Holyhead is proud to announce improved GCSE results again this year, despite falling grades throughout Birmingham and across the country as a whole.
Sixty per cent of the Handsworth school’s Year 11 students gained five A*-C grades including English and Mathematics this summer, an improvement of two per cent on last year. Significantly, more students than ever before gained the highest awards this year with 13% of all grades at A*-A!
Notable achievers include Yaza Hendi and Mohammed Miah who both gained nine A*-A grades and Kobir Ahamed and Harnish Dosanjh who gained eight A*-A grades. Principal, Martin Bayliss was delighted with the results. “We are very pleased, particularly when we consider that all schools had been warned by Ofqual, the exams regulator, that results would “look different” to those of last year”.
The vast majority of the school’s Year 11 students will be enrolling in the school’s ‘outstanding’ Sixth Form and begin their A level studies in September.
Above: Kobir Ahamed and Mohammed Miah
Pictured are Sergio Dosse, Jesse O'Connor, Andrew McIntosh, Natalie Brown, Niasha Youngsam and Kyra Davis who between them gained well over 30 A*-A grades!
Holyhead's Sixth Form doubled in size to over 200 students in September 2013 and with the additional challenge of the removal of January examinations we are delighted with our results this year, with most students in Year 13 achieving their aspirational target grades and all students achieving places at their chosen university.
I would like to take the opportunity of informing you of the arrangements for the start of the new academic year at Holyhead and provide you with some important information about how we can work together to maintain standards at the school.
School will re-open for students on Wednesday 3rd September 2014. Year 7 and Year 11 students will need to be in school for 8:45am. Part of the morning session for all students will be spent with Form Tutors. Normal lessons will begin after break at 11:20am.
Included with this letter, you will find:
- Full details of the Holyhead School Uniform
- Information about the times of the school day
- Use of Mobile Devices Policy
Please note new Year 7 students should purchase a clip on College tie representing the College they were placed in on New Intake Day. If you have any queries about this, please contact Ms Cottam on 0121 523 1960.
In September your son/daughter will be issued with their Holyhead "Passport to Learning". This Passport is an important teaching and learning tool that must be carried at all times. The Passport to Learning contains vital information to help your child succeed at Holyhead. We expect all students to use it both in lessons and at home and we would appreciate your support in ensuring that students carry it with them each day.
Not only will the Passport to Learning help your son/daughter with their studies but it will also be another way for you to check on your child's progress as it will include level descriptors, target levels, rewards, detention slips and much more.
We want Holyhead's Passport to Learning to be central to all that we do so please ask to see it when your son/daughter comes home so together we can achieve the best possible outcomes for your child. Thank you in advance for your support with this exciting initiative.
I hope that all students enjoy the summer holiday and keep themselves safe and in good health ready for their new school in September.
We look forward to welcoming your son/daughter to Holyhead.
Read more: Arrangements for September 2014
Governors at Holyhead are pleased to announce that the school will be joining the RSA’s Family of Academies (RSAA) from 1st September 2014. Governors believe that this partnership will provide endless opportunities for our staff and students. The school’s work with the RSA will focus on four key areas:
- Improving teaching and learning through successful partnerships between schools
- Enabling learners to achieve a broad range of qualifications, skills and competences
- Supporting innovation in teaching and learning and a spirit of open-minded enquiry
- Connecting teachers and learners to people, places and issues beyond the school gate
For more information, please click here.
Holyhead is a school where staff, parents/carers, students and governors work together to provide Handsworth with a school that the community can take pride in. We all share an unshakeable belief in everyone’s capacity to learn. Our achievements in the past ten years have been exceptional and we continue to work hard to develop Holyhead as a ‘learning community’ where everyone is ‘engaged, educated and enabled’ and helped to reach their full potential. Our practice is dedicated to encouraging ‘learning without limits’.Read more: Welcome to Holyhead