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Improved Performance and an Even Greater Proportion of Northern Education Trust Students Access University This Year

17th Aug 2017

Improved Performance and an Even Greater Proportion of Northern Education Trust Students Access University This Year

Northern Education Trust (NET), 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 and is reporting improvement on its 2016 results in every one of its academies with a sixth form.

Four of the ten secondary academies sponsored by NET have a sixth form. These are The Blyth Academy in Northumberland, Kearsley Academy in Bolton, Thorp Academy in Ryton, Gateshead and Dyke House Academy in Hartlepool.

As well as improving overall success rates at A-level, there were some exceptional individual successes at these academies with students in some cases achieving a full suite of A* and A grades in four subjects.

At Dyke House Academy, whose catchment area incorporates some of the most disadvantaged communities in England, two students were accepted to study at Oxford and Cambridge, marking a very proud moment for the school. Additionally, 90% of Dyke House students have gained a place at university, with nearly two thirds securing places at their first choice universities while 28% secured a place at a highly selective university including Durham and Newcastle. Both of these figures are above the last reported national averages for state-funded schools.

Performance at Thorp Academy in Ryton was equally pleasing. Here one student, Jacob Dabb, gained 4 A*s to secure him entry to Jesus College, Cambridge to study Human, Social and Political Sciences. In total, 75% of Thorp Academy students secured a place at university with many students meeting or exceeding their conditional offers.

At The Blyth Academy on the Northumberland coast, A-level results show a strong and consistent year on year improvement from 2015 to 2017 with outcomes in Biology, Applied Science, Physical Education, Health and Social Care and Travel and Tourism particularly strong - many students gained top grades. One student, Ryan Faulder, secured a place at Newcastle University to study Medicine.

At Kearsley Academy in Bolton, 100% of students passed their Business, Health and Social Care and Sport qualifications with 71% achieving an average grade of distinction or higher. Those students who hope to go on to higher education either met or exceeded their conditional offers. All sixth form students at the academy are going on to some other form of education or employment.

Overall, a greater proportion of the trust's students achieved the Level 3 (2+ A-levels or 2 + substantial vocational qualification) this year, which is great news and point scores for both vocational and academic qualifications, which will feature in performance tables' were improved in all four academies.

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".