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September 2016

New principal, Mr Holmes

I am delighted to be writing my first Principal’s blog during exciting times for The de Ferrers Academy. De Ferrers opened in September 1985 and we are celebrating our thirtieth anniversary at the same time as record results. There were smiles all round when both Y11 and Y13 students came into the Academy in August to collect their results. An outstanding 77% of our GCSE students gained both English and Maths at A*-C, and 73% achieved 5 A*-C, including English and Maths. It has been a pleasure to welcome so many familiar faces back into our growing Sixth Form. Our Post-16 results are also the best ever in both academic and vocational pathways, with 58% of grades being at A*-B. These exceptional achievements place us as one of the top performing academies, both locally and nationally. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our students and wish them every success for the future. I must also praise the fantastic efforts of all of our staff who have provided such fantastic opportunities both in and outside the classroom.

As ever, the start of the Autumn term is a time of transition for many students, and it has been pleasing to see how our Y7 students have made such a positive start in their new school. I hope that this will be the beginning of a very successful seven year journey with us. I returned to this theme at our Awards Evenings last week when we celebrated student success across the Key Stages. Not only do we have new students joining us, but others are making the transition to the Trent Campus, many are starting out in the Sixth Form, as well as those who are either moving on to university or embarking on careers at the beginning of their adult lives. The next few weeks will prove to be equally busy, as we are looking forward to open evenings for both Prospective Y7 parents and for our Sixth Form.

I would like to end by thanking both Mr Allen and the Governors for giving me the opportunity to lead the Academy, and for providing such strong support during the transition.

Mr Nick Holmes, Principal