12 August 2021

Dedication of Class of 2021 at Wellfield acknowledged by Katherine Fletcher MP

 

After another year of increased challenges and uncertainty for young people across the country with regards to their education, the Year 11 students at Wellfield were delighted this morning to finally receive their GCSE grades. They also welcomed Katherine Fletcher, the Conservative MP for South Ribble, who also added her congratulations.

 

Katherine visited Wellfield to acknowledge the hard work of staff and students throughout the year. She also spoke with some students about how they have dealt with the challenges that the pandemic posed and how they have overcome these difficulties to achieve some excellent results. Katherine stated: “This is a reward for how hard the staff and students have worked in remarkable times and the success is amazing.”

 

Remote learning, national lockdowns and changes to the way in which GCSEs were to be awarded created higher than normal levels of anxiety and concern for students. Despite all of this, Wellfield students have clearly risen to the challenge with high levels of determination, dedication and resilience.

 

Mr Lewis, Head of School, said: “We are immensely proud of our students and the remarkable response from our students, who have grown into fantastic individuals and a year group who will be missed around the school. We wish all of our students continued success as they move onto the next steps in the education and we are now looking forward to coming together as part of the Wellfield family in September for the prom that was postponed earlier this year.”

 

The Head Student, Sam, completed tasks sent on to the students during lockdown from universities and colleges. He said: “I am really delighted with my results. I know I have worked extremely hard to achieve these but I couldn’t have done it without the help of my teachers and everybody at Wellfield over the past 5 years.”

 

Wellfield, who moved into partnership with Endeavour Learning Trust in 2017, continues to be a school going from strength to strength. Now to be known as ‘Wellfield Academy’, the school will see their largest intake in Year 7 from September for the second year running as more and more people in the local community hear of its significant improvement over recent years. This includes the work the school has done with a range of local primary schools, including Northbrook Primary Academy, another Endeavour Learning Trust school. Wellfield, a school known for its nurturing approach in an environment where all students are known by the staff and high quality teaching and learning which stretches and challenges all students, is now looking forward to building on the excellent practice already in place, something which was acknowledged during an Ofsted monitoring inspection in February 2021.

 

Mrs Gwinnett, the Executive Head at the school and the overall leader of Endeavour Learning Trust, told us: ‘Despite much national uncertainty regarding the GCSE grades, and all things considered, we feel that these results are a fair set of grades. We underwent a rigorous process to moderate the original teacher assessed grades, using the careful advice we were given not to overinflate. We fully appreciate that there was never going to be a perfect solution to how these students were going to be assessed this year, but we were in a very good position as a school, due the upward trajectory the Wellfield results have been on over the last few years.

 

We are delighted that the vast majority of our students have more than enough to enable them to take up the destinations they have applied for and I have no doubt some of them may even be able to aspire to higher level courses/apprenticeships than they originally considered, now their grades have been confirmed. We have been very careful to guide our students towards courses and apprenticeships at which they will excel, regardless of the grades they have now received and we wish them every success in the future’.

 

Helen Dicker, Chair of Governors and Chair of Trustees for Endeavour Learning Trust, concluded: “It has been a terrifically difficult 18 months in education. Students and staff alike should rightly celebrate the achievements they have accumulated throughout the whole of the last 5 years.”

 

 

Mrs L A Gwinnett                         Mr J Lewis

 

Executive Headteacher                      Head of School