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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Priory Academy successfully reaches a major milestone in our 106 year history with the announcement of our first set of excellent GCSE results. We started our journey to extend our age range by 3 years in 2013, taking it from a Middle School to an extended Secondary School. The results show that 75% of students achieved at least 5 good GCSEs including maths and English. These superb results are a tribute to the incredible hard work and dedication of our students, staff, parents and governors and are a testament to our school’s vision and values.

We are delighted to report the headline figures of:
Grade 9-4 in English and maths: 83.1%
Grade 9-5 in English and maths: 68.7%
5 or more GCSEs at grade A*-C (including maths and English at grade 4): 74.7%
5 or more GCSEs at grade A*-C (including maths and English at grade 5): 65.1%

We are particularly pleased to see the exceptionally strong results in mathematics and in Chemistry, Physics & Biology with 96% achieving grade 4+ and C+.

Many congratulations to all our students and a special well done to those who have achieved outstanding individual performances:

Layla Cobbett: 1A*, 6As, 2Bs and 1 grade 9, 1 grade 7 and 1 grade 6
Praviga Kuganeswaran: 4A*s, 4 As, 1B and 1 grade 9, and 2 grade 8s
Jack Manders: 2A*s, 7As and 3 grade 7

Ben Warren: 4A*s, 5As and 3 grade 8s
Amy Roberts: 9 A*, and 1 grade 9, and 2 grade 8s
Daisy Sinden: 1 A*, 5As, 3Bs and 1 grade 7, and 2 grade 8s

Under the new rigorous marking introduced this year for English and Maths – our particular congratulations go to: Layla Cobbett, Amy Roberts, Mark Riley for grade 9s in maths and Zak Merel, Parviga Kuganeswaran for grade 9s in English. The new grade 9 is for outstanding achievement above the level of an A* on the old marking system and only awarded to the top 3% in the country.

Effort Grade Competition

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Effort Grade Competition – Form Group Winners
Well done to the students in 5B, 6L, 7U, 8K, 9P and 10L for achieving the best overall effort grade scores.  They have been awarded a free mufti day on the last day of term.  Congratulations to you all.

Please remember appropriate clothing should be worn ie. no crop tops or hot pants-style shorts.

GCSE Results 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

GCSE results will be available to collect from the school hall on Thursday 24th August, between 9:30-11:00am.   If you are not able to collect them in person you can nominate someone else to do so on your behalf, but they must have your written permission.  Any results not collected on the day will be posted to your home address.

Prom 2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Our first Year 11 students had their Prom on Friday 30th June.  We are so proud of them and are pleased they had this opportunity to “let their hair down” after all their hard work.  We wish them all the very best for in their future endeavours.

Priory Academy welcomes Laura Jane Williams

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

On Thursday 16th March 2017, we were very excited to host a writing workshop for some of our Year 10 girls with the author Laura Jane Williams.

Laura uses a number of platforms to publish her writing: she is the author of Amazon bestseller ‘BECOMING’ (Hodder & Stoughton) and wrote a weekly column in Grazia magazine. In addition, she is Marie Claire magazine’s’ #BREAKFREE From Fear’ ambassador, and has published everywhere from The Guardian to RED to Buzzfeed, The Metro, Stylist and The Telegraph as well as online via Instagram and her blog. Her second book, ‘ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST’ is out in April 2017. She often gives talks and sits on panels about being a woman and being a writer and teaches creative writing, too.

Testimonials from two of our Year 10 girls who attended her workshop:

Meeting Laura Jane Williams was such an incredible opportunity! All through our school lives, we learn how to write to please an examiner. With Laura, we were taught ways to write a piece that people will WANT to read and be inspired by! She has motivated me to write more passionately with confidence. I am so thankful for the possibility of meeting someone so encouraging and influential. Laura was so friendly and made everyone in the room feel like they can relate to her and not be uncomfortable saying anything.
When I write next, I will use the advice and skills I have been given to really enhance my piece and be proud of it.” LAYLA

The writer Laura Jane Williams visited to do a writers’ workshop. She taught us valuable skills like how to adapt your writing to specific audiences, or even social media to engage with people and tell your real life stories in an interesting way! She assured us that there’s a writer in everyone and we don’t need to be a stereotypical writer in an American coffee shop to access it”. LUCY