Sister multi-academy trusts Bright Tribe Trust and Adventure Learning Academy Trust (ALAT) are celebrating record GCSE results this year across their four secondary schools.
The Trusts as a whole have improved their two key measures of percentage of students achieving five or more A* – C grades including English and Maths which has increased by five percent (5%) and the percentage of students achieving A* – C grades in English and Maths combined, which has increased by eight per cent (8%).
Kathy Kirkham, Chief Operating Officer at Bright Tribe said: “We are delighted with these results, particularly given how long these schools have been part of Bright Tribe Trust and ALAT. Alde Valley Academy for example, has been with the Bright Tribe for just 18 months, and already we are seeing staggering improvements (a 30% increase of students receiving A* – C grades in English and Maths). The Trust as a whole has only been operating for 2 ½ years and so to have increased results by 8% is fantastic – that’s 8% more students who will leave with life changing qualifications and better opportunities for their futures.”
Alde Valley Academy, a Bright Tribe Trust secondary school in Leiston in Suffolk, is hoping to be the most improved school in the county with a “staggering” thirty per cent (30%) improvement from its 2015 results with sixty-eight per cent (68%) achieving A* – C grades in combined English and Maths.
In addition to these “transformational” results, sixty per cent (60%) of students gained five or more A* – C grades (including English and Maths) which is a twenty-three per cent (23%) increase from 2015.
Earlier this year the Trust appointed Mr Jeremy Rowe as Executive Principal for the south east region. Mr Rowe was previously Headteacher at Sir John Leman High School in Beccles, Suffolk where he led the school for eight years to become one of the most prestigious and sought- after secondary schools in East Anglia.
In June 2016, Mr Rowe pledged that he would work with the school and Bright Tribe Trust to deliver these same results to Alde Valley Academy, saying “we will make it the most improved school in the county by August 2016”. Today, after making his pledge in June, Mr Rowe said “Today’s GCSE results have exceeded all expectations and we are confident that this could potentially make Alde Valley Academy the most improved school in the county, if not across the whole region of East Anglia. I am delighted to be able to say we have fulfilled our promise to the local community and I am confident that Alde Valley Academy will now be seen as the academic school of choice in the area.”
Both Trusts are also celebrating great results at Fowey River Academy, an ALAT secondary school in Cornwall, where the academy has achieved some “drastically” improved GCSE exam results this year with sixty per cent (60%) of students gaining five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths, which is a thirteen per cent (13%) increase from the 2015 results.
In 2015 the Trust appointed Sara Davey as Executive Principal for Fowey River Academy and ALAT. Sara is also Principal at ‘Outstanding’ academy, Mounts Bay Academy and on Fowey River Academy’s GCSE results said: “At the start of the year, I made a promise to students, staff, parents and the local community that, together with the Trust and the academy’s exceptional staff, that we will make Fowey River Academy outstanding. These results are a testament to the hard work and commitment of our students and staff and I firmly believe we are now the school of choice for the local area. Well done to all.”
Colchester Academy, a Bright Tribe Trust secondary school in Essex, saw fifty per cent (50%) of students achieving A* – C grades in English and Maths combined – ten per cent (10%) over the national government target and forty-seven per cent (47%) achieving A* – C grades including English and Maths.
The Whitehaven Academy, also a Bright Tribe Trust secondary school in Cumbria, has seen improvements with forty-four per cent (44%) achieving A* – C grades in English and Maths – an eight per cent (8%) improvement from the school’s 2015 results.
Mary McKeeman, Director of School Improvement at Bright Tribe Trust and ALAT said: “We are thrilled with these improvements in GCSE results and are very proud of all our students. These outcomes have been the result of the Trust making rapid, significant and sustained improvements in our schools and setting a culture of high expectations amongst students and staff. All of our secondary schools converted to the Trust in challenging circumstances and were either graded by Ofsted in ‘Special Measures’ or ‘Requires Improvement’. The results we have seen today evidence that our school improvement strategy works. We have an excellent team across the country supporting our schools and strong leadership and staffing structures in place within each academy. We are seeing huge progress in these schools, with many now seen as the school of choice in their areas. These are certainly exciting times for all of our schools and we will continue to be relentless in our pursuit of driving up standards and improving the life chances of our students”.