Once again, many of our students excelled themselves in their examinations this summer.
At A Level, we had more entries graded at A* and A than ever before. We were exceptionally proud in all of our students' results, and celebrated particularly with Andrew Guy and Adam Townson who both gained exceptional grades (Adam achieved an amazing 4A* grades) which allowed them to progress to Cambridge University to study engineering and medicine respectively. Two further students gained grades to study medicine and an astonishing 17 students (nearly a quarter of the year group) gained at least 2 A grades.
At GCSE, again we had the second highest proportion of A* and A grades that our students have ever achieved, with almost 30% of entries gaining these two top grades. OVer 50% of entries were graded B or above. We were particularly pleased with our results in English. Despite a national picture that saw the English pass rate dropping by 4%, our pass rate INCREASED by 4% with 80% of the year group gaining a C grade or higher. 72% gained a C grade or higher in maths and 66% of the year group gained 5 higher grades including English and Maths. This figure is almost identical to the results in 2013 but it has been much more difficult to gain 5 GCSEs in 2014 because of the changes in "equivalent" qualifications. We're delighted that so many of our pupils will be continuing their studies in our Sixth Form.
Very well done to all our students, and thank you to the support provided by our dedicated team of teaching and support staff.
During the next 2 weeks (beginning Monday 22nd September) the Year 7 pupils will be sitting their CAT tests during the school day. CAT tests assess a pupil’s ability to reason with and manipulate different types of material through a series of Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Ability tasks. Together, these four tests provide teachers with a comprehensive profile of a pupil’s reasoning abilities, and as such the core abilities related to learning. The resulting data can then be used to identify a pupil’s strengths, weaknesses and learning preferences, providing accurate and reliable information that is essential for personalised learning. The more we know about a pupil, the better position we should be in to offer a learning environment and ways of teaching and learning that allow pupils to maximise their potential.
Each progress group will be informed this week when their tests will be by their progress tutors. The tests are conducted on the computer and all equipment for the tests will be provided.
At Ormskirk School, we are extremely lucky to have a brilliant team of highly accomplished musicians
who deliver individual music tuition and also contribute to our exciting extra-curricular music programme. If you would like to learn flute/keyboard/piano/violin/drums/guitar/bass/singing/brass then we have a teacher for you! We also have a number of instruments which we can lend to your for FREE. Lessons take place during the school day and lesson times are rotated to avoid you missing the same academic lesson every week. We also offer a number of ensemble opportunities for brass, flute, rock instruments, strings as well as choirs, band and a keyboard and music ICT club. The brass, flute, rock and string group training are run for an hour a week by our instrumental teachers, free of charge. This means you not only receive a 20 or 30 minute lesson but also an additional hour of group teaching per week, at no additional cost. Students in receipt of free school meals receive a 50% discount on the cost of their lessons. So, why not take up a new instrument? You could be playing as part of one of our fantastic concerts, before you know it!
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Message from the Finance Office: Free School Meals
Applications for Free School Meals are dealt with by Lancashire County Council, not Ormskirk School. The contact telephone number is: 01772 531 809. Please note that parents / guardians must apply to Lancashire County Council each academic year for Free School Meals. The payments do not automatically roll over from one school year to another. This is applies from Year 7 to Year 13.