North East schools display worst Progress 8 scores nationally

The Government has published a full list of Progress 8 scores for the first time.

The North East’s Progress 8 score for 2015/16 was -0.16, the lowest of all the English regions.

English regions, highest to lowest Progress 8 scores:
London 0.16
East 0.03
South East 0.02
Yorkshire & Humber -0.04
South West -0.05
West Midlands -0.07
East Midlands -0.14
North West -0.15
North East -0.16

According to the Department for Education statistics published yesterday morning, all 12 Local Authority areas in the region posted negative Progress 8 scores, with North Tyneside the highest (-0.04) and Darlington registering the lowest score in the North East (-0.40). This is also the second worst score in the country, after Knowsley (-0.88). The national average score was -0.03.

North East local authorities, highest to lowest Progress 8 scores:
North Tyneside -0.04
Newcastle upon Tyne -0.10
Middlesbrough -0.11
County Durham -0.13
Northumberland -0.14
Gateshead -0.15
South Tyneside -0.15
Stockton-on-Tees -0.17
Sunderland -0.17
Redcar and Cleveland -0.30
Hartlepool -0.33
Darlington -0.40

At an individual school level, four North East schools were “well above average” (in the top 10%) and a further 27 in the “above average” category.

School Local Authority Description P8 Score
1 Our Lady & St Bede Catholic Academy Stockton-on-Tees Well above average 0.67
2 Outwood Academy Acklam Middlesbrough Well above average 0.64
3 Acklam Grange School Middlesbrough Well above average 0.6
4 Emmanuel College Gateshead Well above average 0.53
5 St Cuthbert’s High School Newcastle Above average 0.48
6 Churchill Community College North Tyneside Above average 0.48
7 Bede Academy Northumberland Above average 0.47
8 St Mary’s Catholic School Newcastle Above average 0.44
9 Excelsior Academy Newcastle Above average 0.44
10 Gosforth Academy Newcastle Above average 0.41
11 Whitburn CofE Academy South Tyneside Above average 0.37
12 Sacred Heart Catholic High School Newcastle Above average 0.35
13 Dene Community School Durham Above average 0.35
14 Parkside Academy Durham Above average 0.34
15 Queen Elizabeth High Northumberland Above average 0.32
16 Marden High School North Tyneside Above average 0.32
17 Sedgefield Community College Durham Above average 0.32
18 Thornhill School Business & Enterprise Sunderland Above average 0.29
19 Ferryhill Business Enterprise College Durham Above average 0.29
20 Monkwearmouth Academy Sunderland Above average 0.28
21 Outwood Academy Bydales Redcar & Cleveland Above average 0.28
22 King James I Academy Bishop Auckland Durham Above average 0.26
23 The Academy at Shotton Hall Durham Above average 0.25
24 Carmel College Darlington Above average 0.25
25 Easington Academy Durham Above average 0.24
26 Whitley Bay High School North Tyneside Above average 0.23
27 Cardinal Hume Catholic School Gateshead Above average 0.23
28 St Wilfrid’s RC College South Tyneside Above average 0.21
29 Prudhoe Community High School Northumberland Above average 0.18
30 St Leonard’s RC Comprehensive Durham Above average 0.17
31 Ian Ramsey CofE Academy Stockton-on-Tees Above average 0.16

When looking at Progress 8 results, it’s worth noting that 36.2% of North East pupils were entered for the EBacc – this is the lowest percentage across the country. Out of these, only 21.8% of the North East achieved the EBacc, which is the second lowest of the English regions after Yorksire and the Humber.

The North East recorded one of the biggest increases in Attainment 8 scores per pupil – a rise of 1.5, compared with 0.8 nationally – but the region is still the lowest performing overall at 48.5.

The Department for Education tables and statistics can be found here.

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