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Welcome to Abraham Darby Academy


Easter revision programme

As time marches relentlessly on towards the first GCSE examination we are once again able to offer our Year 11 pupils a comprehensive revision programme to prepare them for the tests ahead. Many thanks are due to the committed staff at the Academy who give so generously of their time. Click the links below for full details of the sessions on offer.

FIRST WEEK OF EASTER HOLIDAYS: Monday 30th March – Friday 3rd April 2015

SECOND WEEK OF EASTER HOLIDAYS: Monday 6th April – Friday 10th April 2015

 


Response to the publication of league tables for school performance

“England’s school system is in a state of transition. Amidst [these] important changes, schools must continue to fulfil their basic purpose to teach pupils and prepare them successfully for the next stage of their lives.” Ofsted annual report – December 2014.

The words above are important on several levels; most importantly they emphasise the core purpose of every school, they also acknowledge the significant turbulence that has been created in terms of results by the rapid pace of change in education over recent years.

As these changes were happening schools were often faced with the question of what was the right thing to do for pupils and staff. Two decisions by the government impacted significantly on preparation for exams: firstly, only the first attempt at English and Maths GCSE would be reported in league tables and secondly, that the type of qualification that would count in the league tables would be restricted.

At Abraham Darby Academy we decided that pupils who had been prepared and engaged in sitting an exam in November should be allowed to sit it. That first grade was used to motivate the students to work even harder to improve the grade in the summer. We also decided that we should not change a course that pupils had been studying, and teachers had been preparing for, since the beginning of year 9.

In November 2013 42% of our pupils achieved a C grade or better in both English and Maths, This is the figure in the published league tables. In the summer 2014 70% of or pupils achieved both qualifications. That result is not in the tables. 98% of our pupils went onto further education or training.

Below are the figures which allow a direct year on year comparison. We believe this is a true reflection of the hard work of our staff and pupils.

Exams results 2007-2014

Exams results 2007-2014

 

If you would like further information you may be interested in this BBC news item ‘School league tables branded a nonsense’

Lee Hadley

Principal