GCSE Results 2016

We are delighted with the GCSE results our Y11 students collected today! Overall, 80% achieved 5 or more A*-C including English and Maths; our best results for a number of years.  30% of students achieved at least 5 A* / A grades and 95% achieved at least a C in both English and Maths.  The new performance measure , known as Progress 8, shows how well students have improved from their Key Stage 2 SATS scores – when they joined Simon Balle.  Our Progress 8 score is likely to be around 0.8 which means that students on average made almost 1 grade extra progress than expected.

GCSE results 2016As with last week’s A level results, there were many happy students and parents at 9.30 this morning as the important envelopes were opened.  Shrieks of delight could be heard ringing around the front entrance and, at one point, it was difficult to hear the phone ringing! It was pleasing to see so many students then confirm their place at Simon Balle Sixth Form to continue their studies.

Staff will be available on Friday 26th August 9am-12 noon for students who wish to discuss their options.

All students return for the start of the next academic year on Monday 5th September.

GCSE Results Day


THURSDAY 25th  AUGUST—9.30am GCSE Results—Year 11

All students need to confirm their Sixth Form choices as soon as they receive their results. If you are not available to collect your results, please contact the school on sixthform@simonballe.herts.sch.uk


THURSDAY 25th  AUGUST 10.30am to 11.30am—GCSE Results—Year 10

NB it is not compulsory for Year 10 to collect results. There will not be a member of staff in school to discuss/explain year 10 results on this day—results will be available when you return to school in September.



A Level Results 2016

We are delighted to announce our A level results for 2016:

With an overall pass rate of 100%, a third of our students achieved 2 or more A* or A grades. Our average point score per entry has increased yet again to 228.2 and 28% of grades achieved were at A*-A.  54.3% of grades were A*-B.  Our value added score shows that students of all abilities have achieved beyond expectations based on their GCSE grades.   We had students achieving A* grades in 16 different subjects,a  recognition of the strength of teaching across all areas of the curriculum.

A level 2016

The students in the photo  achieved eight A*  and ten A grades between them – a bench of success!


Whilst today is clearly focused on results, parents and students also talked about the possibilities that now lie ahead and the things they will miss about Simon Balle. They are so eloquent about their wider lives and extra curricular interests.

We have a great balance of academic, vocational and technical subjects in which students achieve highly.  The guidance we give students after their GCSE results help direct them to the most appropriate courses for both their abilities and future requirements beyond  A levels.

Ashbourne Rewards Trip 2016

Ashbourne trip 2016For the second year running, Ashbourne won the House Cup and were once again rewarded for their fantastic efforts during the year with a trip to Thorpe Park.   All members of Ashbourne who had a positive number of house points and an attendance of 95% or more were invited, plus the top points scorers overall from the other houses.

We were again rewarded with some lovely weather and short queues at the start of the day. All the Ashbourne students and staff had a great day out which was thoroughly deserved following their year of getting involved, hard work, great achievements and much sporting and musical success.

Judging by the positive comments and spontaneous thanks expressed by the students at the end of the day I am confident that we will be all out to make it a hat-trick of wins next year – although I’m sure the rest of the students in the school will have their own ideas!

Phil Carter Memorial Golf Day 2016

Golf Champs 2016We recently held the 6th annual golf day, which has been renamed the Phil Carter Memorial Golf Day.  Staff, students and parents took to the course for a round of celebration and competition.

The money raised at the event will be contributed to Steve McGovern’s participation in the Ride London – Surrey 100.  Mr McGovern has already raised more than £1,700 for Macmillan Cancer Support but you can still donate here. We all wish Steve good luck for his ride.

Rob Klippel won the cup (selected by Phil before he passed away) and Adam T won the student competition as he has each year since he joined Simon Balle as a Y7 student – 4 years running!

Politics In Action!

Last week, Y12 Politics’ students had the opportunity to visit Parliament and take part in a workshop on the development of representative democracy. It was an exciting time to visit – as it was the day before Theresa May took over as Prime Minister the central lobby was a busy and vibrant place!  We saw many MPs and a few ministers as we were given a tour of the building.

Politics Parliament 2016It was great to see in action what we had been learning about in class, particularly watching the debates in the Lords and Commons and learning about the history that was all around us.  We walked past the statues that suffragettes had chained themselves to in St Stephen’s Hall before stepping into Westminster Hall where Charles I was put on trial on charges of tyranny and treason.

We finished the visit with a workshop on the influence of pressure groups on Parliament, looking particularly at the role of the suffragettes in gaining the vote for women.  We all left having learnt something new about how Parliament functions and managed to take a look at 10 Downing Street and the many government departments along Whitehall on the way home.

Y9 Boys District Cricket Winners

On Thursday afternoon our Y9 Boys played Leventhorpe in the District Cricket Final.

This was the boys first experience of reaching the final, and you wouldn’t have known as they handled themselves very well. The boys got of to a poor start losing two wickets early on, however captain Jack Smith led by example scoring 73 runs out of the total of 125.

Y8 District Champions 2016The opposition batted well to start with but we were always in touch through excellent fielding, marshalled by Jack Smith and Noah Osborn. The 14th over was the key turning point in the match with Jack bowling a hat-trick of wickets (0-3) with Simon Balle going on to win by 7 runs.

Man of the match and captain Jack Smith’s leadership in the field was excellent and as a result Leventhorpe never had time to settle.

Congratulations to all the boys in what was –  over the entirety of the competition – a great team effort.

Y8 Book Review Website

Simon Balle Book RevewsI recently ordered a box of new, high quality fiction and set my class the task of reading a book and writing a professional-style book review to promote reading across the school.

Some wonderful book reviews were written by the class. Tom McGill and Scott Watson have created for a website to display them all on.

If you wish to access some some summer reading recommendations then please click on the following link: http://tommcgill30.wix.com/simonballereviews

I wish you a summer of enjoyable reading!

Mail From Buckingham Palace

What an exciting day it was when an envelope arrived in the post with a royal stamp on it!
Royal post 1Back in April, reception children made birthday cards for Her Majesty and these were compiled in a book and sent to the palace.  It was a real honour to receive such a lovely recognition for the thoughts the children had for her birthday.Royal post 2
Abbie said, “I like the picture of the Queen in the card. It made me feel really good!”
Sonny said, “I felt happy getting a card from the Queen. It was exciting!”