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Tollbar Academy Ranked Number One In Schools Guide For Second Time

Tollbar Academy CEO David Hampson and Principal Caroline Yates celebrate the Academy being the top non-selective school in the region for the second year running with students (front l-r) Ebony Cutler, Lydia Walton, Elizabeth Northern; (back l-r) Finlay Littlewood, Oliver Meek, Layla Brown, Declyn Dennis and Thea Jebson.

Tollbar Academy is the best state-funded secondary school in North East Lincolnshire for the second year in succession, according to one of the most comprehensive guides to state-funded secondary education produced in recent years.

The Real Schools Guide 2020, compiled by Reach's data unit, 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.

Using these measurements, The Real Schools Guide ranks Tollbar Academy as number one in the region and one of the highest performing state-funded secondary schools in the country. This is in spite of it having more than 2,000 pupils, which is twice the number of students of many schools, with mixed abilities across all age groups.

Now in its eighth year, the guide has been praised by ministers and education experts alike. Former Schools Minister David Laws called it 'public-service journalism in the best tradition'. In it, Tollbar Academy receives 5 stars for Progress and Outcomes, with its leadership and management ranked as Outstanding. It is ranked 410 out of 3,181 schools in England, moving up from 434 last year.

Tollbar Academy is the flagship of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust and its Principal Caroline Yates is rightly proud of its staff and students. “Their results are testament to their dedication and hard work,” she said.

The Trust’s Chief Executive, David Hampson OBE, who has played a pivotal role in the success of Tollbar for 30 years, said today: “I am so very proud of the staff, students, their parents and our Governing Body for their contributions to making Tollbar Academy the tremendous educational establishment it is today.

“This guide gives parents a well-rounded view of what local schools can offer their children and I am delighted that Tollbar Academy is rated number one, which is testament to our relentless drive to provide quality education for local children.”