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Trust schools top GCSE tables

Published on 12/10/17

Inspiration Trust schools have topped the GCSE league tables for Norfolk and Suffolk with some of the best results in the country.

The Department for Education has today published provisional figures for Key Stage 4, which cover this summer's GCSE results and the new tougher exams in key subjects.

The data includes the Government's preferred Progress 8 measure, which aims to show the difference a school makes to pupil outcomes and not just their final grade.

In Norfolk, Hethersett Academy students achieved the county's top Progress 8 figure of +0.89; the top Attainment 8 score of 55.8; the top score for Grade 5 or above in English and Maths at 67%; and the most students achieving the English Baccalaureate at Grade 5 or above at 54%.

The academy's Progress 8 figure put thems in the top 1% of schools nationally.

Hethersett Academy principal Gareth Stevens said: "I am very proud of the hard work of our students and staff that have led to these results, that are not just the top in Norfolk  but in the top 1% nationally for pupil progress.

"These results sit alongside fantastic cultural and sport provision, with our enrichment programme ensuring that we don't just focus on exam results but help equip students for every aspect of their lives to come."

In Suffolk, Lowestoft's East Point Academy recorded the top Progress 8 score in the county at +0.69, putting them in the top 3% nationally.

The achievement confirms the remarkable improvements at the academy, which joined the Inspiration Trust in special measures less than three years ago.

East Point Academy principal Richard Dolding said: "It is a fantastic achievement for Lowestoft that East Point Academy has the best progress score in Suffolk and is among the top 3% in the country.

"These progress measures show that with the right encouragement and support students in our town can be the equal of any in the whole country."

Elsewhere in the Trust, Cromer Academy was ranked second in Norfolk for Progress 8 with a score of +0.54, placing it within the top 6% of schools nationwide.

Cromer Academy principal Geoff Baker said: "Our GCSE results have risen for the past three years in a row, and that is down to our fantastic community spirit. We believe that every child can be exceptional, and these latest Progress 8 figures - the second best in Norfolk - show how that is translating into reality."

Both Thetford Academy and The Hewett Academy saw improvements in their Progress 8 measure, being ranked above average and average respectively.

Inspiration Trust chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza said: "These are very pleasing results for the Trust, but more importantly they represent great exam results and increased opportunities for hundreds of students in Norfolk and Suffolk.

"Our pupils, parents, and staff work exceptionally hard - not just in the classroom but also to ensure great cultural and sporting activities - because getting the right start in life is so crucial for our young people's futures."