October 16, 2019
News, events and information from The Northern Education Trust
Students and staff in Northern Education Trust primary and secondary academies are celebrating the tremendous improvements in results for 2019.
At GCSE level, the percentage of students across the Trust achieving strong passes (grade 5+) in both English and maths has improved by 17 percentage points over two years, from 30% up to 47%. The proportion of students achieving standard passes (grade 4+) in English and maths also improved by 17 percentage points, from 50% to 67%.
Early indications show that a number of the NET secondary schools will be the most improved school in their local authority area in the two measures of a standard pass and a strong pass in both English and maths.
Three secondary academies were inspected by Ofsted in the last academic year, all receiving positive feedback on school leadership, and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, leading to improving student outcomes. One academy (Thorp) rose from Requires Improvement to Good, with inspectors reporting that the academy “provides strong leadership that is unashamedly focused on improving the life chances of every pupil”.
In the primary phase, Year 6 children reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths rose by 13 percentage points over the last two years, rising from 52% to 65%. All subjects have seen improvements, with reading increasing by 9 percentage points to 69%, writing by 9 percentage points to 77%, and maths by 10 percentage points to 76%
Three NET primary academies are in the top 5% of all primary schools nationally for progress in writing.
Five NET primary academies are in the top 25% of all primary schools nationally for progress in reading; seven NET primary academies are in the top 25% for progress in writing; and five NET primary academies are in the top 25% for maths.
Four primary academies were inspected by Ofsted in the last academic year, with three rising to a rating of Good, and one (Merlin Top) being rated Outstanding. All primary academies are now either Outstanding or Good. Inspectors recognised how the Trust and school leaders have worked effectively together to bring about considerable improvements in the quality of teaching in all the academies, meaning that pupils make increasingly strong progress at all key stages. Improvements in the behaviour of pupils was also acknowledged, with inspectors noting that pupils were proud of their schools and cooperated extremely well with one another, being polite and courteous and having positive attitudes to learning.
Rob Tarn, Chief Executive of Northern Education Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted with these results and the magnificent improvement they represent. The students are to be commended for their achievements. Their hard work along with the resolute focus from staff on teaching, learning and the curriculum has underpinned these improvements and I cannot thank the staff enough for their determined efforts and dedication to the students and the Trust”.
Jane Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive, added: “We aim to enhance the life chances of the children and young people in our care, and these results at both primary and secondary are the culmination of their incredible commitment and endeavours, allowing them to progress to the next stage of their lives with confidence in their abilities to succeed. We are extremely proud of our pupils and wish them every success with their futures”.