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Debenham High School is delighted to be named in the top ten schools in the Country for 2015 GCSE performance. The tables are ranked on the proportion of students achieving A* and A grades. Please click here to see the table in full.
Message from the Headteacher
Monday 30 November 2015
We were delighted last week to be named in the top ten schools across the country in The Times Parent Power league tables. Schools are ranked in either those with or without a Sixth Form, the latter being scored by the proportion of students attaining the highest grades. 34% of all grades achieved were A* or A putting Debenham High School 10th nationally for this measure. We know that students in our class of 2015 achieved exceptional GCSE results, across all abilities, putting us in the top 5th percentile of schools for progress, but this further endorsement of the attainment of our most able is testament to their hard work and that of staff.
This week will continue our focus on reading for pleasure as students in the Lower School take on the challenge of Book Mastermind. This is always a hotly fought contest, with often just one or two points separating the eventual winners. Just like the quiz show students complete one round on a book of their choosing, followed by a fiction focused general knowledge round. The winner will go onto the regional competition where last year’s winner, Sophie Caves, came an impressive third.
This Thursday all Year 10 and 11 students will attend a production of An Inspector Calls as part of their GCSE studies. The study of literature forms an important part of the GCSE course and the opportunity to see this play at the Theatre Royal in Norwich is too good to miss. Given the billing of “Hailed as the theatrical event of our generation, winning more awards than any other play in history, this landmark production from the National Theatre has thrilled audiences in the West End, on Broadway and throughout the world with its epic and wildly imaginative staging, raw emotion, evocative score, lashing rain and chilling suspense.” They are in for a treat.
Year 11 students finish their mock examinations this week. Two more days of examinations and then the process of feedback and building for the summer begins.
On Wednesday Year 8 and 9 gifted mathematicians take part in the Intermediate Mathematics Challenge. This test of logic, reasoning and mathematical manipulation is taken by students across the country. With Gold, Silver and Bronze awards achieved in the past we are hopeful for another bounty of awards.
Finally, advance warning of our Christmas Carol Service (well it is December this week) at St Mary’s Church in Debenham on Thursday 17 December at 19.00. We welcome parents, carers and supporters of the school at this festive event.