Boys close 'achievement gap' with girls at Brimsham Green School

September 04 2019
Boys close 'achievement gap' with girls at Brimsham Green School

THE head teacher of Brimsham Green School says she is proud of the way boys have worked to close the 'achievement gap' with girls in GCSEs.

The school in Broad Lane, Yate, announced that all-round performance in GCSEs had improved, with three quarters of all pupils attaining a grade 4 or above in English and maths, with half achieving a grade 5 or above.

Brimsham Green head teacher Kim Garland was particularly pleased with the way boys' performance and progress had improved after the school had focussed on the issue.

Ms Garland said: “Nationally, for many years, we have seen boys underperform when compared to girls.

"We have been determined to make this not the case at Brimsham.

"I am proud to share that boys’ overall progress, as well as their attainment in English and in maths, have all risen.

"We are not complacent, of course, and this will continue to be a focus for all staff, however we really do have some stand-out performers.”

Amongst the highest achievers highlighted by the school were Jack Barry, Callum Hendy, Joshua Holloway and Sammy Woodman, who achieved an impressive 22 Grade 9s and 8s between them whilst also studying for further maths.

Boys who made "exceptional" progress, exceeding their target grades, were Joshua Gill, Isaac Luke, Thomas Reed and Tyler Sansum.

The highest achievers amongst the girls were Ellie Griffin, Nicole Freeman and Daisy Harvey, who between them were awarded 20 Grade 9s and 8s. Some girls made outstanding progress, and Ms Garland praised Iona Jardine, Chloe Bushell and Esme Littlechild for their "resilience and aspiration".

Chair of governors Shaun Bailey said: “We are delighted that the school’s performance in the Basics measure (English and Maths GCSE) has improved on last year, but we are also proud that the school’s performing and creative arts flourish. This is testimony to the fact that the school has passionately maintained the breadth of its curriculum.

"Undoubtedly parents’ input has been hugely influential, and I hope they are celebrating with their children."