WWI Battlefields Trip

Ballakermeen is running a trip to the WWI Battlefields (based in Ypres) from the 11th to the 16th July 2016 .

We will be visiting the Menin Gate, one of the largest and most important British memorials to the Missing of the British Empire in the Ypres Salient.  We will also experience the moving ‘Last Post Ceremony’.  Students will visit the Sanctuary Wood Museum to see the original British trenches as well as the excellent state-of-the-art ‘In Flanders Field’ Museum, showing the War through the eyes of the soldiers, nurses, refugees and children.

The cost will be £515, based on 44 students.  If fewer than 44 apply, the cost will go up. However, the Elizabeth Clucas Trust has, very kindly, provided funds to help schools on the Island to run trips to the battlefields during the Centenary years.  This money will be used to reduce the cost of the trip to £405 per student (again based on 44).

This promises to be a very worthwhile trip and these Centenary years are a wonderful time to see these important sites.

Letters are at the Foyer and the deadline for submitting letters is the 9th October.

If students want any more information, they should speak to their History teacher.

Our Results

Congratulations to all our students for another outstanding set of examination results!

At Advanced Level, our ‘headline’ figures are:

  • 100% pass rate in over 20 subjects (with a 99.4% pass rate overall!)
  • 26% of grades are A* – A
  • 45% of grades are A* – B
  • 73% of students achieved A* – C – what a magnificent statistic!

Whether you are off to university, or are joining the world of work, you should be thrilled with your achievements. We are very proud of you and although we are saying a fond farewell, we will remember you with affection.

At GCSE, we thought it would be difficult to improve upon last year’s results which were the best in the school’s history, but ….

2015 is another record-breaking year with 63% of our students achieving at least 5 GCSEs at grade C and above, including English and Maths!

Lots of individual students have achieved ‘straight As’ – well done superstars!

Students: if you haven’t quite got the grades you hoped for, it is not the end of the world. Please speak to a teacher about other opportunities available.

Parents: thank you for your support – and if your children have not done as well as you hoped, please hug them anyway and acknowledge all their positive qualities.

Mrs Burnett