Blessed Hugh has been on a consistent improvement journey for over seven years, and throughout the Lockdown period we were clear that this improvement would not stall, but would continue. Therefore we are delighted to see that our 2023 GCSE, A Level, GCSE and Btec results show that students have continued to do well. The all-important English-Maths threshold results have also improved, reflecting excellent core teaching. The proportion of our students applying to University who achieved great offers was also very high, including Oxbridge, Durham and other top Russell Group destinations, and, given the extraordinary challenges this generation of examinees has had to face, we could not be more proud of them.
For students to achieve they need to feel they belong and that they matter. Our curriculum intent is informed by a belief that our school plays a part in developing young people to live flourishing lives, informed by the Catholic Christian faith underpinning Blessed Hugh. It is also an ambitious curriculum, not only in offering a broad range of opportunities to develop academically, but also to provide a formative experience that allows students to develop as a young person into early adulthood. Blessed Hugh fully embraces the title of a 'character forming school'. We believe generosity, truthfulness, fortitude resilience and love – as some of the attributes of a flourishing life - should be rightly prized, encouraged and celebrated alongside academic excellence.
Ultimately, a school is a living, vibrant community, and as a prospective parent / student you have a choice. We will be delighted to welcome you and show you around once you make contact, and give you the chance to meet our most powerful ambassadors – our students.
I look forward to meeting you in due course.
Dr Simon Uttley