Budehaven in Top 100 Performing Schools in the Country
By BudePeeps | Monday, March 05, 2012, 09:49
As many pupils from North West Devon attend Budehaven, it's great news that Budehaven is officially one of the Top 100 Performing Schools in the country at GCSE.
Rachel Lowson, one of Budehaven's top performing students in 2011
Staff and governors at Budehaven Community School were over the moon last week to receive a letter from the government's Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb MP. In his letter to Headteacher, David Barton, the Minister wrote: 'It gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on the excellent achievement of your pupils at Key Stage 4 as published in the 2011 Key Stage 4 Performance Tables.' He then goes on to explain that based on GCSE results year on year between 2008 and 2011, the sustained progress and achievement by the school's students now 'show that you are amongst the 100 top performing schools,' a statement that has thrilled everyone associated with Budehaven.
Only last month, the school was recognised as having the highest performing Sixth Form BTEC Outdoor Education course in the country, and now to be recognised as being in the top 100 schools for sustained high levels of GCSE performance over a four year period is a wonderful recognition of the hard work of staff and students.
A delighted Mr Barton was quick to praise the staff: 'Excellent GCSE results are gained by students working hard with the support of their parents. However, year on year our staff work extremely hard to support every student in trying to gain the best possible results that they can. This recognition by the government of the tireless commitment of Budehaven teachers and support staff to the young people of Bude and the surrounding North Cornwall and North West Devon area is fantastic.'
Dan Rogerson, MP, has contacted Mr Barton offering his congratulations on this major achievement; Dan was the guest of honour just before Christmas at the students Award Ceremony where the 2011 GCSE exam students received their prizes and certificates.
Budehaven has always worked hard to provide not only the very best standard of teaching and learning for its students in the classroom, but also to enhance the education provision through working closely with the community and a wide range of providers.
Since becoming a Sports College in 2004, it has won numerous national and international awards for its student leadership programmes and also for its innovative work in developing children's confidence and esteem, particularly through literacy and numeracy programmes for the very young.
In 2010 the school became one of just three pilots in the country to develop an Integrated Health Centre which has brought over 30 different health providers to the children not only attending Budehaven but also local primary schools.
The school also took over the running of the Budehaven Leisure Centre in April last year when the County Council decided to pull out from managing the centre.
David Barton is very clear that all these activities play an important part in ensuring academic success for the students at Budehaven. The Minister concludes his letter to Mr Barton: 'thank you for your leadership in continuing the drive towards the highest standards of educational achievement.' Jeremy Dowling, Chair of Governors commented: "In a time of much uncertainty about the future patterns of secondary education, it is really gratifying, both for students and staff, to see Budehaven's achievements recognised amongst the first flight of schools delivering sustained improvement. This does not happen without consistent effort from all concerned, and we are all delighted to see this public recognition".