Thursday 1 March 2012

Will Primary Academies improve results?

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It is often forgotten that we have had primary academies, as part of all-through academies, since 2002, giving plenty of time to assess their performance.  As with secondary academies, a look at the results gives enough evidence to doubt the effectiveness of the extra money which has been directed towards the academy programme.

Overall, only 7 of the primary academies achieved better than the national average KS2 results in 2011 (74%).  9 of the 19 academies (or 47%) that have comparable results from 2010 saw their results fall!

Priory Witham Academy was established in 2008 and its 2011 KS2 results put it in the bottom 1% of all schools in the country. From 2010 to 2011 its KS2 results plummeted 26%. Only 11% of its higher level pupils made the expected progress between KS1 and KS2 in English, despite having only 2% English as an Additional Language (EAL) students.  Within its own LA it was second from bottom for KS2 results.

Another academy which has failed to live up to its predecessor is Oasis Shirley Park.  The last recorded results for the primary school it replaced show that 70% of pupils achieved KS2 at Level 4+.  This compares with the 39% achieved in 2011 by Oasis Shirley Park, placing it in the bottom 200 on rank ordering, in the bottom 2% of all primaries and with the lowest results in Croydon.

Swindon Academy also recorded the lowest KS2 results in its the local authority, with 52% getting level 4+ in 2011, down from 59% in 2010.

Year Open

Name

KS2 Results

2010 to 2011

2011
National74%

2010
National 73%

2009
National 72%

2007 William Hulme’s Grammar **

92%

92%

88%

0%

2008 Globe

86%

70%

55%

16%

2007 St Mary Magdalene CofE

86%

83%

57%

3%

2009 Nottingham

84%

n/a

 

2009 Birkenhead High **

80%

88%

-8%

2009 Bede Academy

77%

58%

19%

2005 Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham

76%

56%

66%

20%

2009 Bolton St Catherine’s

73%

45%

28%

2008 Academy 360

72%

40%

45%

32%

2009 Appleton Academy

72%

n/a

 

2003 West London Academy

71%

58%

78%

13%

2007 Folkestone

65%

77%

-12%

2007 Samworth

64%

38%

53%

26%

2007 St Matthews

61%

62%

60%

-1%

2009 Kettering Science

60%

54%

n/a

6%

2009 Business Academy Bexley

58%

60%

43%

-2%

2005 Haberdashers Askes Crayford

57%

75%

n/a

-18%

2009 Northumberland CofE

56%

n/a n/a

 

2007 Swindon

52%

59%

43%

-7%

2010 Dartmouth

50%

n/a n/a

 

2009 Kettering Buccleuch

46%

54%

n/a

-8%

2009 Oasis Shirley Park

39%

47%

n/a

-8%

2008 Priory Witham

29%

55%

50%

-26%

2008 Steiner, Hereford *

0%

n/a

0%

 

2009 King Solomon

 

* Previously a private school  ** previously a selective private school

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