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Achieving excellence together at Werneth Primary School in Oldham

Pupils well above national average in many areas

The number of children at Werneth Primary School reaching a good level of development (GLD) at the end of Foundation Stage has risen. Last year it was 47% but this year is up to 62%. While the majority – 99.5% – of pupils are EAL, all pupils are making excellent progress.

Key stage 1 phonics shows a significant improvement in standards, up from 50% last year to 75%. ‘This is the highest score ever in the school,’ said Conrad North, ‘and reflects the progress we have made since introducing Read, Write Inc. Last year 11% were achieving greater depth in reading, now we are up to 16%.’

There have been some pleasing results in KS1 maths too. Last year just 6% were achieving greater depth but this year the figure has shot up to 17%. Maths has always been a strength at Werneth Primary and this is reflected at KS2 as well. Both last year and this year Werneth pupils were above the national average for progress in maths by the end of Key Stage two.

For reading, writing and maths combined last year 31% of pupils at KS2 achieved the expected standard.  This year that has risen to 47%, an improvement that is significantly more than the national average.

“There has been a big improvement in a short time,” said Conrad North. “I am delighted to report that last year was a very successful year academically. Our children continue to progress well with their learning.”

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What an improvement! Cliff Lane Primary School, Ipswich

The entire Cliff Lane community is proud of its pupils’ fantastic improvement in performance in the 2016/2017 SATs. With the recruitment of a permanent Principal Nadia Bosse and a Regional Executive Principal Cassandra Williams, who both provided strong-targeted support, the results have improved significantly. The environment of the school has been transformed and a child centred approach to learning has been established.

In Key Stage 2 the combined average for reading, writing and maths increased by 22% from the previous year.  Grammar punctuation and spelling improved by 21%, maths increased by 14%, writing by 8% and reading by 13%. The overall attainment results will continue to improve each year to the level which the leaders know are achievable for through consistent good quality support, focussed monitoring and raising aspirations.

In Key Stage 1, 79% of children reached the expected levels for reading and exceeded the national average and 67% of children reached the expected levels for maths and exceeded the national average for the first time!

Nadia Bosse attributed the improvement to a whole school drive on quality first teaching where staff maintained high levels of standards to ensure outstanding progress in the children’s learning. “The school identified gaps early on through robust tracking of children, and effective support was put in place so that no child was left behind.”

The principal Nadia Bosse, who has been in post since September 2016, said she had been ‘deeply moved’ by the support she has received from the staff at both Cliff Lane and Bright Tribe and from the parents. “It is wonderful to have this ongoing support,” she said. “Together we can move Cliff Lane on, so it becomes a school that we can all be really proud of.”

Mary McKeeman, Chief Operating Officer, Bright Tribe Trust, was particularly impressed with the change of the learning environment and calm determined attitude of the children.

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Whitehaven Academy students celebrate GCSE results day

Students at the Whitehaven Academy celebrated today as they collected their GCSE results. The academy is on a rapid improvement journey which has seen a very successful Section 8 monitoring report and 100% of A-level students obtaining a pass in summer 2017.

The 2017 summer exam season saw students sitting the new Grade 9 – 1 GCSEs in English and maths for the first time. Under the new grading system Grade 9 is the highest grade, set above the current A*. The intention of the new system is to provide more differentiation, particularly among higher achieving pupils. As the grades do not map across to the A* – G format this means comparison with previous years cannot be made immediately.

At Whitehaven Academy staff worked incredibly hard to prepare students for the new examinations and the school has seen some extremely positive results from its individual students and subjects. This includes the sciences where 87% of students gained an A* – C in biology and 65% in chemistry. A number of individual students also achieved particularly well, with several students gaining A* grades or a grade 8 or above in maths and English.

Students who gained exceptional results include Ben Walkingshaw who achieved an outstanding grade 9 result in maths, with students Nimah Ross and Alex Sharpe also achieving an exceptional grade 8 in the subject. Callum Garrs also performed particularly well gaining a grade 8 in English.

Warren Turner, Principal at Whitehaven Academy commented on the results, “We are pleased to see a number of our students perform exceptionally well with many overcoming a number of barriers to achieve above what they were predicted. These results are part of our rapidly improving journey to become an outstanding academy and this is also reflected in our highly successful A-level results and our Ofsted Section 8 report. We will work at pace to build on these successes in future and  are well on our way to ensuring that Whitehaven Academy becomes the outstanding school of choice for the local community.”

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Whitehaven Academy Sixth Form celebrate record-breaking A-level results

Whitehaven Academy Sixth Form students were in a celebratory mood today as they collected their A-level results. The transformational changes made this year under the Bright Tribe Trust and leadership of Mr. Turner as Principal, have resulted in huge improvements in AS and A-level outcomes including a 16% rise in pass grades compared to 2016 with 100% of students gaining an A* – E grade for the first time in the academy’s history. At AS level, the academy has increased its pass rate by 31%, with over 84% of the cohort gaining an A* to E pass.

At subject level, a number of A levels have scored higher than the national average with mathematics increasing its top A* to B grades by 50%, with 100% of candidates gaining A* to B grades.

Individual success stories include Owen Beach who gained an A in maths, a B in biology and C grades in further maths and chemistry and now plans to study biology at the University of Sussex. Student Hannah Thurgood also achieved success with an A in business and A and B in health and social care. She intends to study law and business. Melissa Palmer also achieved highly, gaining an A in art and a B in psychology.

Warren Turner, Principal at Whitehaven Academy commented on the results, “We are delighted to see results at Whitehaven Academy improve by such a significant percentage. For the first time in the history of the school we have a 100% pass rate at A-level, with outstanding results in business studies and maths where all students achieved A* – B grades, putting Whitehaven amongst the best schools in the North West for maths with results well above the national average. Our transformative approach has also been reflected in the AS level results which have seen a massive increase of over 30%.”

Mary McKeeman, Chief Operating Officer at Bright Tribe Trust commented, “It is wonderful to see the hard work and determination from all pupils, staff and the wider Bright tribe trust pay off with the achievement of these excellent results.”

The academy’s transformation was praised in its most recent HMI inspection in May 2017 and these outstanding results represent a further step on the school’s rapid journey to improvement. In September, the academy will be welcoming its biggest intake of Year 7 pupils for over 6 years.

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Haydon Bridge High School Sixth Form students celebrate A-level results success

Haydon Bridge High School celebrated success in today’s A level results, marking yet another year of excellent academic and personal achievements for students at the school.  This year’s results saw a significant rise in the number of students gaining grades of AAB with 6% more students achieving 3 or more A levels at this high level.Value added is once again positive, indicating that Haydon Bridge sixth form students make more progress than the national average from GCSE to A Level.

Students celebrating particular success include Dominic Weller who gained two A* grades in maths and chemistry as well as an A in physics and now intends to study medicine at Newcastle University.  Kathraine Dixon also achieved success with straight A grades in physics, maths and chemistry and now plans to study physics at Lancaster University.  Ruby McCormick achieved a Distinction in Level 3 BTEC  Health and Social Care (A Level equivalent) and a Distinction in Level 3 BTEC Business and a C in A Level Sociology.

Judith Greene, Executive Principal of The Bright Tribe Trust,Haydon Bridge High School, said, “I would like to start by congratulating the students on their achievements and thanking staff and parents for the support given this year. There have been significant changes in the A level syllabuses, and our students and staff have responded well to these as indicated by their good results. We are extremely proud of the achievements of our 6th form students.  2017 has been another outstanding year for students taking A Levels and also vocational courses. Results for vocational equivalents of A levels continue to be well above the national average, with the average grade at Haydon Bridge being Distinction-star.  There were some commendable individual performances.”

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Haydon Bridge High School reports significant improvements in GCSE results as students celebrate their success

It was smiles all round today at Haydon Bridge High School in Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, as students turned up to collect their GCSE grades throughout the morning. Principal Darren Glover, reported a significant improvement on last year’s results including Biology A*-C, 17% improvement to 96.6%; Business A*-C, 59% improvement to 100%; French A*-C 30% improvement to 71.4%; and Drama A*-C 17% improvement to 85.7%. A Core Science A*-C 28% improvement to 50% was achieved as well (1/3 of cohort – most able scientists – take separate sciences so aren’t included in this figure). He also reported higher than average grades in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, French, Business, IT and Child Development commenting “It’s wonderful to see significantly higher A*-C grades in many subjects, another significant step in our improvement journey”.

Top performing students included Anna Heslop, Alex Heppell and Zoe-Claire Trespaderne.

Anna Heslop  secured two Grade 9s (higher than an A*), six As and three Bs. Anna plans to study A Level Music, English and French, pass her Grade 8 music exams and go onto study at a music conservatoire.

Alex Heppell achieved one Grade 8, Grade 7, an A*, two As and three Bs. Alex plans to study A Level Maths, Business and PE.

Zoe-Claire Trespaderne was delighted to discover that she has secured a Grade 9, two Grade 7s (equivalent to an A), two As and two Bs. Zoe plans to study A Level Physics, Chemistry and IT.

Principal, Darren Glover, added, “Haydon Bridge students have again worked very hard with their teachers, supported by their families, and have achieved another great set of GCSE results. There are some excellent individual performances, with students achieving 9s in the new exams, and a number of other high grades. Equally there are students who have made very good levels of individual progress. We are extremely proud of all our students.”

“We are looking forward to welcoming back over 60% of our students into our Sixth Form, where we know they will achieve great things, as last week’s A level results showed.

“Our new Sixth Formers will study a broad range of post 16 A level and vocational programmes, with others being supported by the school into other education, training and employment pathways.”

Mary McKeeman, Chief Operating Officer at Bright Tribe Trust commented, “It is wonderful to see the hard work and determination from all pupils, staff and the wider Bright tribe trust pay off with the achievement of these excellent results.”

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Grindon Hall Christian School Sixth Form students celebrate outstanding A-level results

Grindon Hall Christian School Sixth Form students celebrated today as they collected their A’ level results from school. This year 94% of results were A* – C grades with an impressive 47% of those grades being A or A*.

Students celebrating particular success include Lesley Chiremba who achieved grade As in Chemistry and mathematics, and a grade B in Geography.  Lesley is now looking forward to accepting his place to study Chemical Engineering at Newcastle University. Twins Dan and Joe Johnson are celebrating double success, with 6 A-C grades between them. Dan will study Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University whilst Joe prepares to study Natural Sciences or Physics.

Joanne Maw, incoming Bright Tribe Principal at Grindon Hall Christian School commented on the results. “We are very proud of the school’s 100% pass rate, which results from incredibly hard work from our students, their dedicated teachers and the tremendous support from parents and carers. We wish all of our students every continued success in their future education, training and employment.

Mary McKeeman, Chief Operating Officer at Bright Tribe Trust commented, “It is wonderful to see the hard work and determination from all pupils and staff delivering great results.”

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Colchester Academy students celebrate GCSE results day

Students at Colchester Academy, Colchester celebrated outstanding progress as they collected their GCSE results today. Since converting to academy status as part of the Bright Tribe Trust the school has radically improved, with this year’s results seeing improved academic measures from the previous year’s results as well as gaps between key inclusion groups narrowing significantly. Individually a number of students performed particularly well, celebrating A* results as well as grade 8s or above in the new maths and English GCSEs.

The 2017 summer exam season saw students sitting the new Grade 9 – 1 GCSEs in English and maths for the first time. Under the new grading system Grade 9 is the highest grade, set above the current A*. The intention of the new system is to provide more differentiation, particularly among higher achieving pupils. As the grades do not map across to the A* – G format this means comparison with previous years cannot be made immediately.

In spite of the extra pressure a number of students at Colchester Academy gained exceptional results. Kaylee Boughton performed particularly well achieving a grade 9 in maths, two grade 8s in English, five A* and three A grades. Rebecca Dennis gained two grade 8s in maths and English as well as seven A*and A Grades in other subjects. Students Abbie Boswick-Pagani and Emily Rowley also achieved outstanding progress, on average their results were two grades higher than expected.

At Colchester Academy Year 10 students were also entered for their English Language exam with one student, Toni Akinsanya, performing spectacularly to achieve a grade 9, the highest grade awarded, above the previous A* grade in English.

Fiona Pierson, Principal at Colchester Academy commented, “We are absolutely delighted to see so many students achieve so well, with many outperforming their predicted targets. Staff and students alike have worked incredibly hard throughout the year and I am delighted with the success the school has achieved.  I wish all students the very best of luck in the next stage of their education.”

Mary McKeeman, Chief Operating Officer at Bright Tribe Trust commented, “It is wonderful to see the hard work and determination from all pupils, staff and the wider Bright tribe trust pay off with the achievement of these excellent results. We will continue to build on this success in order to see Colchester Academy become the outstanding school of choice in the local area.”

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Alde Valley Academy Sixth Form students celebrate exceptional A-level results

Alde Valley Academy Sixth Form students celebrated as they collected their A-level results today. This year’s results saw the number of A* – C grades achieved by students rise from 44% in 2016 to 57% in 2017, continuing the huge progress that the school has made since converting to academy status under Bright Tribe Trust, including outstanding progress achieved in 2016 for GCSE results.

Students celebrating particular success include Alex Paulley who achieved two B grades in Art and Design and History and an A in English Language and Literature and hopes to study English Literature at the University of Liverpool.

Mr Michael Wilson, Principal at Alde Valley Academy commented on the results, “We are delighted to see continued progress at all levels at Alde Valley Academy. These outstanding results continue the transformation since the school converted to academy status, making Alde Valley the school of choice in the local area. This year’s students have worked incredibly hard and we are immensely proud of their individual achievements.”

Mary McKeeman, Chief Operating Officer at Bright Tribe Trust commented, “It is wonderful to see the hard work and determination from all pupils, staff and the wider Bright tribe trust pay off with the achievement of these excellent results.”

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Alde Valley Academy celebrates outstanding GCSE results

L- R: Callum Hoffman, Elise Scammell, Tom Baker, Mike Wilson (head),    Dean Johnson, Evie Banham, kezzie Sykes-Pearce

Students at Alde Valley Academy in Leiston today celebrated yet another set of outstanding results today. This year’s GCSE results saw 62% of pupils gaining a grade 4 and above in maths and English combined, and 43% gaining a grade 5 or above in maths and English combined. This continues the rapid improvements that the school has made since converting to academy status under the Bright Tribe Trust and leadership of Principal Michael Wilson including excellent A-level results last week which saw the number of A* – C grades achieved by students rise from 44% in 2016 to 57% in 2017.

The 2017 summer exam season saw students sitting the new grade 9 – 1 GCSEs in English and maths for the first time. Under the new grading system grade 9 is the highest grade, set above the current A*. The intention of the new system is to provide more differentiation, particularly among higher achieving pupils. As the grades do not map across to the A* – G format this means comparison with previous years cannot be made immediately.

In spite of the increased challenge of the new GCSEs, a number of students at Alde Valley Academy gained exceptional results, including  grade 9s and A* grades in subjects which retained the A* – G grading system. Sadie Ellis is one exceptional pupil, achieving a grade 9 in English language and literature, an A* in science and two A grades in history and science. Maisie Debelgeonne also achieved a grade 9 for maths as well as an 8 in English and two A grades in history and science. Evie Banham also achieved highly, gaining two grade 7s in English and maths, a grade 8 in English literature and 3 A*s in triple science, science and sports science. Ezra Taylor also gained an 8 in maths, a 7 in English language and literature, an A* in further science and an A in additional science and sports science.

“These outstanding results celebrate another significant achievement for Alde Valley Academy, building on our record-breaking GCSE results in 2016 as well as our excellent A-level results last week,” said Michael Wilson, Principal at Alde Valley Academy. “We plan to continue this success and look forward to welcoming our returning students back to school in September, as well as our new Year 7 cohort. A huge well done to all our students!”

Mary McKeeman, Chief Operating Officer, Bright Tribe Trust commented, “It is wonderful to see Alde Valley Academy achieve another set of outstanding results. Thanks to the hard work of everyone at the school and wider Bright Tribe Trust which has helped make this fantastic achievement possible.”

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