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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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Ofsted full of praise for improvements at Whitehaven academy

Latest Ofsted officially recognises the progress made by the senior leadership team and staff at the School praising “head teacher’s vision in turning Whitehaven Academy into a school of choice which serves its community with pride”.

Whitehaven Academy, a Bright Tribe Trust school in Whitehaven, Cumbria, has been commended in its recent Section 8 Ofsted Inspection for its efforts to drive school improvement and remove the special measures judgement imposed on the school last October.

The school, which has suffered from a legacy of historic underachievement prior to converting to academy status in 2014, has been officially judged to be taking ‘effective action’ towards the removal of special measures, the most positive outcome a school in special measures can achieve.

In particular inspectors praised the hard work of Principal Warren Turner, judging that the school’s progress was due largely to “the headteachers resolute leadership” and the way in which “morale has improved because teachers and leaders have faith in their headteacher”. They also commented that teachers “have subscribed to his vision for the school and are working with a common purpose to raise standards.”

Inspectors likewise praised the way in which, despite difficulties over recent months, the focus has remained on improving the school, both in terms of pupil outcomes and in relation to the school site itself. Inspectors noted that “the Trust has implemented a planned schedule of remedial work” and that it has “lobbied at the highest levels to seek support in providing a more definitive solution”.

Opportunities for teachers to network and share best practice with other Bright Tribe schools were also applauded with inspectors stating that “The school has become much more outward-facing. Subject leaders have derived enormous benefit from sharing ideas and expertise with colleagues from other schools and academies at regional subject network meetings.”

Improvements in behaviour at the school were also recognised with the report stating that, “There has been a marked change not only in pupils’ commitment to attend regularly but also in their attitude to learning. Pupils arrive looking smart and ready to learn.” Over the past year overall attendance figures have risen with year 13 attendance rising to 93% and behaviour logs at the school show a significant reduction in the most serious infringements of school rules. Fixed term exclusions have also declined by well over half.

Warren Turner, Principal at Whitehaven Academy commented on the report, “I am absolutely thrilled to see the hard work of staff at the academy paying off. I am determined to use the outcomes of this inspection to continue to drive improvement at an ever increasing pace. We look forward to our next inspection and the continued progress we expect to see then. With the ongoing support of staff, pupils and the wider school community I firmly believe we can be successful in creating an outstanding school of choice for the local community.”

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Haltwhistle Community Campus joins Bright Tribe Trust

Haltwhistle Community Campus in Haltwhistle, Northumberland is delighted to announce that it became part of the Bright Tribe Trust on 1st June 2017. The upper and lower schools will now benefit from being a part of the wider network of schools working across the region.

Haltwhistle Community Campus consists of Haltwhistle Lower School, a friendly and vibrant school in Haltwhistle, with 250 children aged between three and nine; and Haltwhistle Upper School, a lively and welcoming community consisting of 150 pupils between ages nine and thirteen.

Grindon Hall Christian School in Sunderland also joined the trust in April and Haydon Bridge High School is due to come on board in the coming months.

Bright Tribe Trust has been working with Haltwhistle Community Campus and its leaders over the past 18 months and the school is already seeing improvements as detailed in the schools’ latest Ofsted inspections, which stated that leaders and managers are ‘taking effective action’ to raise standards.

Dr Judith Greene, Regional Executive Principal at Bright Tribe Trust said “I am really pleased the Haltwhistle Schools have now joined Bright Tribe, and would like to thank everyone who has worked hard to make this happen. We have a great team of leaders and staff here at Haltwhistle, and we will continue to work together to ensure we provide a positive learning environment and an excellent education for all children. I am also looking forward to continuing to work with leaders and staff at Grindon Hall as we continue the educational improvement journey there.”

Bright Tribe is a non-profit making, multi-academy trust with charitable status which supports nine schools across the country in Suffolk, Essex, Cumbria and Greater Manchester.

Bright Tribe has seen significant improvements across its schools since they joined the Trust, with Alde Valley Academy, a secondary school in Suffolk, becoming the most improved school in the region when GCSE results rose by 26% in just one year.

Mr Paul Sampson, Head of Haltwhistle Upper School said, “Becoming a member of Bright Tribe Trust provides a great opportunity for the Haltwhistle schools to work with other Bright Tribe academies across the north-east and nationwide, sharing a common goal to provide a high-quality education for all students.”

Mrs Susie Drake, Head of Haltwhistle Lower School agreed and said, “I look forward to working with other colleagues in Bright Tribe schools, to share best practice and educational resources as we work to provide high quality education for all our children.”

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Grindon Hall Christian School, Nookside, Sunderland celebrates another year of good GCSE results

Top performers Ellie Rylance, Emma Smith, Max Vardy and Lucy Fernandez secure 33 of the highest grades at GCSE level


Students at Grindon Hall celebrate their GCSE results; Exceptional student Lucy Fernandez celebrates her GCSE results

 

It was smiles all round today at Grindon Hall Christian School, Nookside, Sunderland, as students turned up to collect their GCSE grades throughout the morning.  New incoming Principal Joanne Maw was there to greet students when the doors opened at 9.00 am. Top performing students included Ellie Rylance, Emma Smith, Max Vardy and Lucy Fernandez.

Ellie Rylance’s diligence and hard work paid off as she celebrated securing 5 A*s in Biology, Business Studies, French, History, and Latin, a Grade 8 and a Grade 9 (higher than an A*), in English Literature and Language respectively, two Grade As in Chemistry and Physics and a Grade 7 in maths (equivalent to a Grade A).  She is thrilled with her results.

Commenting on the students’ performance, incoming new Principal, Joanne Maw said, “These results represent the tremendous dedication and hard work of students, their teachers and exceptional support from parents. We are very proud of all of the students and wish them every future success”.

 

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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Haydon Bridge High School to receive makeover – the future is bright!

Haydon Bridge High School is to benefit from a fresh new look this summer when work begins on ‘the big makeover’ thanks to grant funding from the Department for Education secured by Bright Tribe Trust, who are planning to take over the school later this year. “Our objective is to create a great school environment for students, maximising the ‘biggest bang for your bucks’ and we can begin this transformation with this grant,” said Simon Evans, Bright Tribe Operations Director.

Like many schools built in the 1960s, Haydon Bridge is showing signs of historic under investment. The fund will be used primarily for cosmetic improvement to the premises. Heavily trafficked areas including the school hall, reception and corridors will all receive a fresh lick of paint, new ceiling tiles and replacement flooring.

“This funding is hugely significant,” said Simon Evans. “All too often school premises are an area of historic under investment and a grant of this nature will allow work to be done which will have an immediate impact on the school environment, which in turn will promote greater aspiration in the school. This initial face lift will be the catalyst for a rolling capital improvement programme funded by the annual capital allocated to Bright Tribe Trust by the Education Funding Agency. Our plan is to create a fresh inviting environment that is highly conducive to learning – one that signals a bright new future with Bright Tribe.”

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New Principal Darren Glover to join Haydon Bridge High School in April 2017 and drive up attainment

The Department for Education’s (DfE) Interim Executive Board (IEB) and the Bright Tribe Trust are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Darren Glover as Principal of Haydon Bridge High School in Northumberland, commencing April 2017.

Darren will be responsible for heading up a strong leadership team, establishing clear lines of communication and accountability, raising student attainment and taking the school from ‘special measures’ to a ‘good’ Ofsted rating. Long term support for his senior leadership team will also be provided by Dr Judith Greene, Regional Executive Principal, Bright Tribe Trust, Helen McCormick, Deputy Principal and much valued acting head over the past two years, and Helen Jackson, Assistant Principal.

Darren, who as a consultant head teacher for Bright Tribe has been working with the Haydon Bridge senior team since September, has 21 years’ experience and a strong track record working in schools across the North East, including Sunderland, North Tyneside and Newcastle. He has significant experience of improving student outcomes and Ofsted inspection gradings.

Darren very much values the input parents make to the school and operates an ‘open door policy’ to encourage open communication, feedback and discussion. Any parent expressing concern about their child’s education is warmly welcomed to his office to discuss and resolve any issues.

Commenting on his appointment Darren said, “My last 8 months at the school have shown the huge potential Haydon Bridge has to offer its students. I am now looking forward to taking up official headship and working with my team to drive up educational attainment and help every student realise their potential.”

Concluding, Ruth Dolan, Chair of the school’s Interim Executive Board, said, “The IEB is delighted that Bright Tribe Trust has agreed to our request to appoint Darren as the new permanent Principal of Haydon Bridge High School. It is a key part of our strategic leadership plan to define the responsibilities of each individual within the senior leadership team and their accountability for delivering positive outcomes for students.

“This permanent appointment will enable Darren to direct staffing and other resources to ensure significantly increased pace in delivery of school improvement targets, to drive up student progress and attainment.”

Colleague Helen McCormick, Deputy Principal and former acting head added, “Darren has my full support and I am delighted to be working with him going forward.” Dr Judith Greene, Regional Executive Principal, Bright Tribe Trust, said, “We now have a strong, stable and cohesive team here at Haydon Bridge, who enjoy working together. We are looking forward to being able to continue our rapid improvement journey together and seeing Haydon Bridge High School flourish.”

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Colchester Academy opens doors to primary school children for ‘Super Saturdays’

Colchester Academy held its first Super Saturday event in October 2016 for primary school children between the ages of 8 and 11 to give them a taster for secondary school life whilst also letting them take part in fun learning activities.

Each event is becoming increasingly popular in the area and their latest event, themed around science to tie in with British Science Week, saw over 112 children take part in earth shattering science experiments and fun games and activities – all with a science theme running throughout.

A parent, whose child attended the of the events said: “We just wanted to say thank you for putting on the event this morning.  My son absolutely loved it and especially enjoyed making the volcano. Thank you for taking the time out of your weekend, and what a lovely idea for the children to have a little bit of knowledge of what the school is like and giving them the opportunity to meet new friends. I’m sure it will help them in their big step up next year. Riley is really looking forward to the next one.”

We’re hoping to replicate some of these events across our other schools very soon.

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Trust leaders meet pupils at Werneth Primary School

Our Chief Operating Officer, Mary McKeeman and our Operations Director, Simon Evans visited Werneth Primary School recently to meet with pupils and speak to them about what they enjoy about being in school.

Mary met with the pupils from the School Council who showed her around the school and spoke to her about their lessons and what they’re currently learning in class.

Simon received a tour of the new Early Years learning environment where pupils showed him the newly refurbished classroom which includes new flooring and a more open learning space.

On visiting the school Mary said: “I loved meeting some of our pupils and hearing how proud they are of their school. Getting into our schools and meeting school staff and children is what its all about. The pupils are at the heart of everything we do and its great to see the great work everyone is doing and seeing how its making a difference.

“All the children were extremely smart, polite and well-behaved and are a true asset to Werneth Primary School. The teachers and Principal should be very proud of each and every one of them.”

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