Pupils at one of Teesside’s most reputable Independent schools are celebrating after receiving outstanding GCSE results.
Staff and pupils revelling in Red House School’s academic success, were also keen to emphasise while grades are important, it is the extra-curricular activities and wider opportunities provided over the years, which will set pupils apart from their peers in the future.
The Norton-based school provides education from Early Years to GCSE, but is not restricted by the National Curriculum. Pupils are not required to sit SATs exams, which allows the school’s curriculum to be flexible and provide a broad and dynamic education to all.
Among those pupils who have accomplished success both inside and outside the classroom, are Faryal Ijaz, Katherine Wales, Samuel Chell and Emily Snowden.
Faryal has achieved 11 GCSEs, (8 A*, 2 A and 1 B), as well as Grade 6 in piano and Katherine has earned the same number of GCSEs, (6A*, 1 A and 4B) while committing time to The Duke of Edinburgh Award. Competing in national swimming meets has not affected Samuel, who has gained 9 fantastic GCSE grades, including 4 A* and Emily’s strong work ethic saw her attain 10 GCSEs with 6 at A* level, while also being heavily involved with numerous sporting activities.
“We pride ourselves in offering an education that not only results in academic excellence, but prepares pupils with life skills and confidence to excel, ensuring they shine at every opportunity,” said headmaster Mr Taylor.
“We believe this is vital in developing children’s interests and talents, while ultimately preparing them for their GCSE’s. This also allows us to build a personalised curriculum for each and every pupil to truly target each child’s strengths and interests.
“Our GCSE pupils have not only gained valuable life skills during their time at Red House, they have done extremely well academically and their success is a credit to not only their hard work, but the support and commitment of their teachers.”
It is believed, more and more that an open approach to delivering a rounded education for school children should not be underestimated, especially with regards to setting them up for working life.
Earlier this month, the results of research carried out among 1,750 businessmen and women, found more than half were interested in whether a candidate had done any voluntary work and that business leaders are increasingly looking for “soft” skills and personality, as well as academic achievements, when hiring workers.
The survey conducted by British Gas, also showed almost three in five 16-25 year-olds think businesses only care about academic grades when hiring, but more than nine in 10 employers say candidates should focus on soft skills just as much as their grades.
These findings come as no surprise to Red House School which has maintained an envied reputation for pastoral care and academic excellence for over 86 years, providing a well-rounded and balanced education for all pupils.
Small class sizes enable teaching staff to understand pupils’ unique personalities, interests and strengths, offering a bespoke education tailored to each child.
Mr Taylor added: “What makes Red House truly unique is the renowned ethos and spirit of the School.
“This nurturing environment allows us to capture and develop the intrinsic curiosity and love of learning of each child right across the School and our positive and supportive environment creates a unique family atmosphere, which is apparent from the moment you are welcomed into the School.”
To find out more about Red House School, please visit: http://www.redhouseschool.co.uk/