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The Trafalgar School at Downton GCSE Press Release 2015

Once again the Trafalgar School at Downton is celebrating GCSE success. Amongst many outstanding individual achievements were Ellie Littlecott with 5A*s 3As and 1 B, Izzie Compton with 3A*s, 6As and 1 B, Joe Drake with 3A*s, 4As, 1B, 1C, Hector Berman with 8As, 2Bs and 1C. As a whole year group 52% of students achieved 5 or more A*- C grade passes including English and Maths.

Headteacher Stewart Roderick said ‘The continuous hard work by staff and students in raising aspirations has led to fantastic progress over time for these students during their 5 years with us.’

Chair of Governors Adrian Harris echoed these thoughts ‘As a Governing Body we would like to praise the staff and students for their sheer hard work, determination and progress shown. They have proved once again that self- motivation and high expectations are the key to success, ably supported by excellent teaching and pastoral care. We wish the students well, confident that we have provided them with a great foundation for their future achievement.’

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The Trafalgar School at Downton is a school with very high standards, expecting our staff to be exemplary professionals and encouraging our students to do everything in their power to make the most of their individual qualities. Academic achievement is the most obvious and important priority here, our aim to do all that we can to ensure our students fulfil their academic potential, not least so that those who leave us have the opportunity to go on to the further education of their choice.

We are a school that prides itself on the nurturing of an ethos and spirit rooted in the school’s family atmosphere. Believing in education as a means of enhancing career and life prospects we believe in the pursuit of academic rigour; we believe in the promotion of compassion, tolerance and diversity; we believe in developing independent, confident, curious, lifelong learners who commit themselves to helping others as well as themselves. This is what motivates us in our work throughout every school day.

Most schools probably claim somewhere that their school is in some way unique. Our claim is that the Trafalgar School at Downton is a community whose ‘whole’ is considerably greater than the sum of its parts. I would encourage you to put us to the test by visiting us. You would be very welcome.

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