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Progress 8 Attainment, Measles in Gloucestershire, PTA AGM, PTA Quiz Night and PTA Christmas Fayre

Dear Parents/Carers

  • Progress 8 and Attainment
  • Measles in Gloucestershire
  • PTA AGM – 7.30 pm on Monday, 30th October in the school hall
  • PTA Quiz Night – 7.00 pm on Friday, 10th November in the school hall
  • PTA Christmas Fayre – 6.30 pm on Friday, 17th November in the school hall

Progress 8 and Attainment 8 – government’s new accountability measures

Progress 8

Progress 8 measures a student’s progress between KS2 and KS4 across eight key subjects.  It is a type of value added measure, which means that students’ results are compared to achievements of other students nationally with similar prior attainment.  A score above zero means students make more progress, on average, than students across England who got similar results at the end of KS2.

The High School’s Progress 8 score is 0.9 in 2017.

We are placed second in Gloucestershire behind Stroud High School whose score is 0.92.

This is a fantastic achievement for the school.

Attainment 8

Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a student across eight qualifications:

  • Maths (double weighted)
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • 3 qualifications that count as EBacc (English Baccalaureate)
  • 3 further qualifications that can be GCSE qualifications.

A school’s Attainment 8 score is the average of all of its students’ scores.  Our attainment 8 score in 2017 is 75.3 which is again the second highest in Gloucestershire behind Pate’s whose score is 79.3.

Measles in Gloucestershire

Further to my previous communication about the outbreak of measles in Gloucestershire, I have received a communication from Dr Toyin Ejidokun, Consultant in Communicable Diseases Control which contained the information I have shared with you previously.  However, I would like to emphasise the following:

  • People with measles are infectious for 4 days before the rash first appears until 4 days after.
  • Cases are no longer infectious on day 5 after the rash appears.
  • The red-brown blotchy rash usually starts on the head or upper neck, before spreading outwards to the rest of the body.
  • Before the rash appears, the initial symptoms of measles develop between 7 and 18 days after exposure to an infected person, but it can take longer.
  • Symptoms include:
    • Cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing and a cough.
    • Sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light.
    • High temperature (fever) which may reach around 40°C.
    • Koplik spots (small red spots with bluish-white centres) inside the mouth.
    • A general feeling of being unwell.

If your daughter/son has any of these symptoms please keep them off school and contact your doctor by phone.

PTA AGM – 30th October 2017, 7.30 pm in the school hall

Please come to the PTA AGM on Monday, 30th October and hear about all the wonderful things that the PTA support in the school.  Recently, they have given money towards prizes at Prize-giving and are currently raising money for another new minibus.

Your support would be most welcome!

PTA Quiz Night – Friday, 10th November, 7.00 pm in the school hall

A great night out where teams battle it out to be crowned the winners.  The atmosphere is great.  Come and meet other parents and become more involved in the High School community.  Further details can be found in the newsletter.

PTA Christmas Fayre – Friday, 17th November, 6.30 pm in the school hall

Come and buy your Christmas presents at the PTA Christmas Fayre.  There are numerous unique gifts on offer.  Come along and enjoy the festive spirit!

I wish everyone as well-deserved and enjoyable Autumn break.

Best wishes,

Mrs E Sawicka, Headteacher