At the end of last term, we were delighted to receive a letter of congratulations from the Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, congratulating the school on the outstanding progress our students made at GCSE, putting the school in the top 8% of state schools for student achievement in terms of progress, and for the high percentage of students taking GCSE language last summer. This is excellent recognition of the hard work that all students and staff put in here at St Bart’s to ensure that high standards are consistently achieved, and this should not be underestimated. We would like to share the letter, as follows…
29 March 2019
Dear Mrs Mortimore,
I would like to congratulate you and your staff and pupils on the outstanding progress your pupils are making and your school’s high level of GCSE language entry in 2018.
Your school’s Progress 8 score of 0.65, which is well above the national average, shows that you are amongst the top 8 per cent of state-funded mainstream schools in terms of the progress your pupils make between key stage 2 and the end of key stage 4, using the Progress 8 measure.
With 81 per cent of your pupils entered for a language GCSE in 2018, your school is in the top 13 per cent of all state-funded secondary schools in the country. Your school’s language GCSE entries means you are providing pupils with a firm foundation in linguistic knowledge, as well as broadening their horizons and enabling them to embark on further study.
Thank you for your work in continuing the drive towards higher academic standards, and congratulations again to you and your staff for your hard work and professionalism.
With best wishes.
Rt Hon Nick Gibb
Minister of State for School Standards