Secondary Success for GSA

George Spencer Academy (GSA) has been recognised as the ‘second’ best state-funded secondary school in the region.

In the Real Schools Guide 2018 rankings, compiled by Reach, George Spencer was scored just behind the prosperous West Bridgford School. A total of sixty-three schools were scored in the rankings, which covered both Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

The rankings were based on an aggregate score derived from 51 separate assessment categories, including GCSE results, Attainment 8 scores, Progress 8 scores, pupil-teacher ratio and absence rates.

Detailed scores for the schools assessed can be found here.

The scoring pushed George Spencer Academy into the top ten percent of secondary schools nationwide. Ofsted rated as ‘Outstanding,’ GSA was given the highest possible score for attainment and for pupil progress during their time in school.

In 2017 77% of pupils at GSA achieved at least 5 A* to C or 9 to 4 grade GCSES including English and Maths at 9 to 4. Nationally 61% of pupils achieved comparable grades.

Principal Andrew Field said that the rankings recognised the hard work of GSA staff and of students, who have sat over 3,300 exams in recent weeks.

Mr Field said, “We have fantastic staff at George Spencer – many of whom started their careers in our teacher training institute and will spend a significant part of their career with us.

“Since 2015 teachers from GSA have played a huge role in establishing The Spencer Academies Trust; supporting primary and secondary schools across the East Midlands to improve their attainment in turn.

“To be able to share the model that has worked so well at George Spencer while only becoming stronger here is a testament to how hard GSA staff and students have worked. I sincerely hope both students and colleagues will now be able to get a good break over the summer, returning refreshed and ready to learn.”