This year there have been a number of changes to the qualifications that students complete, with most GCSEs now using 9 to 1 grades. There have also been changes to the qualifications that are included in the performance tables. As we offer a bespoke and individualised approach which allows students to complete GCSEs and Technical awards at different points across Years 9, 10 & 11, there were a number of students who left last year with great GCSE grades, but in the old A*- G format. An example of this was the French and Spanish GCSE students who completed their course at the end of Year 10, with almost 70% of the students achieving a ‘grade C’ or higher, but none of these grades were counted in the performance table data released by the DFE in October. To ensure the hard work and great results achieved by our students is recognised, the table below includes all qualifications that students completed during their time at the Academy. The official DFE data can be viewed by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
The Academy was inspected in October 2017. We were pleased that the inspectors recognised many of the Academy’s strengths including:
However, when they considered the progress made by our students, particularly our disadvantaged students, in the 2017 exams and the attendance of our disadvantaged students, inspectors decided that we were a school which requires improvement. We believe it is unfortunate that the inspectors did not give more weight to the 2015 and 2016 exam results when our students made more progress than those in any school in Cheshire East but, nonetheless, we completely accept that there are, as always, things we need to improve. The full report can be found here.
Along with governors and all of our staff team, I have formulated a detailed plan to address the causes of underachievement and low attendance among some of our disadvantaged students. In particular we will:
Parents should rest assured that we will work tirelessly to make these important improvements. In implementing these changes, we will, however, also hold firm to the many strengths of the Academy which the inspectors recognised in the report and which led 95% of our parents to tell them that they would recommend the Academy to a friend.
If there is any aspect of the report which you wish to discuss in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. I should then be very happy to arrange either a telephone call or a personal meeting to discuss the report further and to explain the changes we are making as a result.
Please look at our exam results, our Ofsted report and the school performance tables. However, please also remember they are only part of the story. Please also come and see our staff and students at work and see the powerful attitude to learning that underpins the progress our students make every day. Every day is an open day at the Academy so please feel free to make an appointment to come and see us on any day in the school year.
Link to performance tables Click Here
New GCSEs: Parent Guide to Results Click Here