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Staff and students of the John Kyrle High School enjoyed a very successful year during the last academic period with outstanding A level, (100% pass rate) AS Level and GCSE results. Under the leadership of Head Teacher, Nigel Griffiths, the school now enjoys Academy status, offering the very best service to local students.

There is always something happening at JKHS, whether it is a new musical or stage production such as the fabulous 'We Will Rock You,' a concert by the talented young musicians or an exhibition displaying the skills of students studying Art and Design Technology under the guidance of excellent tutors. There is also a Community Learning Centre at the school offering a range of courses, from digital photography to guitar for beginners.

I shall be attending the JKHS Prize giving evening on Thursday, when many students will be rewarded for their hard work and am proud to be associated with the school. Long may their success continue.


Higher grades are a major feature in a record A Level year at John Kyrle and confirm the school's pre-eminent role as the provider of the highest quality Sixth Form education in the region. The school's largest ever entry saw a 100% pass rate at A Level, together with 60% A* to B grades and 87% at A* to C with success across all subject areas. Departments with over 75% A* - B grades include Maths, Chemistry, French, Spanish, Music, Biology, 3-D Art, Sociology and Product Design.

Notable student successes include Head Girl, Maddy Maloney, who will read English and Drama at Warwick; Head Boy, Alex Baker, to read Law at Plymouth; Deputy Head Girl, Hannah Kearns, to read Veterinary Science at Bristol; Dan Cox to read Engineering at Christ's College, Cambridge; Megan Godden to read Veterinary Science at Nottingham; Nick Bricknell to read Natural Science at Selwyn College, Cambridge; Peter Lamb to read Actuarial Mathematics at Leeds; Eleanor Gibson-Forty to read Biology at Cardiff; Matthew Henshall to read Mathematics at Warwick and Beth Hill to read Biology at Nottingham.

The school was able to celebrate its continued excellence as a Modern Language Specialist College with huge success: Rowan Lyster will read Linguistics at Somerville College, Oxford; Jack Giles will read Spanish and Politics at Swansea; Clare Symonds will read Modern Languages at Sheffield; Suzanna Taylor will read Hispanic Studies at Kings, London and Adam Walding will read Modern Languages at Exeter.

Headteacher, Nigel Griffiths, praised his students and their parents, staff and governors, saying he was delighted with the continued excellent results, which are the school's first as a New Style Academy. He said, 'This success has been achieved with a continued sharp focus upon traditional academic 'A' Levels, without General Studies. Students' successes have allowed them to access university courses across the UK for this September at a time when pressure on university entrants is at an all-time high.

In addition to our own students' successes, I am especially pleased to see excellent achievements from students who continue to join us in the Sixth Form from other schools across Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire. These results have embedded Ofsted's grading of 'Outstanding' and have seen us gain a dividend in our role as Herefordshire's first High Performing Multi-Specialist School. Last year we were in the top 10-15% of schools and colleges as judged by Value Added scores and this year should see us move even higher up this particular table. I am, as ever, ambitious for continued improvements in years to come.'

Rob Wallace, Head of Sixth Form, identified the key drivers for this sustained success. He said, 'Outstanding teaching with a relentless focus upon high standards, coupled with the individual care given to students and the school's close partnership with parents led to these excellent achievements. Students have also been widely involved in sport, music, drama and community service throughout their two years with us. Taken together these further confirm the strength of John Kyrle's Sixth Form experience.'

Nigel Griffiths, Headteacher with A Level Students Dan Cox, Nick Bracknell, Matthew Henshall, Adam Wilding, Jack Giles, Rob Wallace, Head of Sixth Form,
Maddy Maloney, Head Girl, Hannah Kearns, Rowan Lyster and Megan Godden.


With almost thirty per cent of students gaining 5 or more A*-A grades and 40% gaining 3 or more of the top grades, there was much to celebrate for John Kyrle’s Year 11 students. The school had over 60% of students gaining A*-C grades in English and Maths and a record 76% achieving A*- C passes.

Notable successes included Mark Alston with 9 A*s and 2As passes; Eddie Gill with 9 A*s and 1 A; Phoebe Mills with 8 A*s and 3As; Rebecca Ralphs with 8 A*s and 3As; Natasha Scowen with 8A*s and 2As; Tania La Gambina with 8A*s and 2As; George Gooch with 6A*s and 3As and Hannah Fishwick with 4A*s and 5 As. Also, Ben Ray, Herefordshire’s Young Poet Laureate, gained 8 A* and 2 A grades including, as expected, A* grades in both English Language and Literature.

Nigel Griffiths, Headteacher, said he was particularly pleased with the progress made by the school’s more able cohort and the fact that, although girls outperformed boys, the gender gap had narrowed even with unusually far more boys in the year group. He said that the school continued to enter students for traditional GCSE courses with little reliance upon so called equivalent qualifications and this would be recognised in the government’s performance tables to be published in the new academic year.

Mr Griffiths said, 'In addition to praising our students, I want to pay special credit to their families for all the support they continue to show both their sons and daughters and the school. Our positive partnership with families is a cornerstone of the school’s continued success.'

Head Teacher, Nigel Griffiths with some very happy students who are looking forward to continuing their studies.

These two young men were very pleased with their GCSE results.


John Kyrle High School last week admitted over 200 new Year 7 students from primary schools across the county as well as 150 students into the Sixth Form which included former Year 11 students from John Kyrle and other schools in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.

Nigel Griffiths, Head Teacher, said, 'We had a very pleasing set of examination results in the summer and welcoming such bright, confident and polite students is a fantastic way to begin our first full year as a New Academy. In addition to greeting new students we have 10 new members of staff joining us and have almost completed the modernisation of the Sports Hall in preparation for further building work in the future.

Student and staff have returned to school in a very positive manner and this promises to be yet another exciting and successful year at John Kyrle.'

Headteacher, Nigel Griffiths, with Year Head, Kristian Philliips welcome Year 7 pupils to the John Kyrle High School,
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