Statement from Chair of Governors Ms Joanne Watkins and Executive Principal Peter Rubery.

You will know that we strongly object to the DfE’s decision to ignore the achievements of 49 Year 11 students who sat the English (Combined) exam.  This has resulted in the publication of misleading information in the 2014-15 School’s Performance Tables.

We are grateful for the support of our MP Ms Antoinette Sandbach who has been instrumental in promoting our case in Westminster, including convening a meeting with the School’s Minister, Mr Gibb on 19th January 2016.  Mr Gibb’s response to our appeal is presented below, together with Ms Sandbach’s letter to all parents.  You will note that Mr Gibb advises us to ‘take all possible measures to ensure your own data is available to the public and parents’.  We take this as tacit acknowledgement that the achievements of our students are not reflected in the Performance Tables and we will now seek legal advice on the matter.

Please see the link below to the ‘true’ analysis of our students’ achievements and the inaccurate version the DfE are choosing to publish.

Parents will no doubt agree that we cannot let this injustice stand.  Your support by email comment would be most welcome.  Please send comments that we can include in our appeal to Mrs Fox on jane.fox@winsfordacademy.org.uk.

Follow the links below for more information:


This is an exciting to time to study and work at The Winsford Academy as we enter a new academic year with our best ever examination results and the continuation of our close association with the highly regarded and outstanding Fallibroome Multi Academy Trust, based in Macclesfield.

SLIDESHOW

Indeed, since opening in September 2010, we have made excellent progress towards establishing ourselves as an outstanding provider of education and we have developed a distinctive ethos and vibrant culture underpinned by our motto: ‘Succeed, Aspire, Learn Together’. 

The table below, focusing on the government’s main measures, shows the difference we have made to outcomes at secondary level in Winsford:

table

As all schools can only really be measured on the progress they make with individual students from their first day at secondary school, we are particularly proud of our levels of progress in the key subjects of English and maths.

78% of all students make expected progress in English (national average 72%) and a hugely significant proportion of students (36%) make 4 levels of progress (that is more than expected progress, the national average of which is 30%). These are the outcomes of an outstanding department.

We also celebrate achievements in maths where expected progress and more than expected progress levels are at national average.

Five years of educational change have made it difficult for parents to judge the effectiveness of a school, so much has changed and there are a number of different measures and factors to consider when choosing the right secondary schools. Our results in English and maths are very strong indicators of a very good school.

Our students are well behaved, friendly, kind and considerate. Parents are fully supportive of the Academy and express significantly high levels of satisfaction in how we provide for their children. Indeed, 98% of parents would recommend this Academy to another parent.

We expect the very highest standards from our students and our strong school systems ensure that students are provided with a safe and friendly environment where teachers teach and learners learn. Outstanding levels of pastoral care, delivered through our unique House system, and a diverse curriculum offer, ensure equality and opportunity for all. Since becoming an Academy, we have secured outstanding improvements in attendance because our students like coming to our school.

Beyond the classroom, we offer an extensive range of enrichment activity, which allow students to develop new skills and interests. Our links with the community are firmly established and through effective partnership work we are able to provide our students with an impressive array of opportunities locally, nationally and internationally.

In September 2013, we took our successes, aspirations and vibrant learning culture into a brand new, £20 million, state-of-the-art learning environment which includes 60 brand new classrooms with flexible learning spaces; a 400-seat theatre in our new Performing Arts Centre; Learning Resource Centre; outstanding sports facilities; new science labs; drama and dance studios; music rehearsal rooms; media suites; a Sixth Form Centre; art studios; and technology workshops. In addition to this, the Academy has invested £1.7 million into ICT which will transform the learning experiences of all students.

Whilst these words provide a flavour of what we are about, there is no substitute for a visit to the Academy.

We actively encourage parents to visit us during the day to witness the Academy in action. You won’t be disappointed with what you see!

Thank you for showing an interest in our Academy.

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