Padworth College, a school renowned for celebrating individuality, diversity and internationalism is delighted to see a marked increase in the rise of top grades, with an impressive 52% of all entries awarded A*-B at A level and 77% of entries graded A*-C at GCSE. The excellent results are consistent with the 90% overall A level pass rate and 100% GCSE pass rate that was achieved last year by students at the school.
When the education budget was published in March, the government announced its intention to press ahead with the opening of more free schools. The government has pledged 500 new free schools by 2020 and more than 130 additional free schools have been approved since that pledge. The initiative is now underway as maintained schools unfortunately continue to wrestle with real-term spending cuts of 6.5 per cent over the course of this year, with two-thirds of secondary schools making cuts to staff.
Over the past nine months there has been much speculation over Brexit, with many of us wondering what the consequences will be for education as well as our cultural and economic relationships. But, with article 50 finally triggered and our fates soon to be determined, perhaps the UK can begin to look at Brexit as an opportunity to reassess and develop a more global outlook.
Mental health related issues in young people have been an area of concern over the last few years; in fact the issue appears to be escalating at quite an alarming rate. Over the last five years, 90% of head teachers have reported an increase in mental health problems among pupils and, over the same period, hospital admissions for self-harm have doubled for under 18s.
Reading 23rd January 2017 – Jungi Park, a South Korean student from independent senior school Padworth College, has triumphed to the top 3% of a national Senior Maths Challenge in which 82,000 pupils took part countrywide. Padworth College has global citizenship and equality at the heart of its values and is home to over 30 different nationalities of students who appreciate the alternative methods of learning and teaching offered by the school.
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