Whilst many Headteachers are hopping mad, staff and students at Newton Abbot College are jumping for joy!
The release of the Department for Education’s performance tables on Thursday show that for the seventh year running results have improved yet again!
Paul Cornish, Principal said: “I couldn’t be more proud of the students and staff of this college. They have extremely high expectations of themselves and everyone is so hardworking. The performance data is just confirmation of that which we already knew: Newton Abbot College is an excellent school, full of excellent people, achieving excellent results.”
Whichever measure you use to assess the college’s performance you cannot fail to be impressed. Whether it is 5A*-C including English and Maths (66%), expected progress in English (87%), expected progress in Maths (77%), Value Added (1018.1)…the college has performed incredibly well in comparison to other schools locally and nationally.
Steve Joint, Chair of Governors said: “as a Governing Body we are incredibly proud of the achievements of the staff and students at the College. As a parent of children at the school it is so reassuring to know that the education of my children is in incredibly safe hands.”
One of the most pleasing aspects of the performance data for the college is that students of all ability levels made progress that was well above national average. Students labelled as low, middle and high ability by the government based on their ability on leaving primary school all performed exceptionally well. Paul Cornish commented further, “We are extremely proud of our inclusive culture and ethos. Parents of all children, from all backgrounds and of all abilities can see from the performance data that their child is likely to make outstanding progress at our college. There is certainly no need to look further afield when choosing your child’s school. Even the highest ability students make similar progress at our college to that made at selective schools in the wider surrounding area.”
Finally Paul said, “We only care about three things: children’s well-being, children’s outcomes and children’s future life chances. Our focus is to keep them safe and happy, enable them to be successful and enable them to have a great future.”