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.
Headteacher Update - End of Summer Term
7 July 2014
As the end of this academic year approaches, I am just writing to thank you all for your support throughout what has been a productive and positive year at Dyson Perrins. I have been really pleased with how your sons and daughters have made the most of all of the opportunities available to them at school and also with how they have performed in the classroom.
As many of you will know from previous letters about your child's work or the marking in their exercise books, we are very focused on the quality of teaching and learning and it is my aim to continue improving this at Dyson Perrins. From my time spent observing learning in classrooms I can see the potential we have at our school and in 2014/15 I want to build on the good start we have made this year. Our school has been reviewed quite robustly and frequently throughout the course of the year and this has enabled myself and my leadership team to gain a sense of the progress the school is making and highlighted our 'next steps' for continued school improvement. If you haven't seen the most recent 'Incyte Review Report – 17 and 18 June' please take the time to visit our website where you can access the full report in the 'Inspection Reports' section. It makes for encouraging reading and strengthens my determination to make this school as good as it can be.
Year 11 Leaving Day
The Year 11 students at Dyson Perrins enjoyed a memorable last day on Wednesday 21st May. The day was designed to be a celebration for all the hard work and effort that they have put into their studies and exam preparation. It was fantastic to watch them sign shirts and leaving books and also to see their enjoyment when taking part in the football tournament and rounders match.
We were blessed with a beautiful day, making lunch together on the field all the more enjoyable. The final service in the afternoon was a lovely opportunity to recall highlights from their time at school and to listen to accounts given by Form Tutors and students about happy memories they will have of their time together.
Our day culminated in me wishing the year group every success for the future and by releasing over 140 balloons together at the front of the school to mark what has been a really positive year.
I am extremely proud of the work this year group have done – they are a credit to the school.