Academies: Stafford

Department for Education written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Jeremy Lefroy Jeremy Lefroy Conservative, Stafford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of (a) trends in the take-up of academy places and (b) the performance of academies in Stafford constituency.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

The number of pupils on roll in academies in the Stafford Constituency from January 2012 to January 2015 was as follows:

2012

2013

2014

2015

The Weston Road Academy

824

819

797

813

The Rural Enterprise Academy

N/A

40

84

94

Rowley Park Primary Academy

N/A

N/A

N/A

161

John Wheeldon Primary Academy

N/A

N/A

N/A

428

Source: School Census, January 2012 to 2015

The percentage of pupils achieving level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths at key stage 2 in 2015 (the first year for which the academies had results) for primary academies in Stafford constituency was as follows:

2015

Rowley Park Primary Academy

83%

John Wheeldon Primary Academy

62%

Source: School Performance Tables

The percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and maths GCSEs at key stage 4 in 2014 to 2015 of the secondary academies in Stafford constituency was as follows:

2014

2015

The Rural Enterprise Academy

22%

40%

The Weston Road Academy

55%

51%

Source: School Performance Tables

The Weston Road Academy also has a Sixth Form where 79% of pupils passed at least 3 A-Levels (A*-E) in 2015.

Data for key stage 4 for years before 2014 are not comparable due to reforms to qualifications, notably the removal of many previous equivalent vocational qualifications and counting only the first attempt at a qualification in the performance tables in English Baccalaureate subjects.

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