College is setting its sights high, MP told

HEADTEACHER Mark Anstiss has predicted better exam results for Felpham Community College this summer.

Mr Anstiss said he was sure students about to start sitting their GCSEs and A-levels would achieve a lot of success.

“The foundations here are firmly in place. We now need to strive as hard as we can to get higher standards and to become an outstanding school in every aspect.

“I’m confident the exam results this year will be significantly better than last year,” he said. That saw 77 per cent of students achieve at least five A*-C GCSEs.

Mr Anstiss made his prediction during a tour of the Felpham Way college of just over 1,300 students by Bognor Regis and Littlehampton MP Nick Gibb.

It was Mr Gibb’s first visit to the college for two years. His previous tour came when he had been in his former role as the government’s schools’ minister for a year and Mr Anstiss had been the college’s head for a year.

The tour saw Mr Gibb visit lessons in humanities and science among others.

It came as the college gears up to receive its first full intake of 240 new students this September for several years.

“I’m particularly delighted parents are wanting to send their children here,” said Mr Anstiss.

At the other end of the age range, there are 90 more sixth formers than a few years ago.

Mr Anstiss also used the visit by Mr Gibb to raise his concerns about exam watchdog Ofqual and the national education system.

“I accept things are in a state of flux with exams,” said Mr Anstiss. “But I’ve made it clear to Mr Gibb that what we are asking for is consistency. All schools should be treated the same.”

Mr Gibb said he could see the difference in the Felpham Way college.

“The college certainly seems to be cleaner and more orderly than it was,” he said. “Mark has really got to grip with these issues and the students’ behaviour seems really good.

“It’s now a case of getting the academic standards as high as possible. That is the clear objective for this college.”