New GCSE grades and ambition

Whilst we have written about this a number of times, we are also going to run a Parents’ Information Event for Years 10 and 11 in the new year and include information in all future Parents’ Evening to try and help everyone fully understand the new (1 to 9 grading system). It is important to note the following;

• A grade 4 is a standard pass

• A grade 5 is a higher pass.

• If students do not achieve a grade 4 in English or maths, they will have to retake the subjects if they go in to sixth form.

• Some A level subjects, courses and employers will want higher grades still.

Apprenticeships are now very competitive, along with universities and employers, the higher the grades you get the better your options. Students are in competition with everyone, people from different parts of the country and beyond. We need to work hard and be ambitious to improve our life chances and opportunities. Our sixth form students are increasingly attending the most competitive Russell Group universities and gaining prestigious apprenticeships, due to their hard work and determination to succeed.

Maths review

This week we had a review of maths led by our School Improvement Partner, Painsley Academy. I am delighted to report that further improvements were observed and we are on track for even better results, following last year’s record improvement. Students are making good progress in this subject, we are aiming to be outstanding.


Full reports will be printed off and given to students or posted home. However, our interim data reports will be distributed by the school app at the end of this term. If you still need a paper copy, please let us know. Mr Bishell is going to talk to the students in depth about the new reports, what the grades mean and how to improve during assemblies at the start of December.

End of term and Presentation Evening dates

Whilst we still have 5 weeks of this term left, I want to alert everyone to the fact that Presentation Evening will take place on Wednesday the 20th December and that we will close to students on Thursday the 21st of December at 1pm.

Presentation Evening 2017

Photographs from Presentation Evening 2017 with Steve Bull MBE.

Remembrance Service 2017

At 11am on Friday 10th November 2017 students and staff at St Thomas More paused to commemorate the First World War.

Anti-Bullying and Good Samaritan Week 

This week staff and students marked both Anti - Bullying and Good Samaritan Week in school.

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