GCSE RESULTS: Thomas Bennett takes ‘massive step forward’

Pauline Montalto
Pauline Montalto

The number of Thomas Bennett Community College pupils who got five A* to C at GCSE including English and maths has increased by about ten per cent.

The proportion rose to 40 per cent from 31 in 2014. Pupils got their results at school this morning (August 20).

Head of School Pauline Montalto said: “We have made a ten per cent increase on last year and we’ve improved at all levels.

“We are not there yet but we are on a journey and we have made a massive step forward.

“The GCSE was where we expected it to be.

“There was a massive improvement in maths which was the issue last year.”

Ms Montalto said the school had used ‘rigorous intervention’ to improve standards this year.

Students’ progress was mapped regularly. Teachers took prompt action to push students pupils who had started ‘dropping off’. Staff had worked with parents.

Ms Montalto said the school took in students whose achievement levels were below average.

She said: “It has been very intense but it’s what we are here to do.

“You have to make your views and vision for the school very clear.

“For me, the crux is that every student matters, every result, because it’s about improving the life chances of students in Crawley.”

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