Headmaster Titus Mills outlines the school's academic achievements this year.
As we finish another busy school year, I thought parents would find it heartening to read some of our recent academic results of which we are very proud. Walhampton is a school that champions academic rigour alongside extra-curricular breadth. The two go hand in hand. We have a superb staff team who are passionate about exemplary standards of teaching and learning. With the myriad of fun and spirited events Walhampton organises so regularly, it’s easy to forget that the bulk of any school day is spent in the classroom where pupils and staff are working really hard, individually and collectively. Here are some of the ‘fruits of their labours’:
2016 / 17
- Scholarship results – a very strong haul of scholarships awarded by senior schools. 50% of Year 8 secured scholarships – that’s seventeen pupils. These ranged from academic, music, art, drama and sport.
- Common Entrance – Year 8 pupils achieved 100% pass rate in their recent CE exams. They secured places to the following schools: Canford, Radley, Harrow, Marlborough, Wellington, Sherborne, Godolphin, King’s Bruton, Clayesmore and Monkton.
- A and B grades – an impressive 66% of our grades, at Common Entrance, were ‘A’ or ‘B’ grades (42% of all the English grades were ‘A’ and 37% of all Maths grades were ‘A’.)
- National Junior Maths Challenge – very strong results in the National Junior Maths Challenge (UK’s most able mathematicians in Yrs 7/8) – a total of 27 pupils were awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze awards.
- Scholars’ Mentoring programme – a new programme has been introduced, led by Heads of Department, providing one-to-one mentoring and extension activities for all our internal scholars.
- Pre-Prep – impressive results in national standardised tests for Literacy and Numeracy.
- In Reception, 88% of our children are exceeding or achieving the expected levels for reading, 91% for writing, 91% for communication + language and 88% for mathematics.
- In Year 1, 85% are performing above their chronological reading age, while 88% are exceeding or performing at the expected national level in mathematics.
- In Year 2, 89% are performing above their chronological reading age, while 92% are exceeding or performing at the expected national level in mathematics.
- Learning Support - LSU staffing has increased this year and all children are now routinely screened for dyslexia in Years 2 and 6 so that any learning difficulties can be picked up. Children receiving learning support secured places at top senior schools with some strong exam results.
- LAMDA – our best ever results with 17 distinctions and 5 merits (all candidates scoring between 70% - 94%) Every drama scholar gained a Distinction at Grade 5.
- EAL – the EAL department has been bolstered under the new leadership of Johnny Morris, A rigorous programme of assessment, monitoring and support has recently been implemented ensuring our EAL pupils’ grasp of English comes on at pace.
I’m sure you will agree that these achievements make very encouraging reading, not least because Walhampton remains an inclusive, non-selective school that is proud of all children of all abilities. The academic health of our school is very strong indeed.