Somercotes Academy Principal Frances Green and Tollbar MAT Chief Executive David Hampson celebrate the Academy’s success with students (left to right): Charlotte Wright (Year 10); Reece Cook-Dickinson (Year 10); Larna Pennell (Year 7); Georgia Dilks (Year 8); Frazer Perrow (Year 10) and Jack Allen (Year 7).
Somercotes Academy is the top-scoring, non-selective Academy in the East Lindsey area, according to the Real Schools Guide published this week.
The Real Schools Guide 2020 reveals how schools score in relation to other schools in the area, and across England. Data is available on pupils’ attainment, average grades, the quality of the teaching and when the school was last inspected. The guide is compiled by Reach's data unit and aims to give a far more comprehensive picture than traditional league tables.
The Government’s National League Tables only look at GCSE performance and Attainment 8, but the system used by this guide moves beyond what it calls these ‘limited measurements’ to give parents a better idea of which schools will help their children prosper no matter what their background. The system uses 51 different measures, put together from the latest publicly available data, and broken-down into four categories - Attainment, Progress, Attendance and Outcomes.
The guide reveals that, despite being a small rural school with mixed ability across all age groups, Somercotes Academy is one of only nine schools in Lincolnshire to achieve a 5-star rating for Progress.
The Academy, which is a member of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust, continues to build on its improvements. In November 2018 it was rated ‘Good’ for the first time by Ofsted. In November last year, Department of Education League Tables ranked Somercotes Academy 4th highest out of 38 non-selective schools across Lincolnshire.
The Academy’s Progress 8 figure at that time was 0.45, with the national average being zero. Progress 8 measures a student’s progress from the end of Primary to the end of Secondary School.
Frances Green, Principal of Somercotes Academy, said today: “I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of the staff and students at the Academy, along with the strong support of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust, has been recognised in this way. Somercotes Academy is a growing school which is going from strength to strength.”
David Hampson, Chief Executive of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust, said: “This just shows what can be achieved at a small school in a coastal area with the right teaching and commitment to raising standards and ensuring that all children receive a quality education. I am very proud of everyone involved at Somercotes Academy.”