North West Academies Trust is celebrating another year of sensational progress for its primary schools in the region.
The Trust has been on a relentless drive to provide world-class education within the academy and free school sector since it was established in 2011.
Three of its schools – Delamere Academy, at Northwich, Oak View at Winsford, and Ellesmere Primary in Shropshire – were struggling until the intervention of Trust CEO Steve Docking.
Now the latest Primary Schools Performance Tables have demonstrated the enormous strides they have made.
Delamere is ranked the second best in Cheshire, while Oak View has the made the most progress in the entire county.
Ellesmere have moved from the bottom third of schools in Shropshire to the top third inside 12 months of joining the Trust.
Mr Docking said: “We are always confident that our constant ambition and determination to provide the best possible education for our pupils will get results, but it is always a pleasure to get confirmation.
“At primary level our Trust is performing higher than the Harris Federation – one of the Government’s favourites which claims to be the highest performing Trust in the country.
“We’re very proud of everybody involved – it takes a lot of hard work which starts with the trustees, is led by our dedicated teachers and staff, and is thoroughly embraced by our children and their parents.
“Without the commitment and vision of them all, this kind of achievement would not be possible. So I’d like to thank them – and warn them we certainly won’t be resting on our laurels!
“I can assure everyone that our mission to push forward to deliver new and exciting ways to enhance the learning experience at our schools will continue.”
The Trust’s fourth school, St Martin’s at Chester, was launched in 2013.
It is not yet part of the league tables because pupils are not old enough to sit SATs – but has been singled out for personal congratulations for its 100% pass rate at phonics screening by the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP.
Delamere, near Northwich, was listed for closure in 2007 but became the first primary academy converter in Cheshire in 2011 and a remarkable transformation got underway.
A huge 91% of pupils meet expected standards, with 14% achieving at a higher standard. Delamere is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Oak View was ranked second worst in the country by Ofsted before joining the Trust in 2014. Now rated ‘good’, the school is performing ‘well above average’ in reading, writing and maths.
Ellesmere is right at the start of its journey with the Trust but already results are substantially better with 73% of children meeting expected standards. Pupil numbers are up and a plan to get £6m for school improvements is in the pipeline.