Alan Porteous Head Teacher Personal Statement

17 August 2017

Congratulations to BRGS A Level Students on their excellent exam results!

In 2017:

•    The percentage of students gaining A* to B grades at A level was 68%.  

•    The overall achievement at A*/A was 39% which we expect to be significantly higher than the national figure. (2017 national figure to be confirmed but in 2016 it was 25.8%).

•    40 students achieved the excellent standard of three or more passes at grade A*/A. This constitutes 21% of the year group. 

•    4 students achieved 4 A*/As: Matt Fry, Olivia Healey, Bethanne Jones and William Moppett 

•    9 students achieved 3 A* : Isabel Cormack, Holly Ewens, Aimie Foster, Matt Fry, Olivia Healey, Bethanne Jones, William Moppett, Georgia Service and Anna Shepherd  

•    At least 8 students have achieved places to study at Oxford or Cambridge Universities – they are Tom Chesworth, Olivia Healey and Sam Porteous (Cambridge) and Aimie Foster, Olivia James, Bethanne Jones, Will Moppett and Amy Wilkinson (Oxford)

•    5 students have achieved a place to study Medicine with one student going on to study Dentistry.  

Alan Porteous, Headteacher said:  “The year has been particularly challenging for our students as they have responded to the increased demands of the new A-level courses.  We are delighted with these results which reflect the hard work and effort of our students over the past two years, and the dedication of our staff who have prepared them so well for these more challenging examinations and have enabled them to achieve so highly. We are very proud of all our students’ achievements and wish them every success in the future.”

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A teenage student has been found dead in a park just weeks before he was expected to get 'superb' GCSE results.

Thomas Gallagher, 16, of Holcombe Road, Bury was found dead on Saturday, July 11.

His teachers described him as intelligent and well-liked with high expectations of going on to study at Oxford.

Hundreds of friends have taken to Facebook to pay tribute to the Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School pupil and a memorial service has been organised to take place at Marl Pits, Rawtenstall, on Saturday, July 25.

Alan Porteous, headteacher at BRGS, said: "It is with great sorrow that we mourn the loss of one of our year 11 students, Tom Gallagher.

"Tom was an exceptional student who had great intellectual curiosity and an enquiring mind.

"Tom was well liked within school and always willing to talk. He will be sadly missed by students and staff alike. His family are in all our thoughts and prayers.

"Academically, he was very strong and had recently successfully completed his GCSEs, with high expectations of a superb set of results this summer.

"Tom was planning to return to BRGS in September to study A levels and in the longer term he was hoping to continue to study these subjects at Oxford."

A Facebook tribute page which has been set up by students for Tom has been 'liked' more than 500 times.

One student posted: "I am not ready to let go of him yet, because I just can't comprehend him not being here, with his goofy smile and doctor who references.

"There's no one like Tom. Not even close. He was this person you couldn't even imagine, but there he was."

Another posted: "Tom although you are gone, I assure you that you won't be forgotten. Your name will crop up in Maths lessons and German lessons alike at BRGS for many years to come."

Bereavement counselling has been provided to pupils and staff at the school and a book of remembrance is available outside the head teacher's office.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "Police were called to Old Kays Park off Turton Road in Tottington shortly after 8am on Saturday, July 11 to reports a body had been found.

"Officers attended and discovered the body of a 16-year-old boy.

"There are no suspicious circumstances and the matter will be referred to the coroner."

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