The publication of the national school performance tables https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/136603/bennett-memorial-diocesan-school provides us as a school with an annual update of how well we are doing in the public eye. This year’s public measures of school performance show that Bennett is continuing to develop very strongly indeed and is amongst the very highest performing schools both locally and nationally for how well students do at GCSE and in their A levels. Bennett’s GCSE progress score of +0.97 was the third highest in Kent just behind two girls-only selective schools; indeed when you consider Bennett girls’ performance separately at +1.18 you realise this is in fact higher than both of those two. Similarly the progress of Bennett students at A level is once again the highest in the local area.
Of course a Bennett education cannot simply be measured in these performance table terms. The school continues to prioritise the education of character, believing every student to be created for a unique purpose, with a special contribution to make. This is why we celebrate too the very high numbers of students achieving the Duke of Edinburgh Award at all three levels. We are delighted that more than 200 of our year 10 students are now enrolled this year. Put alongside this standout achievement in music, for example our chamber choir leading Evensong at Southwark Cathedral, and in drama with our current production of Much Ado about Nothing and you see the extent and standard of education offered at Bennett.
Next week Bennett will welcome Gillian Hargreaves, former BBC correspondent, to the school to present prizes and certificates to the former GCSE students whose achievements are captured in those national tables. Sitting in the audience will be lots of very proud parents who have also had a very significant hand in supporting that achievement. We look forward to celebrating that moment with them.