Hartsdown Academy headteacher Matthew Tate says the latest release of secondary school progress measures are cause for celebration – with the school in Margate confirmed as the most improved secondary school in Kent and the 11th most improved secondary school in the country for Progress 8 measures.
The data, released last week, shows measures including Progress 8. This shows how much progress pupils make from the end of primary school to the end of year 11 based on results in up to 8 qualifications, which include English and maths.
A score above zero means pupils made more progress, on average, than pupils across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 2.
A score below zero means pupils made less progress, on average, than pupils across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 2.
For Hartsdown Academy the average progress 8 score in 2021/22 was -1.34 but results for the 2022/23 academic year show a significant improvement at -0.4.
Mr Tate said: “The improvement in results has been an overnight change seven years in the making and reflects my key challenge which is the question “is this good enough for my child?”. “This challenge has allowed Hartsdown to sustain improvement through an inclusive curriculum that meets the needs of all our children.
“ I know that children at Hartsdown get a great education and am happy that I was able to secure a place for my own son who had previously attended a grammar school. Education is obviously much more than GCSEs and at Hartsdown we offer a rich, inclusive curriculum that seeks to develop the whole child, however we understand that results matter and we are delighted with the achievements of our students.
“The improvement in school outcomes is an outstanding achievement and both staff and students should be delighted to have been a part of this success. However, this comes as no shock as I have had the privilege of seeing the incredible work that happens every day in the classroom and the energy and dynamism at additional sessions including Saturday mornings. We are rightly very proud but also mindful that this is not the end of our journey and we are fully focused on making further improvements next year.”
Mr Tate became headmaster at Hartsdown in 2016 and says that since that time the school has seen a major transformation with the introduction of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) for Key Stage 3 and its post-16 counterpart the IB Careers-Related Programme. The year 11 students who received the latest results were the first cohort to have the MYP programme in the curriculum.
In 2020, a new purpose-built block was opened at the school and progress was recognised by OFSTED during an inspection in 2021 where it received a Good rating.
Dane Court: Progress 8 0.68 (last year 0.27) Grade 5 and above in Maths and English GCSE 94%
Chatham & Clarendon: Progress 8 0.12 (last year 0.55) Grade and above in Maths and English GCSE 81%
Charles Dickens School Progress 8 0.07 (last year -0.13) Grade 5 and above in Maths and English GCSE 30%
King Ethelbert Progress 8 -0.16 (last year -0.42) Grade 5 and above in Maths and English GCSE 29%
St Georges Progress 8 -0.35 (last year -0.73) Grade 5 and above in Maths and English GCSE 20%
Hartsdown Progress 8 -0.4 (last year -1.34) Grade 5 and above in Maths and English GCSE 24%
Ursuline College Progress 8 -0.53 (last year -0.31) Grade 5 and above in Maths and English GCSE 18%
Sandwich Tech Progress 8 -0.7 (last year 0.89) Grade 5 and above in Maths and English GCSE 25%
Royal Harbour Academy Progress 8 -0.78 (last year -1.05) Grade 5 and above in Maths and English GCSE 16%
The 11 most improved schools ( does not include special schools)
|School Name||P8||Last year P8||Difference|
|Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham||1.82||0.37||1.45|
|Ada Lovelace Church of England High School||1.33||0||1.33|
|Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy , Manchester||1.36||0.22||1.14|
|Harris Academy Sutton||1.1||0||1.1|
|The Halifax Academy||0.3||-0.79||1.09|
|Ernesford Grange Community Academy||-0.37||-1.44||1.07|
|Burnt Mill Academy||-0.19||-1.24||1.05|
|The Gateway Academy||0.22||-0.76||0.98|
|Wyvern St Edmund’s||-0.17||-1.13||0.96|