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  • Northern Education Trust extremely pleased with GCSE results Northern Education Trust extremely pleased with GCSE results

    Students and staff are delighted with the results achieved, particularly in the context of the return to pre-pandemic grading.

    The percentage of students across the trust who have achieved strong passes (at grade 5+) in English and maths has improved overall since 2019 by 3%, and by 1% at grade 4+. Set against the context of this year’s return to pre-pandemic exam grading, a much broader curriculum, and the fact that many academies are located in areas of high deprivation, with 45% of secondary students eligible for pupil premium, this is a very good achievement.

    At grade 5+ for English and maths, students at 8 out of 12 academies either maintained or improved upon performances from 2019, with significant improvements for the 3 newest academies to join Northern Education Trust: Freebrough Academy (34% increase); Walbottle Academy (26% increase); and Hetton Academy (15% increase). It is a similar picture for English and maths at 4+, with 8 out of 12 academies improving their performances from 2019, and again with Freebrough showing a 25% increase; Walbottle showing a 21% increase; and Hetton showing a 10% increase. Freebrough Academy also had the highest number of students in the trust achieving 5+ for English and maths (60%), and 4+ at 75%.

    Both Grangefield Academy in Stockton and Freebrough Academy in Brotton were inspected by Ofsted in the last academic year, with both academies being graded Outstanding. Freebrough Academy had previously been graded Inadequate prior to joining the trust. Walbottle Academy in Newcastle was also inspected last year, and having also previously been graded Inadequate prior to joining the trust, it was graded Good in January 2023.

    All secondary academies have seen an increase in the number of entries to the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), improving by 31% overall up to 49%. 7 academies showing significant increases of more than 35% compared against 2019. Similarly, all academies have seen improvements in EBacc achievement at both grade 5+ and 4+. 17% of students overall achieved at 5+, an increase of 12% from 2019; and 26% achieved at 4+, an increase of 18% on 2019.

    Rob Tarn CBE, Chief Executive, is very pleased with the results, saying: “Our students have worked incredibly hard over the last few years to achieve these results, with many overcoming difficult barriers to do so. I am delighted that their hard work has been rewarded with these outcomes and I am extremely proud of them – these results are the culmination of their continued efforts and dedication, allowing them to progress to the next stage of their lives with confidence in their ability to succeed. My congratulations go to every single one of them, and I wish them every possible success in their future.”

    Mark Sanders OBE, Chair of the trust board, added his congratulations, saying: “These results clearly demonstrate the effectiveness and success of the NORTHERN model of school improvement, allowing us to fulfil our vision of enhancing the life chances of our students. My thanks go to the staff for their energy and commitment to ensuring our students succeed, and to all parents, carers, governors and the trust board for their continual support. I am filled with pride for our students’ achievements.”

    10:41 am, 25 August 2023 Published in
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