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Northern Education Trust Delighted with A-Level Results

15th Aug 2014

Northern Education Trust Delighted with A-Level Results

Senior leaders at Northern Education Trust, one of the country?s largest multi-academy trusts which is based near Newcastle, are delighted with the A-level results achieved by its academies.

Given that NET was established in 2012, it is only possible to comment on the performance of students in academies with sixth forms where NET has been involved for a full academic year, which includes Blyth Academy and Kearsley Academy in Bolton.

Blyth has just completed its first full year as an academy, converting on October 1, 2013 and Kearsley Academy has been a NET-sponsored academy for two years, with a 6th Form that has been rapidly growing in size.

Charles Thorp Comprehensive School in Ryton, will convert to become a NET-sponsored academy on September 1, but is already working with the partnership of Trust schools.

In Blyth?s case all 26 students who applied to university were accepted and of these, 70 per cent were offered their first choice, which is a significant increase on last year. Additionally, the number of A*-B grades improved by seven per cent from 23.8 per cent to 30.8 per cent with marginal improvements also identified for A*-C grades.

Notable individual successes were achieved by a number of students. One student obtained A*, A and B grades in maths, physics and computing respectively. Another achieved A*, A and C in biology, maths and French.

At the end of only its second year of running a sixth form, 25 Kearsley Academy students were offered a place at university with three still going through clearing ? last year, four students went on to university out of the four that applied. The academy also saw significant gains in higher grades being achieved across the full suite of qualifications.

Whilst acknowledging that the results are provisional at this stage and therefore come with all the usual health warnings, NET?s chief executive, Roger Alston, understandably greeted the results with enthusiasm. He comments:

?At this early stage of our development, we are absolutely delighted with what has already been achieved. We offer our whole-hearted congratulations to the students for their hard work and dedication and to the academy leaders and teachers that helped to get them there. We look forward to even better things to come in future years!

?We are also delighted by the early indications of A-level achievements at Charles Thorp which show great promise for the future, where there have been offers of 15 Russell Group university places against 12 last year, with a total number of students going on to university currently running at 55. The school also had an A*-E pass rate of 100 per cent.

?As a not-for-profit charitable trust, the Northern Education Trust seeks to ensure that all the young people we are responsible for educating are able to maximise their success and progress to employment, training, further or higher education. To that end we are continually reviewing the courses we offer so that they provide the optimum range of opportunity for every student.?

Roger Alston, chief executive, Northern Education Trust