Co-op Academy is the Top Ranked Non-Selective School in Stoke-on-Trent
The final school league tables were published on 24th January and the academy is celebrating being confirmed as the top-ranked non-selective school in Stoke-on-Trent. In an article in The Sentinel newspaper today, the academy is praised for its excellent GCSE results. The proportion of students across Stoke-on-Trent achieving grade 5 or above in maths and English rose by 0.7 per cent in 2018. And our students made more progress than any other non-selective school in the city.
Our 2018 results marked another fantastic year for the academy as this was the best year for GCSEs ever.
We are now one of the top schools in the city for pupil progress after major improvements in maths in 2018.
Principal Nick Lowry said: “It isn’t a one-year fix. We have steadily over a period of years and we now provide an excellent level of education across all subjects. We’ve invested more resources and have more specialist teaching staff. It’s down to the hard work and support of the staff and students. We are so pleased that we are now being recognised for years of improvement.”
We are also part of the city’s maths excellence partnership, which has seen our students attend master classes to stretch their skills. Mrs Godwin has also become a maths leader for the city.
The article also highlights some of the successes of current and former students. Former student Humaira went on to achieve three grade 7s, five 6s and three 5s in her GCSEs at Co-op Academy last summer.
The 16-year-old, from Cobridge, said: “At the maths club, we worked with different schools. I enjoyed it. The school did a lot to help.”
Naqeeb Afzal, another former student, is most proud of his grade 9 in RE – the new super-grade awarded to the brightest teenagers.
The 16-year-old, who also lives in Cobridge, said: “I was ecstatic. The new GCSEs were a lot more challenging. But I improved a lot, particularly in maths. I was getting grade 3s or failing in maths until my teacher told me I could do better – I ended up with a 5.”
Humaira and Naqeeb are just two success stories of many from last year’s results, with our current Year 11s, including Deacon and Shaimaa, ready to follow suit and enjoy more progress.