This year sees our plan to get Year 7, 8 and 9 students into the habit of engaging in after-school boosters to push up their grades and there were sessions in Maths and Science running this week.

The Y9 Maths Masterclass saw the high-flying mathematicians working on Y11 work already so that they get well ahead of the rest and can push for those 8s and 9s.

Elsewhere, there were a wide range of Year 8 Science classes on covering topics as diverse as magnetism to firing off a rocket.

Naturally, there was lots going on with Year 11 with two booster classes – one targeted at 7-9 grades and the other at 4-5 grades.

Jason Cain, Assistant Headteacher, said: “Parents will well understand that extra classes – often heavily streamed or smaller group – can have an impact and it is pleasing that the vast majority are happy to ensure their children attend. We target where the intervention will improve things, and the evidence so far suggests we aim pretty well.”

Matt Allman, Headteacher, added: “The usual exam group support continues through the year – with the Saturday Schools, the Holiday Schools, etc – but we recognise the importance of teaching commitment and independence to students so that they take responsibility for doing that little bit extra. These KS3 sessions are part of that plan.”