It is my pleasure to welcome you to our school.
As a parent myself, I am sure you want to hear some numbers and statistics that demonstrate the excellent achievements of our students here at Headlands School? So here goes…
Headlands School celebrated some of its best ever A Level results in 2015. 78% of our students achieved an A*-B grade or equivalent. The average grade our students achieved was a C+ at A Level and Distinction* at BTEC Level 3. Furthermore 20% of our students secured places at top Russell Group Universities including 2 students with exceptional results, Brandon Leathley (3 A*s and 1 B) and Mason Yousef (3A*). Both are now studying at Oxford University. 97% of our students secured places at universities of their 1st choice.
Our brilliant GCSE results were the most improved in the East Riding in 2015. 55% of students attending Headlands School in 2015 achieved the government’s benchmark of 5 A*-C GCSE’s including English and Maths, this compares to 46.3% in 2014.
Furthermore student’s levels of progress, which are excellent indicators of how well students have attained from their starting points and another government benchmark of “success,” were:
In January 2016 90% of our Year 11 GCSE students achieved an A*-C grade in English. This places our English department in the top 5% of English departments in the country. These were also the best English results of any secondary school in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Whilst I recognise that these statistics are significant, it is important to note here they don’t actually get to the essence of what is so unique about our school.
Student Leadership is the difference; it is what makes Headlands School truly unique. We have the finest students, who take seriously their responsibilities to be great citizens and to create great communities. You will hear Student Leadership mentioned in every school, but in our school it is at the heart of all we do and at the heart of our transformational journey. Our student body drive us all to be better, to take our community more seriously and to make a difference in our community and beyond.
Our school is built on two overriding principles:
1. That every child feels safe and happy at school. A happy child is more likely to succeed. We regularly discuss as a staff body, that a child who is anxious about school, will not spend their evenings doing great homework or striving to excel. We therefore place great emphasis on getting to know every child. Every child will have a meeting four times a year with either me or my Deputy Headteacher to see how they are feeling and if there is any support we can offer them in or outside of school.
2. Once we have established point 1, we then strive to ensure that every student will excel in their studies.
I make no apologies for my next statement. The Governors and I have worked tirelessly to make sure we employ the best staff – be they teachers or members of our associate team. It is these staff have supported and challenged, in equal measure, our students to strive for the best possible results they can.
I recognise, as a parent of two children myself, the importance of coming to look around our school during the working day. Please contact our main reception and ask for a tour of the school, led by either myself or one of my Senior Team. I know you will be impressed with what you see in terms of our students and our staff body.
I trust you will find our website and school both inspiring and welcoming. Welcome to “Team Headlands.”