This year’s key stage 2 results have now been officially released by the DfE, and we’re delighted to announce that in 2019, both Perry Court E-ACT Academy and Badock’s Wood E-ACT Academy in Bristol have ranked amongst the best schools in the country.
Across the trust, several E-ACT primary academies have this year experienced significant improvement in the key stage 2 combined measure of reading, writing and mathematics, with seven academies surpassing the national average of 65%.
Across the key stages, it has been a fantastic year for our academies. In October, we also celebrated the news that Heartlands Academy in Nechells, Birmingham, had been ranked the sixth best secondary school for progress and the top sponsored secondary academy in the country.
Perry Court E-ACT Academy in the top 1% of primary schools nationally
We are thrilled that Perry Court E-ACT Academy has been ranked in the top 1% of schools nationally for both attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. From 20,000 primary schools in England, Perry Court has ranked amongst the top 120 for attainment in the combined measure of reading, writing and mathematics, and has ranked 15th in the country for pupil progress in reading and 27th in the country for pupil progress in mathematics.
It will perhaps come as no surprise that the academy has the highest percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics in Bristol and is the best for pupil progress in reading and mathematics in the city.
The academy’s achievements are all the more impressive given its location. In Hengrove, sadly a quarter of children live in poverty and over half of all pupils at the academy are from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Having only joined the trust in September 2017, Perry Court E-ACT academy’s combined measure leapt up from just 16% in 2017 to 69% in 2018. The academy’s combined measure increased further to 96% in 2019, the same year the academy was shortlisted for The Times Educational Supplement’s prestigious primary school of the year award.
“We are thrilled to learn that our key stage 2 outcomes for both attainment and progress put us in the top 1% of primary schools in the entire country. What makes this even more incredible is the fact that over half of our children come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Full credit must go to our incredible pupils, who continue to smash through any glass ceilings above them. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our teaching team and support staff, who work tirelessly to give every child in our academy the best opportunity to succeed, the wider E-ACT trust for its unwavering support and opportunities for collaboration within our South West region and our parents and carers, who have stood by us and bought into everything we have put in place over the last few years. We are so proud of our achievements so far and we look forward to the next chapter.”Richard Healey, Headteacher
Badock’s Wood is in the top 2% of primary schools nationally for pupil progress
The pupils at Badock’s Wood E-ACT Academy in Bristol have also done exceptionally well this year.
Badock’s Wood is ranked in the top 2% of schools nationally for progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The academy is in the top 1.3% of schools in the country for progress in reading, the top 0.5% for progress in mathematics and in the top 0.3% of schools for progress in writing.
Like Perry Court E-ACT Academy, over half of all pupils at the academy are from disadvantaged backgrounds. The academy is in Southmead, Bristol, where sadly 32% of children live in poverty, however, Badock’s Wood has this year been confirmed as the best performing school in the city for pupil progress in writing and the second best performing school for progress in reading and mathematics.
Having been placed in special measures in November 2016, E-ACT was initially approached to provide educational support to Badock’s Wood in 2017. After achieving a combined measure of 52% in that year, the school surpassed the national average in 2018 with further support from the trust. Badock’s Wood officially joined E-ACT in September 2018, when pupils achieved a combined measure of 82%.
“Everyone at Badock’s Wood is extremely proud of the result and progress score that we have achieved in the last academic year. At Badock’s Wood, we ensure positive progress is made by tracking pupils throughout their entire academy journey. We want all our pupils to be given the best possible chance to succeed, and our aim is for every child to pass their SATs. Dedication and hard work delivered this success. Our achievement was brought about not only by the incredibly hard work of the Year 6 team, but by all academy-based and E-ACT regional trust staff, who together have worked closely with pupils on their journey through the academy. I am incredibly proud of the whole team.”Paul Tooth, Headteacher
Fantastic success stories from our primary academies
We’re pleased to share with you some of the other fantastic success stories from our academies.
Seven of our primary academies have this year surpassed the national average for the number of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, which this year is 65%:
- Perry Court E-ACT Academy, Bristol (96%)
- Badock’s Wood E-ACT Academy, Bristol (82%)
- Chalfont Valley E-ACT Academy, Buckinghamshire (77%)
- St Ursula’s E-ACT Academy, Bristol (73%)
- Merritts Brook E-ACT Academy, Midlands (72%)
- Denham Green E-ACT Academy, Buckinghamshire (71%)
- Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy, Bristol (68%)
Six of our primary academies have this year experienced increases in the number of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics:
- Perry Court E-ACT Academy, Bristol (69% to 96%)
- Merritts Brook E-ACT Academy, Midlands (53% to 72%)
- Chalfont Valley E-ACT Academy, Buckinghamshire (59% to 77%)
- Braintcroft E-ACT Academy, London (39% to 58%)
- Badock’s Wood E-ACT Academy, Bristol (75% to 82%)
- E-ACT Pathways Academy, Sheffield (32% to 39%)
Our pupils’ achievements are all the more impressive given the background of the communities we serve. 48% of our pupils are eligible for and claiming free school meals, which is 20% more than the national average. In 17 of our academies, pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals make up 50% or more of the academy’s cohort.
Furthermore, the percentage of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities is also above the national average, with the number of pupils who speak a language other than English at home double the national average.
“It is wonderful news that Perry Court E-ACT Academy and Badock’s Wood E-ACT Academy are amongst the very best primary schools in the country for progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Whilst we wholeheartedly believe that every child can achieve no matter their background, this achievement is all the more impressive given the fact that over half of all pupils at each academy are from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through fantastic teaching, a focus on aspirational activities outside the classroom and by placing the mental wellbeing of all our children and staff at the centre of all we do, we are seeing our academies progress at a rapid rate. I take this opportunity to congratulate our talented academy and regional teams. It is thanks to their dedication that our pupils continue to make a smooth transition from primary to secondary education and beyond with the fundamentals in reading, writing and mathematics firmly in place.”Jane Millward, Chief Executive