Three academies in Northampton are celebrating significant improvements in their SATs results this week, following sponsorship by EMLC Academy Trust.
The Trust improves schools rapidly by improving leadership and teaching, supporting pupils well through targeted interventions and providing school to school support. This essential support is delivered through Third Wave Enterprises.
Castle Academy in Northampton, which was in special measures when it joined EMLC Academy Trust in January 2014, has seen its 2015 level 4 combined SATs results improve significantly from 47 to 89 per cent over the course of the year. An exceptional 92 per cent of pupils at Castle Academy obtained level 4 or above in reading and writing and 89 per cent in maths.
Stimpson Avenue Academy in Northampton has also reported substantial improvements in its results. EMLC Academy Trust, through Third Wave Enterprises, has deployed considerable help and resources into this academy and the number of pupils achieving combined level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths has risen to 74 per cent this year from 48 per cent in 2014.
Hardingstone Academy, also in Northampton, has shown improvements in all areas with 83 per cent of pupils achieving level 4 or above in the combined score for reading, writing and maths. Pupils recorded outstanding results in all areas with a success rate of 86 per cent in writing and 90 per cent in maths. However, they particularly excelled in reading with a 93 per cent achievement rate.
Impressively, 10 per cent of Hardingstone Academy pupils also successfully completed optional extra papers for level 6.
Jan Marshall, Chief Executive of EMLC Academy Trust, said: “It is the passion of EMLC Academy Trust to give every child the opportunity to attend an excellent school with outstanding teaching and leadership so they become the best they can be. It is our purpose, through the work of our academies, to support and stretch every child so that they make exceptional progress and build the skills and knowledge they need for higher education, work and life beyond school. Our successes this year are attributable to the commitment and dedication of the pupils, teachers and leaders, better teaching and learning, more rigorous monitoring of standards, new ways of capturing data regularly and robust moderation of pupils’ work.”
Joan Mackness, School Improvement Leader at EMLC Academy Trust, said: “We are incredibly proud of these results. The pupils, teachers and leaders have all worked extremely hard and we are delighted with these results. This level of improvement is a credit to the dedication and commitment of our academies to deliver inspiring teaching in the classroom and foster enthusiastic learning in our children.”
Greg Hayes, parent governor at Castle Academy, commented: “We are simply delighted with these results for our children, parents and the teachers who have worked so hard to achieve them, showing belief in the Academy’s vision for Castle Academy. We have seen a transformation since EMLC Academy Trust and Lorna Beard (Principal) started working with our school in 2014 and the progress has been very impressive with the school going from strength to strength. I am very excited about the opportunities ahead which the Trust brings for our children.”
EMLC Academy Trust will be applying its expertise to the transition of the Prince William School in Oundle to academy status in September 2015 and provide the support needed for it to realise its ambition of becoming an outstanding academy. It will also be very focussed on ensuring that the new all through Northampton International Academy, opening in September 2016, is set on a course to becoming outstanding and high performing.
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About EMLC Academy Trust
EMLC Academy Trust is an educational charity that specialises in school leadership and improvement. It began its mission in 2012 with two academies: Orchard Academy and Shepherdswell Academy in Milton Keynes, Orchard Academy has just been judged by Ofsted as ‘good with some outstanding features’. It also sponsors Castle and Hardingstone, in Northampton, which become EMLC academies in January 2014, and Stimpson Avenue Academy, in Northampton in April 2014.