Sunderland school investment produces results

Academy 360 Chief Executive Paul Prest with Year 11 pupils Declan Heaton and Aylise Bailey and some of this year's new starters celebrating the improvements in results.
Academy 360 Chief Executive Paul Prest with Year 11 pupils Declan Heaton and Aylise Bailey and some of this year's new starters celebrating the improvements in results.
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SUNDERLAND’S investment in a multimillion-pound school is paying off with improving exam results.

Staff and students at Academy 360 in Pennywell are celebrating the best set of results yet, putting them firmly on the road to success.

Since 2008 the number of students gaining five or more A* to C grades at GCSE including maths and English has more than doubled from 17 per cent to 35 per cent this year, along with the number of students gaining five or more A*-C grades in any subject which rose from 32 per cent in 2008 to 74 per cent this year.

The academy, which was created from the amalgamation of the former Quarry View Primary and Pennywell School, is also celebrating the fantastic achievements of the younger children.

In the Key Stage 2 Sats for 11-year-olds, 77 per cent of children gained a level four or above in English and 84 per cent, above the national average, got the top levels in maths.

Ninety-three per cent of children improved by two levels from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2.

Paul Prest, chief executive of Academy 360, said: “These are huge achievements and we are really proud. It has been through hard work, continual analysis and really good tracking systems and we are relentless.

“Our expectation is for these results to continue to improve year on year, but we know we still have a long way to go to achieve our goals.”

Mr Prest said everyone is seeing massive improvements in the ambitions and aspirations of the young people, who are hugely proud of their £25million academy building and there is now a waiting list for reception places.

The chief executive said turning around the fortunes of the former Pennywell School was never going to be an easy task, but they are now on the way to achieving their vision - Outstanding, No Excuses.

He said: “The culture of success is gaining momentum. Our children want to achieve, our parents and our community wants to achieve and our aim is to help them do that.”

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