We place a high priority on ensuring the best quality provision for our youngest pupils and this is reflected in the positive progress that our children make in all our foundation stage settings.
Outcomes for the early years are broadly in line with national outcomes, other than at Wainwright Primary where a significant number of pupils enter the academy at starting points well below that typically for their age and/or with no spoken English. These children ‘get off to a good start in the early years and make good progress’ (Ofsted 2019). We have been pleased with improvements in attainment in communication and language as a result of development work in this area.
Key stage 1
We are delighted that three of our five primary academies achieved key stage 1 outcomes in line with or above national scores, with significant improvements at Samuel Barlow Primary Academy. Attainment in maths has been improved, both at the expected level and greater depth, due to the implementation of our framework for maths and more effective assessment processes.
As a result of further development of Read, Write, Inc. attainment in phonics has increased significantly, providing secure foundations for further progress in English.
Key stage 2
Three of our five primary academies once again achieved key stage 2 outcomes broadly in line with national outcomes and progress is typically within average ranges.
At Wainwright Primary Academy, we are delighted that progress has improved in all three areas of reading, writing and maths to now be in line with the national average, and progress has improved significantly at Samuel Barlow Academy demonstrating the impact of our work on improving outcomes over time.
Trust performance – secondary and post 16
Key stage 4
As a Trust, we were pleased to see the positive impact of so much hard work being reflected in key stage 4 outcomes. The vast majority of our seven secondary academies have made good progress from the previous year’s outcomes and others have managed to consolidate previous gains. As always, there remains work to do so that all students in all areas can achieve their full academic potential.
We are particularly proud of the performance of Walton Academy who have delivered significantly positive progress scores for all groups of students. The overall progress 8 score of +0.62 placed the academy in the top 5% of schools nationally.
Key stage 5
Diverse Academies has seven secondary academies with post 16 students that are taught at five different locations. Every single academy demonstrated improvements in aspects of post 16 outcomes and it was pleasing to see the positive impact of collaboration and sharing ideas for the benefit of students and staff.
The average grade achieved in academic qualification was very close to the national average or higher in six of the seven academies, and of particular note was East Leake Academy. On average, students at East Leake post 16 achieved a grade B on academic courses and made very positive progress compared to their starting points.
Post 16 provision in Diverse Academies is led by a post 16 expert, who works across the Trust. Our focus is on moving forward the holistic quality of students post 16 experiences at every centre.