this impressive upward trajectory who knows what we can achieve in the future? Of course none of this would have been possible without the hard work of the staff, parents and students – it really is a team effort!"
"Due to recent government reform and the implications of this for our students, I am particularly pleased to see our overall 5 x A*-C including English/Maths increase at such a rate thus bucking the trend nationally" continued Mr Wetson. 48.2% of students achieved 5 x A*-C grades including Maths and English and there were also impressive increases in the percentages of students making 3 levels of progress in these subjects.