20th August 2015

GCSE results show improvement

Our new leadership team have declared that this year’s improvement in GCSE results is an upward trend that will continue.


St Aldhelm’s in Poole was taken over by Bournemouth-based  Ambitions Academy Trust (AAT) in June.


This year 22 per cent of students achieved at least five A* to C grades, compared to 17 per cent last year and 3 per cent in 2013.


The percentage of pupils achieving A*-C in maths this year is 48 per cent, compared to 35 per cent in 2014.


While the number of pupils achieving A*-C in English this year is 37 per cent, compared to 20 per cent in 2014.


Our new principal Sian Thomas is confident that next year’s results will be significantly higher thanks to St Aldhelm’s new senior leadership team and outstanding, specialist teachers.


“This year’s results are not the level we want for our school but I am pleased that the measures we have been able to put in place in a very short time have resulted in an improvement on last year.

“I’d like to pay tribute to all our year 11s for the hard work and effort they have put in.”


AAT has a track record in transforming underperforming schools, the Trust already runs Tregonwell Academy and Queen’s Park Academy in Bournemouth, which have both been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by government inspectors.

Throughout the summer holidays St Aldhelm’s has undergone a massive refurbishment, replacing noisy, open plan teaching areas with new classrooms and facilities including specialist IT suites and science labs.

Ambitions Academy Trust Chief Executive and National Leader of Education, Brian Hooper said: “In the short time since we took over a significant amount of development has taken place and we have brought a strong team of education specialists on board.

“We believe high expectations lead to high achievers and there’s a determination to succeed here – especially from the pupils themselves.

“We are pleased to have a great deal of parental support and also look forward to welcoming the support of the local community.”

St Aldhelm’s is inviting the public to see its new facilities and meet its new leadership team at an Open Evening at the school in Herbert Avenue, Poole, on Thursday October 1 from 6-8pm.

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