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Living up to its aim to provide individual learning, Dagfa School, Nottingham has announced a new initiative for pupils studying for their GCSE’s.

From September 2013, entry at year 10 will be into Dagfa’s new Diamond Class, a two year learning programme, which was launched at the school’s open day, in November of last year.

Named for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Year, the Diamond Class is aimed at pupils of average ability and will consist of just 10-12 pupils. Whilst the class will be fully integrated into school life, its pupils will benefit from smaller class sizes and tailored learning programmes that aim to identify the needs of every individual.

The school maintains consistently good results at GCSE, with 84% of pupils this year awarded 5 or more A*-C grades. Many pupils far exceeded their predicted results, with 18% achieving straight A/A* passes, a significant achievement for a non-selective school. Indeed, the school’s most recent inspection report, in January 2012, stated, “The level of attainment [at Dagfa] at GCSE is above the average achieved by pupils of similar ability”

Head Jane Le Poidevin, is keen that the launch of the Diamond Class allows this level of achievement to continue.

She explains, “We believe that good grades at GCSE are a young person’s passport to a successful future. We are fortunate that, as a small, independent, co-educational school, we are in a position to identify each pupil’s particular strengths and weaknesses and to provide proactive learning programmes to ensure that they increase their attainment. We are very excited that the Diamond Class will allow each individual to shine and to obtain grades that will take them onto the next leg of their learning journey.”

More information can be found by contacting the school on 0115 913 8330.



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