November 15, 2019
News, events and information from The Northern Education Trust
Northern Education Trust is delighted to announce that four of its secondary academies are in the top 20 most improved schools in England for the period 2017-2019, for a standard pass in both English and maths.
Thomas Hepburn Community Academy leads the rankings*, placed in first position as the most improved school overall, followed by The Blyth Academy ranked 4th, Red House Academy ranked 11th, and Kearsley Academy ranked 16th.
A standard pass is defined as a student achieving grade 4 or above, with the national average being 64.4% of students achieving this in 2019. The average number of students across all Northern Education Trust academies exceeded this figure, with 66.9% of students achieving grade 4+ in English and maths.
The four Northern Education Trust academies leading the rankings showed impressive improvements in student achievements over the two years: Thomas Hepburn Community Academy increased its standard passes by 35.6%, to a phenomenal 68.6% of students achieving grade 4+; The Blyth Academy increased achievements by 31.5% to 63.5%; Red House Academy increased achievements by 25.2% to 58.2%; and Kearsley Academy increased by 23.3% to 65.3%.
Rob Tarn, Chief Executive, said: “These results are incredible and demonstrate the success of the school improvement model implemented in 2017. All our academies have risen to the challenge of improving student outcomes, and our students are now being equipped with the skills and qualifications to improve their life chances and future successes. These results are even more admirable, given the fact that all four academies are located in disadvantaged areas, where the percentage of students drawing pupil premium is around double that of the national average. We want all our students to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background, and they are all doing an outstanding job in often challenging circumstances”.
*the performance table excludes four schools who reported zero standard passes, as their students take IGCSE English, which does not count towards these statistics.