Despite the doom and gloom predictions of a reduction in the number of top grades amongst this year’s cohort, nearly a quarter of our students at Bootham have 10 or more A/A* said Ruth Crabtree, Academic Deputy at the York Independent School where students were celebrating another set of what the School described as ‘excellent results’.
Ruth Crabtree, who was appointed in 2012 to focus on teaching and learning, went on to explain,
After last year’s national fiasco over grade boundaries in GCSE English Language, we have been switching more of our subjects onto the IGCSE syllabus. Although these are considered to be tougher academically, we have been delighted with an excellent set of results. The reason is, I believe, that there is little or no coursework, and this gives more time for our teachers to teach. In too many cases learning is purely assessment driven. Now I may be considered a maverick, but I believe, and as is shown to be the case at Bootham, that when you give teachers the time and autonomy to teach in depth, rather than to a grid-like formula, the results will speak for themselves
Headmaster, Jonathan Taylor, concurred,
The deadweight of the old formula is simply not delivering. Students deserve to have the best of what a teacher can inspire within them. Creating that sense of adventurous learning is what our profession is all about.Some of Bootham’s top performers this year include champion sailor, Fred Garside, with 10 A*’s plus 2 A’s; keen horsewoman, Lois van der Voort, who got 10A*’s plus 3 A’s; regular stars in school drama productions, Holly Jeffrey (11 A*’s plus 1A) and Casper Davidson (10 A*’s and 2 A’s) and keen footballer and member of the U18 league winning team, Jonah Tomlin-Kent, who got 10A*’s. Others with 10 or more A*’s were Jamie Altmann, Sophie Brooks, Nicholas Dyson, Andrew Hodgson, Adam Kaye, Nicole Langedijk, Liam Langedijk, Elliot Long, Nancy Slater, Lisa Surmenko, Joseph Walker and Ada Wordsworth.