PROGRESS 8 figures released this week confirm Burnt Mill Academy is in the top 12 per cent of schools nationally.
The Progress 8 score of 0.51 means students attending the Burnt Mill Academy Trust (BMAT) school, in Harlow, make a level of progress in their GCSEs that is considered well above average.
Epping St John’s School (ESJ), in Epping, is in transition to join the Trust. The school achieved a Progress 8 score of 0.08 and is among the most improved schools in the country – with a score of -0.54 last year. Forest Hall School, in Stansted, also scored 0.08.
The score takes into account the level children are predicted to reach when they arrive at secondary school compared to what they actually achieve when they leave.
Mick Kay, Burnt Mill first deputy headteacher, said: “Progress 8 is about the progress our children make while at our school. Our result means we are achieving well above the national average.
“In terms of the number of students achieving Grade 5 and above in their English and maths GCSE, we are the highest in the town.”
Burnt Mill is the seventh best school in Essex for its Progress 8 score, out of 132, including private schools.
Helena Mills, BMAT CEO, said: “The average Progress 8 score for Essex is -0.04. Students at Burnt Mill Academy and Epping St John’s make more progress than expected.
“These are excellent results for Burnt Mill yet again and are testament to the hard work of our staff and students. They demonstrate that with excellent teaching and high expectations of young people, everybody can do better than expected.
“Epping St John’s has massively transformed from a school which did not used to add value to children, to one where children make better progress in their GCSEs than expected.
“It’s great to see that all of the children in our secondary schools are achieving better than expected.”
Jo Daniels and Emma Ruffles, co-heads of school at Epping St John’s, said: “The Progress 8 score is monumental for ESJ on our journey to outstanding. The only way for us is up!”
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