Baysgarth School is now one of the top five performing schools in the Humber region according to the latest government performance tables.
The tables, which are available to the public at https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/ and allow parents a number of search options, rank all of the secondary schools in the country. Out of the 6,382 secondary providers in the country, Baysgarth ranks at 395, comfortably within the top 10% of schools nationally.
In the local area, only the North Bank Outstanding schools of South Hunsley and St Marys are ranked higher, with further afield schools Bridlington School and Axholme Academy making up the rest of the top five schools in the Humber area which encompasses Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.
Head Teacher Richard Briggs said, "We are incredibly proud of how far we have come in such a short space of time. In 2015 we were named the most improved school in North Lincolnshire and now in 2016 we have become one of the top five performing schools across four local authorities. Students who come to Baysgarth know they receive a great start in life thanks to their own hard work and brilliant attitude to their studies as well as the fantastic support provided by inspirational teachers. It's great news for all the families who live in our catchment area to know that their local school is also the first choice for results. With all the talk in the press about grammar schools and academies it's really important to emphasise that we, as a local authority comprehensive school, produce the best outcomes in this area. The most able students, if they attend Baysgarth, will make better progress than at any other local school. Similarly, students who are disadvantaged or have special educational needs will also make better progress with us than they will at any other local school. The fact that we cater so well for our whole community makes me incredibly proud and I hope the town of Barton and the surrounding villages are similarly proud of their school."
The news couldn't have come at a better time for Baysgarth as it celebrates the move into it's brand new buildings at the end of the month. Students will return to the new multi-million pound school after their half term break and are really looking forward to the new facilities. With the purpose-built sixth form facilities that operate in conjunction with John Leggott College, unique on-site vocational Humber Skills Centre and sports village with it's flagship 3G floodlit full-size football pitch due to be built next summer, the school now has an impressive offer for families in the local community and beyond. It really is living up to its strapline of 'Strive. Believe. Achieve.'
2016 has been another record-breaking year for students at Baysgarth School who smashed last year's results which were themselves the best in the history of the school.
In two years the school has improved from 42% 5A*-C including English and Maths to 60%, making it one of the highest attaining schools in the county.
More than 20 students achieved the highest A* grade in a variety of different subjects and the English results were particularly impressive, with four out of every five students achieving at least a C and over a quarter achieving A or A* grades.
'I am incredibly proud of our students and our staff. The students we have here are just fantastic and we are now seeing them fulfil their potential. Two years ago this school was languishing near the bottom of the league tables and now we are one of the top performing schools. We have gone from being in the bottom 20% nationally to the top 10% in terms of the value we add to our students and the progress they make whilst they are under our care. This is a testament to the skills, passion and dedication of our teaching staff and the way we support our students.'
Richard Briggs, Headteacher
'These results speak for themselves. I want to place on record my thanks to staff, parents and particularly our students for their hard work. Three cheers for Baysgarth.'
Peter Swann, Chair of Governors
Baysgarth School support staff will be recognised on Friday 25th November as part of a UK-wide celebration of the invaluable contribution they make to the education of pupils.
The 'Stars in Our Schools' event is to promote the wonderful work Baysgarth School support staff do every day, and to make sure the world knows just how vital they are to us.
This annual UK-wide celebration day is a great opportunity for pupils, parents and teachers to promote the work of their support staff and thank them for their outstanding contribution.
School support staff are so often the unsung heroes in our schools and play an integral part of the education of young people. Their roles are incredibly diverse, from cooks, cleaners and caretakers to family support advisers, examinations staff and the administrative team. They play a vital role in every aspect of school life and without them schools could not run.
Headteacher, Richard Briggs, commented: 'Without the dedication of our support staff we could not have achieved the fantastic results that now mean we are one of the top five performing schools in the Humber region. As teachers we rely on the support staff to provide everything we need to ensure high quality learning takes place on a daily basis. Never has their role been more important at Baysgarth than in the last couple of months, where the tireless work of the site staff, cleaners, kitchen staff, admin and classroom support staff has meant a smooth transition to our new buildings. We are very proud of their efforts and fully support the celebration day on Friday'.
Serving the communities of Barton-upon-Humber and the surrounding villages of North Lincolnshire for over 35 years, Baysgarth School has a proud history. A specialist technology college since 2006, it continues to encourage the best from every one of its students.
September 2015 marked the fortieth anniversary of the introduction of comprehensive education in Barton, when Baysgarth School was founded in 1975. It may interest readers to recount events leading up to this.
In the early decades of the century only elementary education was provided in Barton; any child passing the "scholarship" had to travel to Brigg or elsewhere - the boys to the Grammar School, the girls to the High School for Girls.
With the increase in population the former Lindsey County Council (part of Lincolnshire) opened Barton Grammar School for boys and girls in 1930. Pupils who did not pass the scholarship (or 11+) remained in the all-age schools until the age of 14 or 15.
The late bus, which departs from school at 3.50pm everyday, now includes Barrow Haven. The route is as follows:
Baysgarth School: Barrow (Market Place); Barrow (Beck Pump); Barrow Haven; New Holland (Top of the High Street); New Holland (Bottom of the High Street); Goxhill (Thornton Road); Goxhill (Train Station); Thorton Curtis (Church); Wootton (Pub); Ulceby (Beginning of the village)
Ulceby (End of the village); South Killingholme; East Halton
The bus will arrive at Barrow Haven at approximately 4.00pm and all subsequent stops will arrive 1-2 minutes after the usual time. This change will come into effect as of Tuesday 27th September.
Please see the attached letter sent from Humberside Police (click on the logo below), in relation to an attempted accosting of an 11 year old in the Scunthorpe area.
If you have any information which may help the investigation or require further details, please call 101 quoting log number 89 of 27/09/2016.