OFSTED will be visiting school on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th November 2017.
Congratulations to all Y11 Students.
Today, students at Burscough Priory were celebrating their success in Summer GCSE examinations. In the reformed GCSEs, 77% of students achieved a pass grade 4 or higher in GCSE English with 53% achieving a strong pass and 12% attaining a grade 7+. In mathematics, 80% achieved a grade 4 or higher in GCSE Maths with 59% achieving a strong pass and an amazing 26% attaining a grade 7+.
There were many excellent individual performances with 30% of all entries attaining grade A*, A, or equivalent. Of particular note was the outstanding performance of Luci Mullen who achieved grade 9 in English Language and grade 9 in Maths, a grade 8 in English Lit and 9 grades at A*.
The Headteacher Dr Graham Clarke said, “I am delighted that the hard work of our young people together with the support and guidance from staff and home, has resulted in an excellent set of GCSE results. Students of all talents and abilities have done extremely well. “
Summer Results 2017 Context.
GCSEs are being reformed: the grading system is moving from letters (A*-G) to a numerical 9 to 1 system, with 9 the highest grade. The Content of the new GCSEs is more challenging: new grades are being introduced to signal that these are reformed GCSEs, and to better differentiate between students of different abilities.
The results of the reformed GCSEs cannot be compared with the old GCSEs as they are entirely new courses with a new grading system.
The new grading structure is not directly equivalent to the A*-G system. However, in the first year that each new GCSE subject is introduced, broadly the same proportion of students will get grades 1, 4, and 7 and above, as would have achieved grades G, C and A and above respectively under the old system. Fewer grade 9s will be awarded than A*s.
2017: examinations in the first three reformed GCSEs (English language, English literature and maths) were sat this summer. They will be graded 9 to 1. All other subjects will be graded A*-G.
2018: examinations will be sat for the first time in another 20 reformed subjects under the 9 to 1 grading system, with most other GCSEs following in 2019. The government has decided to describe a grade 4 as a ‘standard pass’ and a grade 5 as a ‘strong pass’.
The new GCSE grades:
A grade 4 and above is equivalent to a C and above: if pupils do not achieve this level they will be required to continue studying English and maths post- 16. Where employers, FE providers and universities currently accept a grade C, they are expected to continue recognising a grade 4.
The grade 5 ‘strong pass’ is being used as a school performance measure. In school performance tables, the government will publish the proportion of students achieving a grade 4 and above, and intends to publish the proportion of students achieving a grade 5 and above. This will not affect individual pupils.
Change to School Lunchtime
Every year, we have to change the timings of the school day to accommodate GCSE examinations that have to start at 1.30pm in the afternoon. So that this can happen, we move the lunch hour forward by one hour so that children start lunch at 12.10pm and finish it at 1.00pm. This change will start on Monday 15th May and continue up to, and including, Tuesday 20th June. After this we will revert to the normal lunchtime.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this causes. If your child normally goes home for lunch but cannot do so because of the earlier time, please contact me at school. They will be allowed to stay and buy lunch or eat their own packed lunch where this is the case.
I have just been informed that the Ofsted inspection of our school planned for Wednesday 26 April 2017 has been deferred by Ofsted in light of our impending Academy conversation, therefore there will be no inspection at this time.
I would like to thank you for your continued support.
Dr Graham Clarke
The steward of the Stanley Club has contacted the school to advise the following:
The Stanley Club car park is a private car park for members only. Please do not use the car park to drop off, pick up or for parking without permission from the club. If parents use the car park in the future they risk having their car clamped or locked in the car park.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Volunteers from the North West Ambulance Service and Lancashire Fire Department visited school for Restart a Heart Day. This is a National and European initiative to introduce CPR to school children. Nearly 500 Burscough Priory Pupils took part in the day and all had the chance to practice essential and lifesaving CPR.
Sophie Hall – 9R
It was the first time I have ever seen CPR being done. It was very helpful and I now know what to do in an emergency. I also thought it was interesting that CPR is taught in Norwegian schools and the rate of survival there is 4 in 10 compared to 1 in 10 in the UK.
Recently two of our students were seriously injured in road traffic accidents and are benefitting from expert on-going care from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. To raise funds to say thank you to Alder Hey, we will be presenting a concert in the school’s main hall on Thursday October 27th at 6.00pm. The programme will feature musical items from students, ex students, staff and Adam Christopher’s band ‘The Late Poets’. Tickets are available from the main office and will cost £3.00. Please contact the school office on 01704 893259 for tickets.
Stagecoach have advised the school that the 2A bus service they operate has had a timetable amendment to accommodate Burscough Priory pupils. The bus will now stop to collect pupils at 3:25pm meaning that no pupils will have to leave lessons early to catch this service.
Our Open Evening will be on the evening of 20th September 2016.
Click here to download a copy of the activities planned for the evening.
School will reopen to students on Monday 5th September at the usual time of 8:50am.
For Year 8 – 11 students:
Students should enter school at the usual time and proceed to their form rooms.
For new Year 7 students:
New Year 7 students should enter through the main entrance (reception) on the first day, from where members of staff will take students to where they need to be; students will be shown which entrances and exits to use from the second day onwards. PE Kits will not be necessary on the first day as timetables will not be known. The school will make allowances for new students to get used to lunchtime arrangements which will continue for as long as necessary to allow students time to familiarise themselves with school procedures; this typically lasts for a week.
Please ensure that any outstanding Biometrics registration consent letters are returned with your child on the first day if not already done so, as this will make it easier and quicker for us to arrange lunches without issues. The same also applies to ParentPay letters, along with ensuring that funds have been applied to your child’s account if he/she wishes to purchase snacks and lunch direct from school.