Mill Chase graded top for maths

By Farnham Herald in Education

MILL Chase Academy students have just two weeks until they collect their GCSE results on Thursday, August 24, with staff hoping to keep the standards high.

Last year 79 per cent of students achieved or exceeded the Government’s expected progress measure in mathematics and 69 per cent of students did so in English.

These results were said to be “particularly pleasing” as they showed an increase of nine per cent in mathematics and 18 per cent in English compared to 2015’s results.

The school has also been seeing a “significant increase” in the proportion of students achieving A* and A grades since becoming an academy in 2014 - students will find out in just a couple of weeks if they are keeping up the good work.

Meanwhile, at the end of last term the school was celebrating its “outstanding success” in mathematics over the past academic year.

A school summary report, published jointly by Ofsted and the Department for Education and known as RAISEonline, shows that last summer’s GCSE results placed the maths department in the top six per cent of schools in the country.

In a statement, the Bordon secondary school said that further analysis of the 30 nearest secondary schools to Mill Chase - on the Department for Education performance tables website - revealed that the mathematics department outperformed “every single school based on the Government’s new progress-eight measure”.

Principal Paul Hemmings said: “I have always maintained that one of my most important roles is to is to ensure that the very best teachers remain at the academy while appointing high-quality, talented staff. Having such excellent teachers, working in partnership with our supportive parents and our hard-working students, has clearly had a significant impact on their success.”

As well as a strong performance at GCSE level, students have also “excelled” in national and regional maths competitions, the school said.

Earlier this year, two year-eight students, Charlie Morgan and Amy Bradshaw, joined up with two year-nine students, Christopher Wagstaff and Harry Huggins, to compete in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Team Challenge. The Mill Chase team won second place in the regional final at Churcher’s College, in Petersfield, beating the majority of the secondary schools in the region which entered.

This qualified the team for the national final in London, meaning that it finished in the top four per cent of all state and independent secondary schools in the country.

Successes from the UKMT Individual Challenge included head girl Emily Morgan, who secured her place in the final round of the intermediate challenge, which is for years nine, 10 and 11.

From the junior mathematics challenge, for years seven and eight, Charlie Morgan got through to the final round and achieved a merit at this level and Luca Robinson got through to the final olympiad round which is a new record for Mill Chase. Not only did Charlie get through to this round, he also achieved a merit at this highest level.

In November, year 10 students attended the Mathematics Feast event run by the Further Mathematics Trust, in Surrey, winning the main round and finishing second overall in the Surrey region.

Mill Chase head of mathematics Elizabeth Cross said: “I am very proud of our students’ outstanding achievements this year and they have worked incredibly well with us.

“I am very fortunate to have such a hard-working and enthusiastic team of teachers working within a very supportive department.

“We are all looking forward to even greater success next year.”

Just before the summer holidays in 2016, Mill Chase Academy and Bordon Junior School competed together in the annual Secondary Primary Mathematics Challenge at Alton College and won the final against all other local schools linked to Alton College.

Mill Chase Academy also runs its own annual Mathematics Primary Challenge for local junior and primary schools in the summer term.

Liphook Junior School won bronze, and Bordon Junior School A and B teams won silver and gold.

The gold winners then accompanied year-10 students to the Alton College Secondary-Primary Mathematics Challenge.

Headteacher of Bordon Junior School Chris James said: “It is important for our academically more able pupils to be challenged, and the opportunity to compete against the best from other local schools is part of this.

“Our pupils are ready for the next phase of their education - they are prepared to challenge themselves and know how to ensure success. The excellent mathematics department at Mill Chase Academy provides the perfect next step for our most able pupils and, as we continue to work ever more closely together, we are confident of even greater future achievements.”

In October 2016, Mill Chase Academy was inspected for the first time, with Ofsted judging the school to be “good” in all areas.

Mr Hemmings added: “This continued rapid improvement emphasises the commitment I made when I was appointed in April 2014, which is to provide our town with an outstanding secondary school.”

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