Pupils reached new levels of dedication as they gave up their half-term holiday to improve exam results and raise standards.
Fifty Year 11 students from St Hild’s Church of England School in Hartlepool have shown true dedication to exams and spent four days on a distraction-free residential revision break at Carlton Outdoor Education Centre on the North Yorkshire Moors.
Students were joined by teachers, who attended in their own time and put together a full rigorous revision schedule for maths, English and science, along with history and geography ahead of crucial GCSEs.
Suzanne Sotheran, head of Year 11, and Paul Wyness the school’s deputy headteacher, co-ordinated the residential stay while a number of other teachers gave up their time to attend in an effort to raise results.
Mrs Sotheran said: “The revision break was first organised last year as a one-off with the aim of increasing students’ confidence ahead of their exams and helping them to improve their grades.
“The students were able to work in smaller groups and work really hard, we are extremely proud of them, not only for giving up most of their half-term break, but the way everyone supported each other in their learning.”
Student Jade Kearns said: “The smaller study groups were really helpful because there was more one-to-one time with teachers.”
Aside from the hard work, students were also allowed some free time to relax and have fun, including singing on the karaoke, playing bingo and competing in “Gender Wars”.
Student Daniel Fletcher added: “We all had more time to speak to our teachers and we got a lot done, whilst still having some fun.”
Mrs Southeran added: “The teachers who gave up their time to attend the residential course, also deserve a lot of praise.
“It just goes to show how we are all in it together here at St Hild’s as we strive to raise the standards and give all students the best possible education.”