Lydiard Park Academy in Grange Park has been recognised as a high-performing school and has joined Leading Edge, a national network of secondary and special schools, with the presentation of an Educational Outcomes Award.
All Leading Edge schools, which is run by the Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT) must demonstrate statistically significant levels of progress and show that their students perform above the national average. It supports schools in working in partnership to raise achievement, develop innovative practice and share practical strategies within and beyond the network.
The academy’s national recognition following it’s exceptional 2015 performance. Educational outcomes data analysis from SSAT shows that the school is in the top 20 per cent nationally for progress made by pupils between their key stage 2 results at primary school and their key stage 4 results.
The school’s SSAT Educational Outcomes award was presented at a celebration event held on 2 May to draw attention to the work of high-achieving, improving and innovating schools and teachers.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said: “It’s my great pleasure to commend Lydiard Park Academy on their excellent 2015 performance, and to have the opportunity to highlight and share their great work at the SSAT Educational Outcomes celebration evening. I have the privilege of visiting a lot of schools and I am always impressed by the creativity of teachers in engaging and inspiring their students.
“I hope that SSAT’s Educational Outcomes award will highlight the professionalism, commitment and hard work of the leaders, teachers and students at Lydiard Park Academy. Recognising and sharing successes like this is at the heart of SSAT’s mission, so I’m delighted to congratulate Lydiard Park Academy on their achievement.”
Lydiard Park Academy principal Clive Zimmerman expressed delight at the recognition. “This award represents several years of tremendous work by everybody involved with Lydiard Park Academy who are committed to making the learning experience the very best possible for the young people attending the school.
“I think people are taking notice of LPA because we’ve continued to make ground at a time when the examination regime nationally is being toughened and many schools are finding their results slipping backwards. Because of this, there’s a great deal of interest in what we’ve been doing and people are even more impressed when they realise that we’ve managed to achieve it in spite of some of the lowest funding anywhere in England.
“I think what others take away from LPA is that we have a relentless focus on classroom standards and that we’re always looking for ways that we can improve.”
Pictured top: Clive Zimmerman receiving the award from Sue Williamson of SSAT
• Lydiard Park Academy’s success is represented by record results at GCSE in 2015, with 67 per cent of students achieving 5 or more A* to C grades including English and Math – putting it top of the league table for secondary schools in the Swindon area.
In March 2016 Education Secretary Nicky Morgan visited LPA to confirm that it has become a Multi-Academy Trust. The minister is pictured below with South Swindon MP Robert Buckland, left, Clive Zimmerman and LPA 6th form students. Photo: Richard Wintle of Calyx Read more