UK’s leading academy sponsor boosts disadvantaged pupils’ performance

Sponsor listed as top in country for pupil progress and attainment

The City of London Corporation has been named as the best academy sponsor in the country for empowering pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average, according to analysis published by the Sutton Trust today [fig 17 p38].

Sutton Trust also named the City Corporation as the UK’s leading academy sponsor for Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which track pupil progress and achievement [table 9 p45].

The City Corporation, which is already ranked as the top multi-academy sponsor in the country for pupil progress by the Department for Education, sponsors or co-sponsors two primary and three secondary academies across Hackney, Islington and Southwark. All are judged as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

The report explores how disadvantaged pupils who have fallen behind at primary schools make more progress by GCSE stage in sponsored academy chains compared to other types of school.

Poorer pupils in 10 out of 48 academy chains performed above the national average on key measures of 2016 attainment for disadvantaged pupils, including in the City of London Corporation’s academies, which is significantly above the average.

Henry Colthurst, Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Education board said:

“We are fully committed to providing first-class education to empower young people from all backgrounds to reach their full academic and personal potential.

“We are very proud of how hard our students and staff have worked, and we are delighted that this has translated into one of the best Progress 8 and Attainment 8 scores in the country.

“It is an exciting time for us with a new primary school, three secondary and one post-16 centre scheduled to open in the 2017/18 academic year.”

Andrew McMurtrie, Chair of The City of London Academies Trust said:

“The City of London Academies Trust delivers life-transforming learning experiences allowing all our pupils, whatever their background, to make a positive contribution to their communities.

“My congratulations go to the students, their families and to all the staff across our academies.

“These figures reflect the aspiration, determination and hard work put in by all throughout this academic year and I am exceptionally proud of what we have all achieved together.”

The City of London Corporation is opening five new academies in Islington, Hackney and Newham.

The progress eight scores show that the City Corporation’s Hackney and Islington academies are in the top 15 schools out of 6,300 in the country for student progress.

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The Sutton Trust report ‘Chain Effects’ can be found here.

The City of London Academies Trust

The City of London Academies Trust aims to ensure that all of its schools provide outstanding outcomes for the young people they serve based on a unique blend of tradition and innovation for which the City of London itself is world renowned.

Current Sponsored Academies:

  • City of London Academy, Southwark
  • Redriff Primary School
  • Galleywall Primary School

Academies Due to Open in 2017/18:

  • City of London Academy, Highgate Hill (Currently Mount Carmel School, Islington)
  • City of London Academy, Shoreditch Park
  • City of London Primary Academy, Islington
  • Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre School, City of London Academy
  • City of London Academy Highbury Grove

Academy Due to Open In September 2019:

  • City of London Academy, Downs Park

Joint Sponsored Academies Associated with the Trust:

  • City of London Academy, Islington
  • The City Academy, Hackney

The City of London Corporation

The City of London Corporation is committed to providing access to excellent education and learning opportunities for children and young people. We aim to give high-quality education which enriches and inspires students and enables them to reach their full academic and personal potential.

The City of London Corporation has one maintained primary school and five sponsored academies in neighbouring boroughs. It also supports three independent schools.

Progress 8

Progress 8 aims to capture the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school. It is a type of value added measure, which means that pupils’ results are compared to the actual achievements of other pupils with the same prior attainment. The performance measures are designed to encourage schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum with a focus on an academic core at key stage 4, and reward schools for the teaching of all their pupils, measuring performance across 8 qualifications. Every increase in every grade a pupil achieves will attract additional points in the performance tables.

Attainment 8

Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a pupil across 8 qualifications including mathematics (double weighted) and English (double weighted), 3 further qualifications that count in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) measure and 3 further qualifications that can be GCSE qualifications (including EBacc subjects) or technical awards from the DfE approved list.