Most improved academy in the country!
Photo: Principal Roger Punton with former student Sufiyan who achieved six A*s and four As at GCSE in 2015
Figures released by the Department for Education show that Ark Kings Academy is the most improved sponsored academy in the whole country over two years. This also makes us the most improved school in Birmingham out of the 72 sponsored academies reporting GCSE results in both years.
Since 2013, GCSE results at Ark Kings are up 27 percentage points, while the national average for all schools is down by 6 points.
Principal Roger Punton said, “We have a rigorous focus on standards and high expectations for all pupils at Ark Kings Academy. As these results show, we are making rapid progress but there is much more to do and we are working hard to ensure that our results continue to climb year on year. We have also just started work on our new school building signalling a very bright future for Ark Kings Academy.”
In 2015, the number of students achieving five A*- C grades, including English and maths, reached 51% at Ark Kings Academy, up 5% on 2014. Student progress is now significantly above the national average with 87% of students making expected or better than expected progress in English, and 73% in maths - 62% of students achieved grades A* - C in these core subjects. There were also notable successes in Art with 92% of students achieving A* - C, 77% in Science and 70% in ICT.
Speaking to Schools week, the Department for Education said sponsored academies were overturning years of poor performance. A spokesperson said, “Every pupil deserves an excellent education and hundreds of schools are being turned around thanks to the help of strong academy sponsors.”