Monday, 17 August 2015

Exam Results

It is that time of year when teenagers across the country get their exam results.  It can be nerve racking experience because, for many, the results they achieve at A level can have an important bearing on where they go to university.

Last week saw some exceptional A Level results from our local schools with Camborne Science and International Academy achieving a 100 percent pass rate and Redruth only just behind with a 97 percent pass rate.  

I am really proud of all of our schools and tried to visit our secondary schools before the end of last term.  They have each made tremendous progress in recent years and when you visit our schools you detect a real sense of pride from both students and teaching staff.  We now have some of the best schools in Cornwall here in Camborne, Redruth and Hayle.  

Camborne has done impressive work on international exchanges and science, hosting the student science fair in 2013.  A few weeks ago I visited Redruth School which has come forward in leaps and bounds over the last few years and I was really impressed by the work they did to develop confidence in pupils.  Pool Academy also continues to deliver excellent results.  I remember seeing some of their students a couple of years ago running a mentoring scheme to help local children with their reading and Hayle School has also seen its results improve in recent years and has always done good work developing entrepreneurial skills and focusing on languages.

Over the last few years the government has been trying to raise standards by putting a new focus on subjects like maths, sciences and languages and by giving head teachers more freedom.  Every good school has one thing in common: good teaching staff who are well led.  Last week the Prime Minister made clear that he wanted to help more schools become academies.  Being an academy means that head teachers have control of their own budget and the ability to set their own curriculum.  I have never yet met a head teacher who regretted converting to academy status because of the freedom it gives them.