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One Head’s Story, Tracy Tresler

I am Head of Wilmington Academy which is a non-selective secondary modern surrounded by grammar schools so that our students are of mid/low ability. So, we start from a basis that is lower  than the national average starting point. Nor are we short of competition: North West Kent College is a big draw and some of our most able students leave to go to the grammar schools. Before our move to the CP, we had 130 students in the Sixth Form and we offered them three post-16 pathways, academic, which meant A Levels, vocational, which meant BTECs and a combination.  Although we were continually reviewing our offering, we were not content, and this was brought to a head by the reform of A levels. Click here to read the full article.