BBC Newsround featuring Meopham students
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BBC Newsround featuring Meopham students
Students and staff at Meopham School are celebrating another set of stunning GCSE results.
An incredible 88% achieved Grade 4 or above in English, with 68% achieving a Level 5. Results were equally strong in Maths, with 81% achieving a Grade 4 and 64% achieving a Grade 5. 79% achieved a Grade 4 or above in both English and Maths, with 57% achieving a Grade 5. This is a significant increase in the already strong results achieved last year, which secured an Outstanding Ofsted judgement in January of this year.
There were many students celebrating exceptional success. Connie Baillie achieved 9 Strong (Grade 5 and above) Passes, including Grade 8s in English Language, English Literature and History. She also achieved two Starred Distinctions in Health and Social Care and Sport. Connie said, “I am just so happy to have achieved these results.” Teddie Humphrey achieved 8 Strong Passes, including two Grade 8s in Science, and Grade 7 in both History and Catering, as well as a Starred Distinction in Business Studies. Teddie said, “I am so relieved and happy.” Harry Ives achieved 9 Strong Passes included two Grade 8s in Science, a Grade 7 in Maths, and a Starred Distinction in Business Studies. He said, “I am so shocked. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my great teachers.”
Headteacher, Suzanne Dickinson, said, “We are thrilled with the outcomes achieved by our students again this year. Incredibly, we have further improved on the considerable success achieved over the past three years. We are delighted that our students have continued to perform so strongly across the board.”
Deputy Headteacher, Kate Girling, said, “I am so proud of what our students and staff have achieved. Everyone has worked so hard and I am overjoyed to see our students rewarded for their hard work.”
Suzanne Dickinson added, “The exceptional outcomes consistently achieved by our pupils is a testament to our highly aspirational and supportive ethos. The impact of this on the lives of our pupils is transformational.”
Pictured: Connie Bailie, Harry Ives and Teddie Humphrey
Meopham School is celebrating yet another successful year for Sixth Form students. Suzanne Dickinson, Headteacher, said, “We are delighted with the excellent examination results achieved by our students again this year. This is a testament to their hard work and dedication, and that of our staff.” Head of Sixth Form, Jenny Vik, added, “We are proud that so many students have achieved such stunning results. These outcomes will lead to exciting opportunities for their future.”
The school has a number of individual success stories.
Cameron Miller, who achieved four Level 3 qualifications including A-Levels in English Literature, Psychology and Finance, and a Level 3 BTEC in Business Studies said, “I’m really happy with my results, especially my B grade in Finance and my Distinction in Business Studies.” Grace Toombs was also celebrating achieving four Level 3 qualifications, including a B grade in A Level Psychology and a Starred Distinction in Level 3 BTEC Health and Social Care. She said, “I am over the moon with my results and looking forward to starting university in September. My teachers have always believed in me and I couldn’t have achieved these results without them.”
Another student who achieved fantastic results, Ali Adams, said, “I am so pleased with my results.” Ali achieved Distinctions in both Health and Social Care and Business Studies, and a C grade in A Level Psychology.
Suzanne Dickinson, Headteacher, added, “We are immensely proud that our highly aspirational and supportive ethos is producing students who excel academically, and who have developed the strength of character to thrive in their future endeavours.”
Cameron Miller, Grace Toombs, and Ali Adams - A Level Students at Meopham School
Please read the Head's Letter to Parents for July 2019
The Hottest of Camping Trips
Last weekend, 29th & 30th June, saw temperatures rise to 35C in some parts of Kent, and for 110 pupils this was the heat they undertook their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in! Pupils from three Swale Academies Trust schools arrived at Meopham Secondary School loaded with heavy backpacks and plenty of water. At 9am they began their 15km hikes in the beautiful countryside of the North Downs.
Each team had organised a personalised route which passed through at least 3 checkpoints dotted around the countryside. A group radioed in after an hour to say they’d had a bag break but they were going to carry it to the next checkpoint and could a replacement be dropped off.
This shows the resilience and independence they had rapidly developed during the previous months of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The first group arrived back to Meopham School at around 4pm a little hot and eager to setup camp and cook their dinner.
Pupils took their tents and setup camp for the night. Pupils worked completely independently of staff; pitching their own tents and cooking their evening meal. The temperature was still in the high twenties at 10pm and some had decided sleeping in a tent was far too hot and decided to camp under the stars.
The Sunday morning saw pupils waking early, cooking breakfast and taking down their camps ready for another full day of walking. The first team left just before 9am and the last team returned by 4pm all having completed 12km of cross country walking, as a team.
The teams had to undertake a “project” while out walking. They had decided that they would attempt to collect something from the landscape beginning with every letter of the alphabet. As a result we ended up with a rather unusual collection of road side debris including; a number plate, a toy zebra, a leek and a length of rope!
The pupils showed great resilience throughout the weekend and worked excellently as a team to complete their Bronze Awards.
Business Studies Teacher of the Year: Michael Beacher, Meopham School
Michael is a dedicated teacher and team leader who ensures his students achieve the best outcomes regardless of academic ability. This was particularly evident when the school moved to a new building. Michael’s computer classroom had no windows or air conditioning and, in the summer, temperatures reached well into 30 degrees. Yet he continued to teach, ensuring that students were hydrated and had coping strategies to get the best from the lessons.
Michael also plays a huge part in the Senior Management Team with many of his ideas contributing towards the whole school’s success - including schemes which have radically improved attendance and homework.
Award text from Kent Teacher of the Year Programme May 2019
From The University of Kent Dr Zita Stone presents Michael Beacher the award Overall Business Studies Teacher of the Year at the Kent Teacher of the Year 2019 awards.
Picture by: Martin Apps
Mr Beacher won a prize package donated by the University of Kent – a pair of tickets to an In Conversation event featuring University Chancellor Gavin Elser and a leading public figure, a bespoke experience day for a group of students, and a limited edition Monopoly game.
Extract from Kent Online
Please read the Head's Letter to Parents for April 2019
Headteacher, Suzanne Dickinson, celebrating the Outstanding Ofsted news with students
Please read the Head's Letter to Parents for January 2019
Please read the December 2018 letter to Parents
Please read the Bad Weather letter for 2018