4th February 2013
It is with great pleasure that I am able to tell you about two recent developments that recognise the success of our work. Many of you will have seen the Ilford Recorder last week which included a report that Mayfield was included in the list of the top 200 most improved schools for GCSE performance between 2009 – 2012. During this period the percentage of students achieving 5 A* – C grades including English and Maths rose from 40% to 66%. Needless to say we are very proud of this and I am happy to report that we are well inside the top 100 of around 4,000 secondary schools, which includes all types of schools including independent, grammar, academies and comprehensives, that are included in the Department for Education’s Performance Tables.
On Thursday I received a personally signed letter from David Laws, Minister of State for Schools, which congratulated the school on being included in another top 100 list, this time for progress that our students made from KS2 to their GCSEs in achieving English, Maths and their best three other GCSEs. Please see below for a link to a copy of Mr. Laws’ letter.
For me in many ways this is the more pleasing of the two accolades as it recognises our success in enabling children, no matter what their prior attainment or social circumstances, to make the best possible progress and we can justifiably say that last year’s Year 11 students made better progress because of being at Mayfield than they would have done had they gone almost anywhere else. To me this is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our whole school community – staff, students, governors and parents – in ensuring that we open doors for students that otherwise may have remained closed.
STOP PRESS: We received a certificate this morning confirming that the ALPS measure shows that Mayfield are in well within the top 10% of all 16-19 institutions nationally for the progress made by our students from the end of Year 11 to the end of Year 13. Please see below for a link to a copy of the ALPs certificate.
I am sure you will join with me in congratulating the whole school community on what is a continuing and growing story of success.
Andy Rehling – Headteacher