Havering’s academies are unaccountable. Their principal role is educating Havering’s children but how good are they? Looking at their websites (see Addendum) it’s more or less impossible to find out. With notable exceptions, GCSE results are concealed. Drapers Academy demonstrates it’s a choice to prevent understanding.
Drapers Academy: a stellar example of good practice
Compare this with Harris Academy, Rainham1. They present their results as though they are conducting a seminar for education professionals.
And Harris Academy isn’t the worst. Marshalls Park’s results date from 2019. And it isn’t the worst either. Other schools don’t publish results at all. They only give a link to the government website: step forward Hornchurch High School!
The Council have no role in Havering’s Academies, which is disastrous. Academies are run as if GCSE results are a commercial secret. Havering’s academies are adept at cherry picking the information they publish on their websites. Parents literally don’t know whether their children’s schools are successful or not.
Dissatisfied parent should use Freedom of Information2 requests to reveal uncensored GCSE results. Drapers Academy have shown it can be done and other academies should follow them.
GCSE results information is not a commercial secret.
Addendum: Links to each academy’s website exam results page
2 Key Information – Bower Park Academy Nothing on exam results
10 Examinations – Hall Mead School results for 2020 see also Subjects entered at key stage 4 in 2021/22 – Hall Mead School – Find school and college performance data in England – GOV.UK (find-school-performance-data.service.gov.uk) Appears to be slightly above average
15 Sacred Heart of Mary Exam results 22.xlsx – Google Sheets
17 Sanders Draper – Examination results (sandersschool.org.uk) A good analysis showing progress over 3 years
1 As from 14th December 2022 Harris Academy Rainham will adopt best practice.