A Level results day once again provided excellent examination results for the Sixth Form students at Wrenn School with a fantastic 98% pass rate, further building on the successful learning culture that has been developed.
The School also saw a rise in the overall progress of students receiving the highest grades of A*-B at 47%. 81% of students gained at least one A*-B grade, with over three quarters of students gaining at least one A*-A grade, which is an outstanding achievement. Vocational qualifications also saw 100% of students achieving a merit or above. The Extended Project Qualification has seen outstanding results with 100% pass rate and 80% of students achieving A*-B grades. The EPQ is a research based project which provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus. It allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project, which they can directly link to their chosen future pathway.
Individual successes were many and in a range of subject areas; Amy Hay gained 2 A*, A, B grades (studying Psychology at Nottingham University). Shivam Mistry gained 2 A*, 2 B grades (studying Maths with Economics at London School of Economics). Laura Chabrowska A*, Distinction*, Distinction, C grades (studying Law at Essex University).
Louise Ellis the Head of Sixth Form commented “This is a day of celebration for Wrenn Sixth Form but more importantly for our wonderful students and their families. We are immensely proud of our students, it is fantastic to see all their hard work pay off and we can’t wait to see them flourish in the future.”
Listen to the announcement on BBC Radio Northampton by clicking on this link.
Over the course of the academic year Wrenn School has been renovating a double decker bus which is now permanently located on school grounds.
The vehicle has been transformed into a multipurpose scientific learning environment for use by Wrenn School students and local primary schools. The launch event on 11 July was attended by BBC Radio Northamptonshire and students from Park Junior School had the privilege of being the first students to use the array of facilities on board.
In September, Professor Sir John Holman, leading chemist and educationalist will be guest of honour at an event held on the bus to mark the start of the new academic year. This project was made possible through generous donations from local businesses, hardworking volunteers, staff and the Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ initiative.
Nine students from Wrenn School recently completed their Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition in the Lake District.
During their five days they braved the elements and the tough walking conditions while carrying their tent, food, cooking equipment, clothes and all other equipment on their backs.
The expedition is the final component of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold award which the students have been working on for the past twelve months following completion of their Bronze and Silver awards. Sarah Earl, Duke of Edinburgh Leader at Wrenn School, said: “This expedition is the culmination of years of hard work and planning on behalf of these exceptional young people who overcame this final hurdle with determination, resilience and an unbreakable team spirit. The Duke of Edinburgh award is internationally recognised and valued by universities and employers as an indicator of commitment and personal achievement and we’re proud to be in a position where we offer Bronze, Silver and Gold programmes to all of our students.”
Following the announcement that Wrenn School is one of the top 20% performing schools in the UK, Wrenn shortlisted for the Outstanding Progress (Secondary) Award at the Education Business Awards 2019 in recognition for the school’s swift transformation.
The Education Business Awards have a track record of showcasing exceptional schools and sharing success stories and examples of operational excellence.
The awards ceremony in London on 4 July was hosted by TV and radio presenter Angellica Bell. Steve Elliott, principal of Wrenn School, said “The school continues to make massive steps forward and it’s fantastic that we are now recognised as a top 20% performing school, an important milestone towards achieving our goal of being a top 5% performing school.
While we didn’t collect the top prize on this occasion, the nomination for a national award signifies our growing reputation for delivering a first-class learning experience.”
Wrenn has been working closely with the Chartered College. They filmed staff teaching (in order to guide training new teachers on excellent practice) They also filmed our staff presenting the research they have carried out this year. Our staff complete a year long action research project and these all get published into a document.
The Chartered College filmed some of our staff presenting their research and a member of the art team worked on a visual representation of the presentations- to go on display.
Staff have been involved in quite a lot of education research this year and some members of staff have had their work published nationally.
Last week we had the pleasure of watching the year 13 EPQ presentations for their final assessment. The EPQ is the “Extended Project Qualification” which is an extra AS level where pupils are able to complete a research based project on an area they wish. This could be an area of personal interest or it could be something linked to their degree they are choosing to study at University. Students can either present their findings in a 5000 word dissertation or can create an artefact with a supporting essay.
All of our EPQ students spoke confidently to their audience this week about the project they have independently studied and it was fantastic to sit and hear about so many completely different topics. The breadth of knowledge was outstanding and everyone present definitely felt they had learnt something new at the end of the presentations. One commented how great it was to see such hard working students with passion for their studies.
All students reflected at the end of this experience and feel they have learnt valuable information about their topic areas, as well as key skills that are going to help them in their onward journey after sixth form life. These students have spent over 90 hours independently working on their EPQ, which shows huge commitment and dedication to their studies. This EPQ is the equivalent of an extra AS level and I am sure there will be some very pleasing results in the summer. Huge congratulations to the year 13 students involved, and the supervisors who have supported them every step of the way.
Congratulations to our Year 12 Performing Arts Dance group who completed their practical examination yesterday to a live audience.
Melanie Bettles, Amelia Coles, Georgia Curtis and Kim Mafuva have been working hard all year developing their knowledge on their chosen practitioner, Alvin Ailey. They have been analysing his famous dance works and developing their understanding of his stylistics features seen in these pieces. For their final exam they took sections from his ‘masterpiece’ Revelations and were able to create their own 10 minute performance to replicate this new style. The girls all gave a fantastic performance and the audience were blown away by it. They showed strong technique throughout and used their expressive skills to communicate the narrative to the audience.
Congratulations to these 4 students and we look forward to some amazing results from them this summer.