Official figures released on January 19th 2017 show that Northampton Academy has been rated the top school in Northampton and second in Northamptonshire for the level of progress made by students from leaving primary school to GCSE Level.
The school achieved a score of 0.37 in the latest Progress 8 reports, which is well above the national average and among the top 7% in the country.
Nat Parnell, Principal of Northampton Academy, said:
“We are incredibly pleased with our summer results, which have put us at the top of the table in Northampton and second in Northamptonshire for the progress our students make. This means that, as well as more of our students getting the good GCSE results including English and Maths, that they need to succeed, they are also making above average progress from their respective starting points. This is a result of the hard work of our students and staff, as well as our culture of high aspirations and aim of bringing out the best in everyone.”
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Progress 8 explained
Progress 8 tells us how will pupils at the school have progressed between the end of primary school (key stage 2) and the end of secondary school (key stage 4), compared to pupils in other schools who got similar results at the end of primary school. This score is based on results in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, mathematics, three qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and three other additional qualifications.The average Progress 8 score for 'mainstream' schools in England is 0. Mainstream schools are schools that aren't special schools or 'alternative provision settings' (for example pupil referral units). Most schools score between –1 and +1. If a school scores +1 and above, it shows that pupils made exceptionally good progress. If the score is below –0.5, the school may come under increased scrutiny and receive additional support.