Achievement in the Primary Phase 2016
Over a three year period, from 2013-2015, there was a strong upwards trajectory of improvement at the academy – in the proportion reaching a ‘Good Level of Development’ at the end of EYFS, in the year 1 Phonics Screening Test and in reading, writing and maths at key stage 2.
This pattern of improvement did not continue in 2016, when the introduction of new, and much more rigorous tests saw performance decline when compared to national averages. The academy leaders are not complacent – they are determined that attainment will increase significantly and they have set challenging targets for 2017. Already, the impact of the new curriculum and of the programme of intervention means that a higher proportion are now working at the standards expected for their year group. Performance data at KS1 and KS2 can be found here.
Comment on the 2016 test by Education Secretary – Nicky Morgan.
Nicky Morgan has said that the results of SATs tests taken in primary schools in England in 2016, should not be compared with previous years.
The tests have been made tougher and Mrs Morgan has pointed out that lower results should not be interpreted as a decline in performance by pupils.
"They simply cannot be compared directly," says Mrs Morgan "Lower results in 2016 wouldn't mean children have performed any worse this year; simply that we have raised the bar on what counts as good enough.”
"Neither schools nor parents, should try to compare this year's results with previous years. The tests are new and are based on a new, more rigorous national curriculum - based on the best evidence from across the world."
Mrs Morgan said that parents should "see the results as what they are - a reflection of how well children this year have performed against a new curriculum".
Achievement at GCSE 2016
Swindon Academy has celebrated its highest ever GCSE results in 2016 with 61% of students achieving English and maths at grade C or above. The academy has performed exceptionally well in a number of other measures: Progress 8 (the progress students make across 8 subjects) score is 0.24 placing Swindon Academy has the top school in Swindon for progress and above the national average, putting Swindon Academy in the top 30% of all schools nationally. Additionally, Swindon Academy has an attainment 8 (the attainment of students in their best 8 subjects) score of 46.5. Both of these measures highlight the strength across all of the subjects in the academy.
A rigorous programme of school improvement and intervention has had an impact on standards of attainment over time, which has risen at a much faster rate than nationally in virtually all subjects. In 2016, 61% of the year 11 cohort achieved at least 5 A* - C grades including English and mathematics - an increase of 21% from 2014, exceeding the governments floor standards. This is now above national attainment.
The proportion of pupils achieving a grade C or higher in English rose from 63% in 2014 to 75% in 2016 – a 12% increase over 3 years. 89% of the cohort made expected progress and 51% made more than expected progress. This is well above the national average.
For mathematics, the proportion of pupils achieving a grade C or higher rose from 53% in 2014 to 64% in 2016 – an 11% increase. 79% of the cohort made expected progress. This is well above the national average.
The attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils in school closed significantly. For the new Attainment 8 measure, which tracks pupil performance across their best 8 results, the score for all pupils was 46.7, and the score for pupil premium pupils was 45.6. The progress gap between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils in school has closed with disadvantaged pupils scoring 0.48 compared to all pupils at 0.24.
In terms of progress, the new Progress 8 measure for all pupils was 0.24, which means that pupils at the academy achieved, on average, over 1/4 grade higher at GCSE than similar pupils nationally.
KS4 Performance Data
Achievement at A-Level 2016
Swindon Academy are delighted to be celebrating A Level success after students received their Summer 2016 results.
For A Levels and equivalents, 91% of entries were awarded A* to C grades and the overall pass rate was 100%. In terms of A Levels only, the academy also saw a substantial increase in the number of top grades – 31% of grades were A* or A and 69% were A*-C.
There were also some excellent individual success stories, including:
- Swopnil Gurung, who achieved A*, A, A in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics respectively. He is going to take a gap year before applying to study Medicine in 2017;
- Marcos Cerda Pereira, who achieved A, A, B in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at A Level and a Distinction Star in his Engineering BTEC. He will be going onto the University of Bristol to study Engineering;
- Vicky Powell, who is just one of twelve students at the academy to achieve three Distinction Stars in the extended Sports Diploma. She has been accepted into the University of Bath to study Sports Performance.
Ruth Robinson, Principal of Swindon Academy, has said: "I would like to offer congratulations today to all our Sixth Formers receiving their results, which are testament to students' hard work and perseverance throughout the year. Likewise, these results would not have been possible if not for the example set by our excellent staff team and the support they have continued to provide our students.
"What is particularly pleasing this year is to see the results from our A Level cohort, which have seen a tremendous rise on 2015 and which demonstrate that more of our students are studying and succeeding in rigorous, academic qualifications which will open doors to them in terms of top universities and career paths."
KS5 Performance Data and Sixth Form Destinations