Northern Education Trust

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A Greater Proportion of NET Students Access University This Year

19th Aug 2016

A Greater Proportion of NET Students Access University This Year

Northern Education Trust, the not-for-profit multi academy trust which sponsors ten secondary academies throughout the northeast and northwest of England, is delighted by the success of its A-level students.

Sixty-three per cent of its sixth form leavers across the trust have secured a place at university, with 18.3% of leavers progressing to Russell Group universities. Both of these figures are above the last reported national averages for state funded schools.

Only four of the ten secondary academies sponsored by Northern Education Trust have a sixth form. These are The Blyth Academy in Northumberland, Kearsley Academy in Bolton, Thorp Academy in Ryton, Gateshead and Dyke House College in Hartlepool.

Overall, a greater proportion of the trust?s students achieved the Level 3 (2+ A-levels or 2 + substantial vocational qualification) this year. The percentage of A-level students achieving two or more A-levels improved by 5.5 percentage points from 76.3% to 81.9%. At Dyke House, which announced its first ever set of A-level results after establishing a sixth form only two years ago, 91.2% was achieved in this measure.

As well as improving the overall success rate at A-level, there were some exceptional individual successes at all four academies with students in some cases achieving a full suite of A* and A grades in four subjects. A number of these high performers are going on to access top university degree courses.

There were also some outstanding performances for students following vocational courses. Trust-wide, 75.3% of students achieved the Level 3 threshold, which is almost 10 percentage points above the 2015 national average, with many of these students also going on to study at university.

Commenting on these results, Ian Kershaw, the Chief Executive of the Northern Education Trust, said:

?Whilst results at this stage of the academic year are provisional and may be subject to change, we are very pleased to see this improving picture. These results demonstrate that a greater proportion of our young people are achieving more success at advanced level study. It is particularly pleasing that these improvements are leading to a much greater proportion of them accessing university and going on to even greater things?.

Northern Education Trust, which is a not-for-profit charity, operates within the North-East and North-West of England and works with schools only by invitation. It was formed in September 2012. The Trust currently sponsors ten secondary and ten primary academies.