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Free Schools in the media
Thu 20 August 2020

Hoe Valley School in Woking was delighted to open its doors this morning to provide its founding cohort of students with their GCSE results. Many Woking residents will remember the build up to the School opening as news of the new Free School spread. This has been a year like no other, but especially for Hoe Valley School seeing its first students through to their GCSEs. Following the nationwide lockdown, it was wonderful to be able to share their results with them in person, socially distanced of course!

Free Schools in the media
Thu 20 August 2020

Having received their results, students commented:

“I had a pit in my stomach which has now been completely filled.” said Shaun Hennell.

“I feel alright.” said Rupert Dale.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 20 August 2020

The school, which opened with its first Year 7 pupils in 2014, is delighted to announce that its second ever set of results show a significant improvement on the previous year. This outcome aligns with the upward trajectory anticipated by the school as it becomes more established.

Of note, the number of pupils achieving grades 9 to 4 in both English and mathematics rose to 85% from 78% in 2019. 80% achieved 5 standard passes including English and mathematics, up from 70%.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 20 August 2020

Delighted pupils were invited to collect their results from 9.00am on 20th August and their hard work and efforts certainly paid off, despite the national changes to the way that GCSE results were derived this year as a result of school closures. While league tables have not been published this academic year, Year 11 pupils at the school achieved exceptional results, which, in ordinary circumstances, firmly places the school well above average compared to other schools both locally and nationally.

Free Schools in the media
Wed 19 August 2020
  • We have seven pupils going to Oxford and Cambridge to study subjects including Natural Sciences, Music, History, Geography, Classics, Politics and Japanese.
  • 80 out of the 90 applicants have currently secured a university place, most of whom have their Firm or Insurance Offer, despite the recent exams debacle.
  • 47% of the cohort are going to a Russell Group university.
  • We have students going to read Medicine, Law, Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, Modern Foreign Languages, Physics, Engl
Free Schools in the media
Thu 13 August 2020

Given the government’s announcement about the removal of the publication of school level data, and the unique method of arriving at grades for students, Worcestershire County Council supported by Worcestershire Children First confirmed that they will not be collecting and publishing school level data this year. Holy Trinity as with other Worcestershire schools and colleges therefore will not be publishing individual school level data.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 13 August 2020

The cohort of pupils – CFS's first ever Year 7s back in 2013 – have achieved a 100% pass rate and nearly a third of all grades were at grade A* or A, above the national average. The School has seen particular success in Chemistry and Physics, with 100% of students achieving an A* or A and, in the maths department, 80% of all grades were awarded at this highest level in both Maths and Further Maths A Levels. Several CFS students also completed the Extended Project Qualification in a variety of topics with great success.

NSN News
Thu 6 August 2020

Unity Howard, Director of the New Schools Network said:

“I welcome the government’s intention to reform the planning system and allow schools to be built quicker in areas of need.