There is much to celebrate in KCSP’s provisional 2017 primary and secondary results at all key stages. Our academies have continued to perform extremely well this year and compare very favourably with national and Kent averages across all measures. We are very pleased indeed to be able to say that overall pupils attending our academies attain well in all end of key stage tests and examinations and make better than average progress.
The success of our academies has also been recognised by Ofsted. Since November 2016, half have been re-inspected, with inspectors finding that standards in the vast majority are at least good. Six academies are judged to be outstanding.
This success is due to the hard work and dedication of our headteachers, leaders, staff and governors - and of course the pupils themselves, supported by their parents. The new academic year is well under way and I know that everyone is determined to build on this year’s achievements and make next year even better!
Director of School Improvement
· We are very pleased to report that for the second year in a row, the outcomes for the KCSP Primary Academies are strong and are above the provisional 2017 national average figures for all key stages: EYFS, KS1 (including phonics) and KS2.
· On average, KCSP academies either outperform or are in line with the highest comparator at each key stage. This means that the pupils who attend the KCSP Primary Academies attain better results at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in mathematics, reading, writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling than other schools nationally and locally.
· The vast majority of our pupils also make good progress between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in reading, writing and maths. National progress data will be released by the DfE on 25th January 2018. This is likely to show that the progress of pupils at KCSP academies is statistically similar to, or better than, the progress made by all pupils nationally.
· Our ongoing work with Early Excellence is having a hugely positive impact on the quality of early years provision in our academies as shown in the higher than average Good Level of Development (GLD) outcomes for our youngest pupils on leaving Reception class.
· KCSP’s five secondary academies are all non-selective schools in Kent which is a highly selective area.
· We are pleased that overall this year, the Trust has an average Attainment 8 score of 44.1, which is in line with the national average for all secondary schools in England.
· Progress 8 (P8) is an important measure for the Trust’s academies. The P8 national average is zero. Overall the Trust’s score of +0.18 is significantly above the national average, with pupils in KCSP academies making more progress between Key Stages 2 and 4 than on average nationally and if they attended other schools in Kent.
· Although no longer part of the accountability framework, we are pleased to report a significant increase in the proportion of pupils achieving five or more standard (grade 4 and above) passes including English and maths. Last year 51% of pupils achieved 5 or more passes including English and maths; this year 58% of pupils achieved this measure. This compares favourably with the average for the rest of Kent, which was unchanged from last year at 59%.
· Sixty one percent of pupils gained a standard pass in English and maths combined (‘Basics’); this is +2% higher than this year’s national average and is in line with the average for all schools in Kent, including selective schools. The comparable national average for non-selective schools in highly selective areas is 55%.
· KCSP’s five secondary academies are all non-selective schools in Kent which is a highly selective area, including at Key Stage 5. In 2017, the average GCSE points score (APS) for all students nationally was 6.2, whereas the average APS for students studying in KCSP 6th forms was under 6 (below the national average).
· Across all trust academies, on average students gained a grade of C- for all academic (A level) courses. The national average for state-funded schools is grade C and the average for Kent is C+.
· The average grade for students’ best 3 A levels is a grade C, compared with a C+ for state-funded schools nationally and for Kent.
· Students taking Applied General courses achieved very well. The average grade across trust academies was Distinction*-, ahead of the Kent, London and national average.