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Inspiration Trust named top UK academy family

Published on 07/07/16

A new study comparing academy trusts across the UK has named the Inspiration Trust as the top academy family for secondary schools in the country.

The research, by the Education Policy Institute, is based on data collected by the Department for Education and looks at the difference the Trust has made to student achievement.

The number-crunching also covers local education authorities, and the Trust's schools top them all. By comparison, Norfolk LEA is judged 59th equal, and Suffolk LEA is judged 37th equal.

The report's author Jon Andrews said: "At secondary level, the top performing school groups have delivered improvements that are on average 5 GCSE grades higher for pupils across their subjects than the lowest-performing school groups."

In a second report, published by the Department for Education today, the Trust's secondary schools are ranked as performing significantly above the national average for 'value added' in all four of the areas investigated.

Inspiration Trust chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza said: "The Inspiration Trust was set up to specifically to raise standards in areas of East Anglia that have traditionally seen low attainment and aspiration, and it is great to see the hard work of our staff, students, and parents being recognised nationally.

"We know the difference we can make to our young people's lives and I am exceptionally proud of the time and commitment put in by colleagues across the Trust every day to ensure that our pupils have the very best start in life."

The Trust's primary schools are not included in this inaugural set of rankings as the EPI only included trusts with at least five open primary schools.