It was GCSE day today. A Levels went very well, but GCSEs went even better. Ours is a genuinely comprehensive school, which resolutely doesn't take league tables as the be-all-and-end-all, so we have an open 6th form and don't go for easy marks over good education. We do have some regard for the tables, one has to be pragmatic, and the pros and cons of these are a subject for a post I'm not going to write - if you know me, you'll know how easily I can get carried away on a subject I'm interested in, and this is (nearly) always a light-hearted blog.
But we did have the best results ever and, knowing how hard everyone has worked, I congratulate and appreciate all the staff and the pupils. Whatever we say about league tables, exam results do matter and our 16-year-olds have got a jolly good springboard for whatever they're going to do next.
It's not up to the standards of a selective school or a good private or public one, but Yagnub has been described as a big council estate with a nice little market town attached. And the surrounding areas are rural and not wealthy. Wealthy people mostly send their children to the fine local private schools. Weeza and Al went to two of them. We sent Ro to the village school because it needed support, and then we carried on with the state schools because we were pleased with them.
So, our results were 86% grades A-C, 71% with both English and Maths. English had 80% A-C and Maths 76.6%. That's our best results ever, gained through hard work not through easier exams, and I'm proud of those who put in such hard work.
And as for me - yes, I do think that the 22 years I've put in as a school governor have made a difference. I'm glad of the part I've played.