In August 2011, partner school of Teach First in the UK, Bethnal Green Technology College saw significant improvement in their GCSE results. Here principal Mark Keary reflects on this achievement.
"Bethnal Green Technology College (BGTC) this year celebrated a fourth successive year of unprecedented improvement. 88% of students achieved 5 or more GCSEs at A* to C and 80% of them achieved 5 or more at A* to C including English and Maths. 92% of students who were at the school since starting in Year 7 achieved 5 GCSEs at A* to C including English and Maths.
This represents a rise of 53% over the last 4 years. Based on last year's published tables, BGTC would rank as the most improved school in England.
The story behind these results is one of tireless work and effort by students, staff and all stakeholders in the school over a sustained period of time.
In addition, the school has seen great successes with students who have been excluded from other schools and who have joined BGTC mid-year. The structured and supportive environment created by the efforts of young and enthusiastic staff, working alongside experienced staff, has enabled these students to excel.
BGTC has strong links with Teach First and the energy and commitment of the participants who have joined the school during these eventful years has been instrumental in shaping a new culture of expectation.
The 2011 Teach First cohort who start at BGTC this week will not have to look far for inspiration. The Assistant Principal who is leading the staff development programme was part of the 2005 cohort.
She is only one of many participants who have made the jump from leaders of learning to leaders of teams and whole school priorities at BGTC.
And, as ever, Teach First participants are at the front in helping to shape our school's future."
Mark Keary, Headteacher, Bethnal Green Technology College
There are currently nine Teach First participants and seven ambassadors [alumni] working in the school, one of whom, Tessa Blair (2005 Ambassador) is the Assistant Principal.