NET 2018 Examination Results
22nd Oct 2018
NET 2018 Examination Results
Despite results nationally in both the primary and secondary phase remaining relatively stable from
last year, students and staff are celebrating the seismic improvements in results for 2018 across the
10 primary and 10 secondary academies sponsored by NET.
At GCSE level, the percentage of students achieving strong passes (grade 5+) in both English and
maths improved by 11 percentage points to 42%. The proportion of students achieving standard
passes (grade 4+) in English and maths improved by 10 percentage points to 60%. Three NET
schools, The Grangefield Academy, Kearsley Academy and Thomas Hepburn Community Academy
improved their English and maths grade 5+ results by 20 percentage points or more; with a further
three, The Blyth Academy, Kirk Balk Academy and Thorp Academy improving by more than 10.
At grade 4+, six NET schools, The Blyth Academy, The Grangefield Academy, Kearsley Academy,
Red House Academy, Thomas Hepburn Academy and Thorp Academy improved by more than 10
percentage points. Early indications show that 5 of the NET secondary schools will be the most
improved school in their local authority area in the two measures of a standard pass and a strong
pass in both English and maths.
In the primary phase, Year 6 children reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths
improved by 12 percentage points to 64%, a significant increase of 28 percentage points since 2016.
Six NET schools, Abbey Park Academy, Frederick Nattrass Primary Academy, Merlin Top Primary
Academy, Norton Primary Academy, The Ferns Primary Academy and The Oak Tree Academy all
reported results above the national average. Additionally, six academies saw improvements in one
year of more than 10 percentage points, with Norton Primary Academy and Merlin Top Primary
Academy improving by 20 or more. Frederick Nattrass Primary Academy is in the top 5% of all
primary schools nationally for maths progress made between the ages of 7 and 11; whilst 6 other
NET primary academies are in the top 25%. In writing, there are also 6 NET primary academies in
the top 25% and there are 3 in the top 25% for reading.
A new Chief Executive, Rob Tarn, was appointed in September 2017, and with the support of the
Trust Board has been instrumental in implementing a new school improvement model to focus on
achieving the very best possible outcomes for students. Rob said "The new NORTHERN model of
school improvement has been rapidly devised and implemented in our academies and the impact
of this model is evidenced in this dramatic improvement in performance. We are proud to take
an inclusive approach to education and it is our ambition that wherever possible all children who
begin their secondary education with us in Year 7 will complete their journey in the same academy.
We share the concerns of Ofsted and others that too many children leave secondary schools late in
their education and before their GCSE examinations. We are proud to say that our wholly inclusive
approach has meant that this is not an issue at NET with the exception of the one permanent
exclusion out of the 1400 final year students. The Trust will maintain a sharp focus on improving
the life chances of young people to secure their post 16 opportunities. The improvements made
this year are the first step in our three-year journey to become a very high performing multi
Les Walton CBE Chair of the Trust added "I believe a key aspect has been the attention on the
individual needs of our children. I am particularly delighted in the way we have supported the
personal and social development of our children. I have a long interest in the pastoral care of
children, being one of the founder members of the National Association of Pastoral Care."
Tom Grieveson Trustee, Chair of Achievement and Climate Committee and former Senior HMI
stated, "'dedication by staff and hard work from students along with the resolute focus on teaching,
learning and the curriculum has underpinned much of this improvement."
David Hall, Chair of Blyth Academy Council said "The last year has been a whirlwind for The Blyth
Academy as a school and the amazing vision and focus of Northern Education Trust has been
pivotal in our transformation which has brought the best GCSE results ever. We've had a 21% rise in
maths alone and 17% rise in maths and English combined."
John Taylor, Chair of Stockton Primary Academy Council (Frederick Nattrass, Oaktree and Norton
Primary) stated "I am delighted with the 2018 results in the three Stockton Primary Academies
which evidence that NET systems are delivering good outcomes."
Northern Education Trust (NET) is a multi-academy trust sponsoring 10 secondary and 10 primary
academies across the north of England and has a growing reputation for developing schools
through its NORTHERN model of school improvement. The impact of the NET vision of 'Outcomes
Focused, Child Centred' is evidenced in the results for both the 2018 primary SATs and the
secondary GCSE results. NET ensures that every decision made is in the interest of children and
young people in order to improve their life chances. Inclusivity is embedded in the NORTHERN
model with mechanisms to support the most vulnerable child to succeed and overcome barriers to
learning. Many academies sponsored by NET operate in areas with a high level of deprivation, with
a high proportion of students eligible for pupil premium.