Young people at a specialist school for children with autism or social, emotional and mental health needs in Nottingham have been celebrating a standout year for exam results.
Children at Wings School Notts, part of Kedleston Group, gained an impressive average 14 qualifications each with an incredible 184 qualifications being achieved across the school as a whole. 100% of young people gained a Maths, English and Science qualification and 100% gained an English and Maths GCSE. Many of the Wings children celebrating today joined the school having gaps in their education, having not had the diagnoses that enabled them to get the support they needed to succeed.
There was an additional reason to celebrate for one young person who will leave Wings Notts with an amazing 19 qualifications, while another gained four GCSEs at Grade 4 and above. Across the school the young people gained a total of 40 GCSEs in subjects including Maths, English, Biology, Geography and Art.
Principal Jacob Shelton said: “Wings Notts supports children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and many have experienced a significantly disrupted education before coming to the school.
“Their achievements are all the more outstanding in that context. We’re so incredibly proud of all of our young people and they should be rightly proud of themselves. These qualifications - whether they are GCSEs, vocational or a life skill - give them a fantastically strong foundation to build their future successes on.”
The school recently expanded its curriculum in line with students’ interests and aspirations to give young people access to the greatest range of qualification opportunities. The subjects studied included Maths, English, Science, Geography, History, Art, Sport, PE, PSHE, Life Skills, Animal Care, Duke of Edinburgh and Motor Mechanics.
Following their qualification successes, all of the students from Wings School Nottingham will go on to positive destinations where they will undertake further education, employment or training including taking up mainstream college placements.
Dr Lynda Mitchell, Quality and Compliance Director at Kedleston Group said : “These achievements are a fantastic testament to the young people’s hard work and determination to do well, which they undoubtedly do.
“These qualifications give the young people the tools they need to continue to achieve as they move on from school and into the world of further education, training and employment, which we’re delighted to say all of our leavers will do doing.”