Castleford Academy has topped the DFE performance tables in Wakefield and was highlighted as being in the top 6% of schools nationally for the new Progress 8 measure of a school's performance. The performance tables released this week, show the incredible achievement of Castleford Academy both locally and nationally.
Progress 8 aims to capture the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school. It is a type of value added measure, which means that pupils' results are compared to the actual achievements of other pupils with the same prior attainment.
The new performance measures are designed to encourage schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum with a focus on an academic core at key stage 4 (Maths, English, Science, Humanities, Languages and 3 other high quality qualifications), and reward schools for the teaching of all their pupils, measuring performance across 8 qualifications.
Castleford Academy achieved a score of 0.53 meaning, on average, all pupils achieve over half a grade better than expected across their subjects. This achievement highlights the academy in the top 154 secondary schools in the country (3097 secondary schools in England).
Headteacher George Panayiotou beamed, "I am absolutely delighted at the performance of Castleford Academy students for progress 8. This has placed us in the top 6% of schools nationally, which is a phenomenal. The achievement is a credit to all staff, students and their families. The most pleasing aspect of this work is the opportunities it creates for each student to further progress in the future. We are very proud of them". Chair of trustees and governors Bill Clift MBE added, "The achievement is a reflection on the amazing capabilities of Castleford children. The school is at the heart of the community and such success is only part of the outstanding education provided at the academy."
Wakefield secondary schools were also noted in the tables as the highest achieving in West Yorkshire and 3rd highest in Yorkshire.
Wakefield Schools performance highlighted on the link below.
If you click into each school on the performance tables you can obtain further analysis compared to national data.
Names – Top Row Left to Right
Jo Cross – Assistant Headteacher, George Panayiotou - Headteacher and Director of Castleford Academy Trust, Daniella Cook - Associate Headteacher, Sarah Bowes – Year Leader
Names – Bottom Row Left to Right
Year 10 Students: Rosie-May Delaney (Assistant Head Girl), Connor Wright (Deputy Head Boy) Jessica Appleyard (Head Girl), Joe Kirkbright (Head Boy), Holly Page (Deputy Head Girl), Corey Johnson (Assistant Head Boy)