Academy tops league tables for progress made by boys

Jim Coupe, acting principal at Shoreham Academy D14361064a
Jim Coupe, acting principal at Shoreham Academy D14361064a

SHOREHAM Academy is celebrating a number of notable successes in the Government’s 2015 secondary school league tables.

Based on last year’s GCSE figures, the tables show the academy, in Kingston Lane, performed particularly well in the student progress measure called ‘value added’.

Students bucked the national trend last summer, seeing the school climb six percentage points in the number achieving five or more A*-C grades at GCSE including English and maths.

Jim Coupe, acting principal at Shoreham Academy, said: “We are very pleased to have seen our results improve, particularly when the national figures show a dip.

“Especially gratifying is the fact that we are number one in the county on some measures, including progress made by boys.

“These figures have motivated younger students to do their very best and our aspirations as a school continue to increase as we improve each year.”

The academy, which covers Shoreham and Southwick, is ranked within the top three schools in West Sussex for overall student progress, with a score of 1,034, and the value-added score for boys’ progress, 1,027, was top of the county’s table.

Results for high achievers were stronger than ever, with many students achieving top grades.

English results were particularly outstanding, as 82 per cent of students gained a C grade or above, an increase of 26 percentage points on 2013, and 20 per cent achieved an A or A*.

Changes introduced by the Government last year now mean only students’ first exam results go towards the league table figures, with re-sit grades no longer counting.

Steyning Grammar School also saw a slight drop in figures. Around 69 per cent of pupils were reported to have left the school with five GCSE grades A*-C, including English and maths, compared to the 73 per cent the year before.

Nick Wergan, head teacher at Steyning Grammar School, said: “We were delighted with our excellent results last year. These again reflected the hard work of our students, and the dedication of our staff.”

Some head teachers in the county have questioned the value of the league tables, saying it is difficult to compare the figures to previous results because of the changes.

But at Shoreham Academy, staff are proud of the school’s ‘impressive’ performance, as this year’s league tables show their students make better progress than at any other non-denominational mixed gender school in the whole county.