Every parent believes their child will make progress in secondary school. This isn’t guaranteed in Havering’s academies,* regardless of the fact that the government believes Academy schools guarantee progress. In terms of ‘added value’, Havering’s academies are mediocre with 13 schools adding no value between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4.
There are 18 academies in Havering. Five are above average, seven are average with six below average in terms of improving performance. A disappointing outcome for a Conservative government who’ve promised academies will raise standards.
The best school for improving children is Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School which is well above average. ‘Well above’ measures the improvement in scores from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4. This is ‘added value’. (Coopers School has better GCSE results but adds less improvement to their gifted intake.) Other schools have negative added value, including two who are ‘well below average’. They are The Brittons Academy and Sanders School.
Havering’s schools are ‘Academies’ but all academies aren’t equal. Sacred Heart has a confident school management who know what’s best for their pupils. Other academies are part of organisations. The Harris Academy Rainham is in a network of schools, a privatised LEA, with a Chief Executive on £500,000+.
Some of Havering’s Academies aren’t improving standards in some cases they’re lowering them. They’re the unaccountable part of the government’s ideological attack on local democracy. Havering’s academies are failing our children and immediate action needs to be taken.
Redbridge Like Havering they have 18 schools. Ten are well above average, four are above average and four are average. In brief none of their schools destroy educational value in the five secondary years.**
* This statistical analysis is based entirely on the government site – https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/schools-by-type?step=default&table=schools®ion=311&la-name=havering&geographic=la&for=secondary
If you wish to compare year on year performance then go to https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/schools-by-type?step=default&table=schools®ion=311&la-name=havering&geographic=la&for=secondary&show=All%20pupils%202019&datasetfilter=final
Interestingly you’ll see that Campions School has slipped back from ‘well above average’ in 2018 to ‘average’ in 2019.