October round-up from the Principal

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Successful Outcomes at Manor School

Provisional GCSE results are now publicly available for all schools nationally. At Manor we are delighted that our best GCSE results in recent memory also compare favourably with both the local and national averages.

For the main headline measure of Progress 8 at +0.07 we have a positive outcome for the first time since this measure has existed with the national and Northamptonshire average being 0. This saw us move to 16th out of 40 county secondary schools. A significant improvement on previous years.

Indeed on several headline measures the 2018 results saw Manor in the top 15 schools in the county. These included:

  • Students achieving 4+ including English and maths
  • Attainment 8 – the achievement of students in their best 8 subjects that count in the measure
  • EBACC average points score
  • 4+ EBACC – we were in the top 10 schools in the county for this measure that identifies the % of students that achieved 4+ in the academic EBACC subjects (history, geography, computer science, modern foreign languages)

These results ensured that 2018 really was a successful year at Manor for both progress which is above the Northamptonshire and national averages and attainment. We are so proud of all of our students who have achieved well across the wide range of academic and vocational subjects, offered as part of our broad curriculum.

Open Evening

One of my favourite events in the school calendar is our Open Evening for local Year 6 students and their parents. The evening provides a fantastic opportunity to come together and demonstrate all aspects of our vibrant school community. The range of activities for potential students across all departments was truly impressive. I was delighted by the number of current students involved in the evening whether they were making speeches, leading tours or leading the activities. The evening really was a celebration of all that Manor School has to offer.

Make A Difference (MAD) Week

Manor hosted its third Make A Difference Week during October. This year, each year group presented a variety of fundraising stalls at break time in a bid to compete with one another. All stalls were hugely successful but the winning year group were Year 7 who raised an enormous £240.17.

During lunchtimes, students and staff participated in a range of activities such as The Chase; I’m a Teacher Get Me Out of Here, Bake Off and Manor’s Got Talent. We are thrilled to announce that these efforts raised £1942.72 for our four chosen charities: Alzheimer’s Society, Teenage Cancer Trust, Mind Rushden and Camps International Ecuador.

The participation levels and generosity of Manor students during MAD Week is always hugely impressive and I thank them all, as well as Mrs Bradbury for organising and working out the logistics!

Curriculum Day

Our key curriculum strands of Work. World. Wellness. really came to life early in October as we completed our first Curriculum Day of the year focussed on community. Students from all year groups consolidated and challenged their learning and understanding across a range of areas including faith, crime and health. We were delighted to have the ongoing support of the Thrapston & Raunds branch of the Rotary Club who funded the hard hitting Year 9 experience of ‘Prison me? No way!’

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In addition to all the above, students are busily raising funds for their Ecuador trip; Duke of Edinburgh expeditions have been taking place; and we wore red on our recent mufti-day in support of the Show racism the Red Card – wear Red day. Life at Manor is always vibrant and never dull and we thank all parents and carers for their ongoing support.

Jay Davenport

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