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QEG's students win praise
HIGH-achiving students won praise at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School‘s annual prize-giving.
Staff, students and parents came together at King George’s Hall on Thursday night to celebrate the achievements of the past year - a period in which the school roll has increased from 453 to more than 700.
Headteacher of the West Park Road school, Simon Corns, said the huge increase in numbers was a sign that the decision to become a Free School was one that was fully supported by the community.
Guest speaker, University College London professor, Sophie Scott, recounted her time at QEGS and praised the quality of the science teaching which she said she used as inspiration to teach her university students.
Professor Scott explained the nature of her specialist role as professor of cognitive neurosciences and her work with the human brain, reminding pupils: “You have an amazing processing machine in your head. Make sure that you use it to its full potential.”
Mr Corns praised students for their hard work over the year and said: “100% of our sixth formers were offered places at universities this year, and we wish them all well as they embark on the next stage of their lives.”
He described this success as a testament to the school’s way of preparing students well for their future rather than ‘spoon-feeding’ them and said: “We do not operate, unlike some sixth form colleges, an educational cafeteria system in which students simply pick and choose what they want to do during the day, assuming they have taken the significant decision as to whether to get out of bed or not” criticising other schools, saying “plenty of institutions do not believe it is their concern to look after their students.”
QEGs students currently pay £10,236 per year in fees but next year, the school will open its doors to non-paying students.
Free schools were introduced by education secretary, Michael Gove.
They receive their payments directly from Government, but are not controlled by the local education authority.
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