Academy Celebrates Remarkable Progress In SATs At Year 6 Awards Day

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The Reynolds Academy Year 6 Awards winners with Chair of Governors, Jane Aukett.


Reynolds Academy is today celebrating a remarkable rise in its reading results following the 2018 Year 6 SATs tests, despite another increase in the pass mark.

Progress made by the pupils since the Academy joined Tollbar Multi Academy Trust five years ago was set out for parents at Reynolds Academy's Year 6 Awards Day. 72.4% of the cohort achieved the national standard in reading in 2018, an increase of 12% on last year.

Achievement in Maths continued to rise also, with 75.9% of pupils achieving the national standard, up almost 2% on 2018. This compares to 64.3% in 2016.

Spelling and Grammar results (SPAG) were outstanding, with 82.8% of children achieving the national standard, up from 81% last year and 73.2% in 2016.

Andy Clark, Reynolds Academy Principal, said: "Reading has been our main focus this year and these scores are tremendous. Our Spelling and Grammar results have always stunned me because these young people are asked to identify features such as relative pronouns; subordinate clauses; suffixes and the present progressive! Amazingly, 82.8% of the cohort achieved the national standard, which is nearly 5% above the national average.

"What really matters, however, is Progress – for every individual, have they done as well as they could have done. In Writing, we were at the national expectations for Progress, which is good, but in Reading and Maths we surpassed the national expectations, which indicates that our pupils have made better than expected progress from the time they left Year 2 to completing Year 6.


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Award winners Alfie Hine, Isaac Morrison-Swallow and Scarlet Drinkell with their trophies.


"What was particularly pleasing was the 'combined figure,' a key indicator used by the Government and Ofsted – those achieving the national standard in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. This was achieved by 64% of the cohort, a rise of 12% on the 2017 results; a figure that puts the academy in line with national expectations."

Mr Clark was keen to show that Academic Achievement and Progress is only part of the Academy's ethos for pupils, stressing that the Year 6 awards are about celebrating achievements in all areas of life.

"Even if you don't win an individual award today, everyone will receive a gift to celebrate a wonderful year group. Everyone in Year 6 has achieved and everyone has made progress and you should all be recognised and commended for that." he added.

Sixteen Trophies were awarded to Year 6 pupils in a number of categories, including Achievement and Progress in the recent SATs tests; Effort; Sport; Art; Music; and Overall Contribution To The Academy.

The trophies were presented by Reynolds Academy Chair of Governors, Jane Aukett, who said: "I am amazingly proud of everyone at this academy. It is only when you come to the end of the year that you see whether what everyone has done has been effective. As governors, we make decisions, but it is the dedication and hard work of the staff, children and parents that has made this academy so successful."

The winner of the Greatest Overall Contribution to the Academy was Isaac Morrison-Swallow, who Mr Clark described as "full of life and energy and invaluable in helping with events around the school. A very worthy winner."

He said: "I have been so happy here. I cannot believe I have won this trophy, I am really proud."


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The winner of the Greatest Contribution to Reynolds Academy is Isaac Morrison-Swallow.


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SPAG Trophy winner - Brendan Culshaw.


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Greatest Achievement in Music winner - Holly Rowntree.


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Sports Leadership Award - Charlie Brown.


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Best Progress in Writing winner - Alice Fawcett.


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Achievement in Art winner - Elliott Johnson.


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Greatest Achievement in Sport (Boys) - Harry Wynne.


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Greatest Achievement in Sport (Girls) - Charlie Welburn.


The Year 6 Award Winners were:

Best Reading Results (Sats) - Scarlet Drinkell and Arun Thirumaran.

SPAG Trophy winner - Brendan Culshaw.

Best Writing Result - Jessica Roche.

Best Mathematics Result – Scarlet Drinkell.

Best Progress in Mathematics - Alfie Hine.

Best Progress in Writing - Alice Fawcett.

Best Progress in Reading - Alfie Hine.

Greatest Effort Tucana House - Lily-May Perkins.

Greatest Effort Orion House - Leo Elliott-Wingate.

Greatest Effort Equuleus House - Alisha-Jo Bellamy.

Greatest Achievement in Music - Holly Rowntree.

Achievement in Art - Elliott Johnson.

Greatest Achievement in Sport (Boys) - Harry Wynne.

Greatest Achievement in Sport (Girls) - Charlie Welburn.

Sports Leadership Award - Charlie Brown.

Greatest Overall Contribution to the Academy - Isaac Morrison-Swallow.

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Reynolds Academy Principal

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David J Hampson
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