Each year, the Department for Education studies the academic scores of students attending every school. It then ranks schools in a National League Table who have the same profile of children (students arriving in Year 7 with the same performance from Primary School). They call this the Table of Similar Schools (schools with similar intakes of children).
In the past, Droylsden Academy would come in the bottom 10% of schools with similar intakes for how well it brought academic progress to its students. In 2015-16 we are now in the top 35% of similar schools in the country. The students, teachers, support staff, parents, carers, governors and key partners should be very pleased with this improvement. This news comes on the back of a much more favourable Ofsted report (in October) where the school was awarded Good for both Leadership and for Behaviour, Personal Development & Welfare, and a much more encouraging set of GCSE results, particularly in English, which allowed more students than ever to take up post-16 study at Level 3 (A-Level or equivalent).
Our current students are perfectly capable of doing even better if they take PRIDE, are polite, hardworking (in school and at home) and are honest. We need our parents to continue to support our school and our teachers in parental messages to their children at home, if we are to be really successful. Our success will make your son or daughter’s life chances that much better.
The staff know only too well that there is much more we can do to continue to improve so that our learners get the best possible chance of a brighter future, but it is always good to take a moment to celebrate improvement and recognise our progress so far, especially when the good news comes from the Department of Education in England.