You might not know but I’m Chair of Blackheath Bluecoat Secondary School in South East London.
We’ve had a difficult couple of years but today our pupils (pictured above) have done something remarkable.
In spite of enormous instability caused by situations beyond their control, they’ve just gone and scored a record set of GCSE results for the third year in a row – making the school one of the fastest improving in the country.
Needless to say this it has given me great satisfaction and pride to write this press release below.
Blackheath Bluecoat Church of England School
GCSE Results, August 2012
Blackheath Bluecoat Church of England School is celebrating record GCSE examination results for the third year in succession, in spite of having its BSF funding cut and being told it is to close.
53% of pupils achieved 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Mathematics which is a 3 percentage point improvement on last year’s results and a 34 percentage point improvement on the 2006 results at the South East London school.
In addition, 70% of pupils achieved 5 or more A*-C grades in any five subjects which is a 13% improvement on last year’s results.
Headteacher Mr Barnaby Ash said: “We are delighted that our pupils’ hard work has paid off. One of our main aims is to help our Year 11 pupils achieve their full academic potential and it is very pleasing that for the overwhelming majority of our pupils, this is the case. This will enable the vast majority of pupils to go on to follow their chosen courses at various Sixth Form institutions.”
The school is especially proud of the achievements of the following pupils:
- Sam Mai who achieved 14 A*-C GCSE grades, including 9 A*/A grades
- Peter Nguyen who achieved 13 A*-C GCSE grades, including 10 A*/A grades
- Lopez Okhiai who achieved 13 A*-C GCSE grades, including 10 A*/A grades
- Sudesna Shrestha who achieved 13 A*-C GCSE grades, including 10 A*/A grades
- Jamal Salihu who achieved 12 A*-C GCSE grades, including 10 A*/A grades.
Mr Ash said, “Our warmest congratulations go to all of our Year 11 pupils, parents/carers and staff who are rightly celebrating the results of their hard work. The results are a fitting testimony to the hard work of the staff and pupils in bringing about such a remarkable improvement over the past three years. These results demonstrate the enormous strides forward this school has made in recent years; something that was recently recognised by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT)”
Greenwich Council made the decision in January 2012 to close this rapidly improving school in August 2014. But according to a report released last month by the SSAT, a charity which provides support in raising standards, Blackheath Bluecoat School is in the top 10 per cent nationwide for the speed of its improved results.
Mr David Prescott, Chair of Governors at Blackheath Bluecoats school added:” These are astounding results when you consider that pupils achieved them during a period of enormous instability caused by Greenwich Council’s decision to close the school and the cancellation of our proposed move to the Peninsular by the Government axing the Building Schools for the Future programme.
“The teachers and pupils have proved their commitment to this school by delivering record results for the third year running, making Blackheath Bluecoat one of the fastest improving schools in the country.
“The Governing Body is so proud of what the pupils, Mr Ash and the staff team have achieved. Hopefully the council will now stand by its commitment to create another new C of E secondary school on the Greenwich Peninsular, built on the successful foundations of Blackheath Bluecoat’s outstanding academic achievements.”