August 30, 2022
The percentage of students across the trust who have achieved strong passes (at grade 5+) in English and maths has improved by 6% since 2019, up to a fantastic 53%. The percentage of students achieving standard passes (at grade 4+) in English and maths has improved by 5% since 2019, up to a phenomenal 72%. Set against the background of the pandemic, and the fact that many of the trust’s academies are located in areas of high deprivation, with 48% of secondary students eligible for free school meals, this is an exceptional achievement. The overall numbers are expected to far exceed the national percentages at grade 5+ and grade 4+.
Northern Education Trust Thorp Academy in Tyne and Wear has the highest number of students achieving grade 5+ and grade 4+ within the trust, at 68% and a magnificent 82% respectively.
Northern Education Trust The Blyth Academy has seen its Progress 8 score increase to +0.18 from -0.58, with the number of students entering EBacc increase by 30 percentage points to 35%, resulting in the academy’s best ever results for EBacc subjects at grade 5+ and grade 4+ (21% and 29% respectively.)
Particularly noteworthy is the tremendous progress of students at academies who have joined the trust in recent years, including Northern Education Trust Walbottle Academy. Students achieving grade 5+ at Walbottle have improved 33 percentage points to 53%, and the percentage of Walbottle students achieving grade 4+ has increased from 42% to 68% this year.
All secondary academies have seen an increase in the number of entries to the English Baccalaureate qualification (EBacc) this year, and in particular the aspirational subjects in EBacc (geography, history, modern foreign languages and science). Overall the number of entries across the trust has increased to 34%, bringing the trust much closer to the expected national figure than previously.
Several secondary academies have been inspected by Ofsted in the last year, all of which improved in their ratings. Two academies were graded outstanding – Dyke House Academy in Hartlepool, and North Shore Academy in Stockton on Tees which rose from Requires Improvement straight to Outstanding, having never been judged to be a Good school previously. Both sets of results reinforce and validate their Ofsted judgements. North Shore’s results show an increase of 41 percentage points of students entering EBacc – up to 54% from 2019. The Progress 8 score for their students (based on the current methodology which will change in the autumn) has increased to a massive +0.63, from -0.19 in 2019. The results for a good pass (grade 5+) in English and Maths at Dyke House have improved 9 percentage points, with their Progress 8 score increasing by one third of a grade.
Rob Tarn, Chief Executive, is over the moon with the results, saying: “Our students have worked incredibly hard over the last few years to achieve these results, with many overcoming difficult barriers to do so. The improvements since 2019 clearly demonstrate the effectiveness and success of the NORTHERN model of school improvement, allowing us to fulfil our vision of enhancing the life chances of our students. My thanks go to the staff for their energy and commitment to ensuring our students succeed, and to all parents, carers, governors and the trust board for their continual support.
“I am extremely proud of our students – these results are the culmination of their incredible efforts and dedication, allowing them to progress to the next stage of their lives with confidence in their abilities to succeed. My congratulations go to every single one of them, and I wish them every possible success in their future.”
Student reflections from Walbottle Academy:
Cameron Nobel who achieved 7 grade 9s and 3 grade 8s is feeling very happy with his results. With aspirations of becoming a researcher in the scientific field, Cameron plans on studying A level Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at College.
Jaskiren Gill who achieved 2 grade 9s, 6 grade 8s and 1 grade 7 said “ I feel very surprised because I didn’t think I’d get such good results.” Jaskiren will be moving on to study A level Law, Sociology and Psychology and is interested in pursuing a career in Criminology.
Josh Darby who achieved 7 grade 9s and 2 grade 8s said “I feel overwhelmed. I was aiming for 9s in maths and English and hoping for 8 in others – I’m thrilled overall”. Josh, who has hopes of becoming a Doctor, plans to study A Level Chemistry, Maths and Biology at College, before moving onto University and hopefully medical school.
Lauren Heppell who achieved 4 grade 9s 3 grade 8s and 3 grade 7s is also feeling very happy and surprised with her results, doing better than she expected. Lauren will be studying A level Maths, Physics, Product Design and Further Maths and hopes to have a career in motorsport.
Before embarking on the next part of their journey, students left some words of advice for upcoming GCSE students: don’t stress too much and make sure you take breaks; stick in – try and keep up regular revision and have mental breaks to detox; work hard; get good sleep and engage in school lessons and enrichment throughout year 11; look after yourself both physically and mentally.