Spalding Academy gets its highest ever Progress 8 score from Department for Education
More proof of improving standards at Spalding Academy has come with new figures showing it to be one of top non-selective, mixed schools in Lincolnshire.
Department for Education (DfE) figures measuring the progress made by students across a range of subjects between the ends of Years 6 and 11 put Spalding Academy 13th in the county, just two places behind Spalding High School, South Holland's top-ranked school in the DfE table.
Bourne Academy, Spalding Academy's partner school in the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust (SLAT), rose seven places from last year's DfE figures to become the fifth highest-placed school in Lincolnshire, just two places behind Bourne Grammar School which was joint top for so-called Progress 8 scores last year.
SLAT executive head teacher Lucy Conley said: "I am extremely pleased to be able to share the success of both schools within the Trust and recognised by the DfE in its provisional end of Key Stage 4 progress scores for 2019.
"As last year, Bourne Academy and Spalding Academy are the number one and number two highest performing, mixed, non-selective, non-faith secondary schools in Lincolnshire.
"The steady, year-on-year improvement seen at Spalding Academy continues at a fast pace, with this being the highest ever progress score for the school.
"In addition, the performance tables show that Bourne Academy is one of only five schools rated as performing well above the national average in terms of performance.
"All the staff and students at the Trust's two schools are extremely proud of these results."
Spalding Academy was judged to be good in all areas after a two-day Ofsted inspection in June.
A report following the inspection said that "the school has improved rapidly", with Mrs Conley and senior staff receiving praise for giving Spalding Academy "clear direction and strong leadership".
Mrs Conley said: "We do not see exam results as the only goal for our learners as the behaviour and attitudes of our students are now excellent, with both schools providing a positive, respectful culture in which staff know and care about all learners and have high aspirations for them.
"I am also very proud that both of our schools are known in the local community for the strong pastoral support and care theyprovide for our young people, the central spine of each school.
"All students feel they are highly supported through the robust pastoral support system at both Bourne Academy and Spalding Academy in what is an increasingly complex and challenging modern world.
"I would like to congratulate all of the students and staff who have worked so hard in 2018-19 and this positive Progress 8 score is the recognition they deserve, something that is set to continue this year."
Jonathan Maddox, head teacher at Bourne Grammar School, said: "In recent years we have featured especially prominently in terms of Progress 8, the most important measure used by the authorities to judge schools’ progress in the years up to the GCSE examinations.
"Our Progress 8 figure this year (0.8) is significantly ahead of the excellent and leading figure achieved last year (0.67) which means that, on average and despite our intake at Year 7 being selective, our students achieve GCSE grades which are 80 per cent of a grade above those they might be expected to achieve.
"This impressive and statistically significant figure is further evidence that our students’ fabulous success at GCSE level really is, at least in part, due to factors within the control of this particular school, such as teaching quality, academic support and pastoral care.
"Our GCSE students did brilliantly well this summer so it is pleasing to see their achievements reflected in these important national figures."
. The Deepings School was another to show signs of improvement, rising 12 places with an "average" Progress 8 score or -0.06, compared to a "below average" score of -0.38 last year.
Head teacher Richard Lord said: "We are delighted with this set of results which confirms that the past three years' gains were not a one-off.
"The strategies we have introduced to improve the progress of students at The Deepings School are sustainable but, importantly, these improvements have come from across a broad range of subjects and, most notably, a really strong academic curriculum.
"Nearly 50 per cent of our students followed the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) curriculum, considerably higher than the national average of 40 per cent.
"A huge amount of work and effort went into preparing for the last tranche of the new-style GCSE examinations this year and the manner in which students approached that challenge was fantastic.
"Once again, I would like to extend my thanks to the staff for giving so freely of their time to go the extra mile to support our students.
"However, the most pleasing aspect of all is that these results confirm our best Progress 8 measure yet."
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