from Damien Kearns, Principal
It is my pleasure to extend a very warm welcome to you and I hope that you will find all the necessary information that you require about our school and our unique approach to education. The High School opened in September 2012 and we have now reached the stage in our development where we have 550 pupils in years 7-11. Our sixth form largely comprises our own students, though we do also benefit from students joining our sixth form from other schools. In total, therefore, we have approximately 660 pupils that benefit from our virtues-led approach to education that nurtures both the minds and hearts of our pupils.
GCSE Results - 2019 I am delighted to report that our students have achieved an excellent set of GCSE results for the third successive year. Nishkam's values led approach to education has helped shape the character of our year 11 students and those self-same values, such as optimism, diligence and determination have also provided GCSE results that should make all those associated with the school feel humble but proud. It is the individual work of students that combine to create the school headlines. Those headlines this year include: · over 25% of all grades awarded this year were the very top grades (the new grades 9, 8 and 7) and emphasises our focus on 'excellence'; this figure compares to the 2019 national figure of 20.8% · our best ever percentage of pupils achieving a 'strong' pass (grade 5 or better) in both English and maths · a record seventy-two students made better than expected progress across all eight of the subjects that they studied · progress and attainment scores that we believe will keep the school in the top 10% of all schools nationally in both key performance categories I am indebted to the tremendous work of all the staff at Nishkam High School that helps guide and inspire our students. I am a fortunate school Principal to work with and lead such a talented group of people. My thanks also to parents and the wider community who have helped our children steer a path through what are regarded as the most demanding examinations of recent times. I look forward to seeing many of our students extend their journey with Nishkam by returning into our sixth form when the new academic year commences next week. Kind Regards, D. Kearns
A level results continue their upward trajectory Last Thursday saw our largest cohort of Year 13 students, amid great anticipation, receive their A level results. For many this signaled the end of a 7 year journey at Nishkam, having started at the school back at its inception in 2012. Congratulations to all students and staff involved. It is with confidence that we feel the outcomes and values that our students take with them from Nishkam will serve them well in the next steps of their journeys. For many, this is universities of their choice, both near and far. Particular congratulations go the following students, who showed notable self discipline, determination and commitment. Sara Ali – A*AA - Reading Psychology at the University of Birmingham Parkirat Atwal – A*AB - Reading Law at the University of Birmingham Harjinder Korana – A*BB - Reading Economics at Aston University Prabhmehar Rai - AAB - Secured KPMG apprenticeship Varinder Goray – AAB - Reading Economics at the University of Loughborough Jasmeet Hunjan – AAB - Reading Business Management with Marketing at the University of Birmingham With GCSE results out tomorrow, Year 11 students can collect their results at 9am from the school hall. Following this they will have a brief meeting with a member of the Senior Leadership Team to discuss their onward plans, with a significant majority keen to secure their A level places at our growing Sixth Form. Best of luck to all involved.
Please see attached information for a UK event celebrating and learning from the legacy of Guru Nanak Dev ji. Please use the following links for more information and bookings www.uk550.co.uk/timetable
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One final note from Mr Kearns, our Principal. Upon our return on August 29, you will be aware that a new school day will operate that sees all pupils finish school at 3.20pm each day; this allows space for staff to engage with two hours of Career Professional Development per week that will enhance their understanding and delivery of our vision here at the High School. The school library is available after school until 4pm for pupils whose parents have a logistical 'balancing act' in collecting other siblings but we would like all children to be off the site by 4:15pm unless they are participating in sports clubs (as well as revision sessions for older students at particular points in the year). Your cooperation in ensuring that all children are safely collected in a timely manner is very much appreciated.
Here is our final newsletter, have a wonderful break. See you on the 29th August
Exploring the life and legacy of Guru Nanak Dev Ji 7th - 11th August 2019 Join us @unibirmingham, for prayer, service, education and dialogue to celebrate Guru Nanak Dev Ji's 550th birth anniversary. For more information, visit https://t.co/OykfDhurwW #GuruNanak550 #UK550. https://t.co/TTuIJ4TMXY
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