Staff and pupils are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter Pin­gle Acad­emy named most im­proved school in county


Burton Mail - - News - By BETH PRIDDING bethany.pridding@reach­ @beth­prid­ding

STAFF and stu­dents at Swadlin­cote’s Pin­gle Acad­emy are “truly cel­e­brat­ing” af­ter the school was named the most im­proved sec­ondary school in Der­byshire.

The news, re­vealed from Govern­ment fig­ures which track schools’ progress, was wel­comed by prin­ci­pal Viv Sharples who praised the teach­ers and stu­dents for the ex­tra work they put in.

Many pupils at­tend ex­tra lessons at the end of the aca­demic day and on Satur­days, and also go to hol­i­day re­vi­sion classes.

Mrs Sharples said: “This im­prove­ment is down to the ded­i­ca­tion of our stu­dents, who en­gage in lessons and will­ingly at­tend les­son six, which is an ex­tra pe­riod af­ter the acad­emy day from Mon­day to Fri­day.

“They also en­joy Satur­day and hol­i­day booster re­vi­sion ses­sions, where they deepen their knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing and do prac­tice exam ques­tions.

“Teach­ers give gen­er­ously of their time to sup­port stu­dents and, in turn, stu­dents feel val­ued and sup­ported. Par­ents and car­ers also show sup­port for their chil­dren and the acad­emy.

“It is this team ap­proach which has brought about these im­prove­ments, and, as an acad­emy, we are truly cel­e­brat­ing.

“I am ex­tremely for­tu­nate to have such an un­der­stand­ing group of staff at the Pin­gle Acad­emy.”

Deb Hol­land, as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal, said: “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted at the news that we have been con­firmed as the most im­proved school in Der­byshire in 2018 in terms of the progress stu­dents make.

“This suc­cess has not come about by ac­ci­dent.

“We have been on a jour­ney to this point, a jour­ney start­ing when Mrs Sharples came to the helm.

“From this point we have seen the build­ing of an acad­emy to one where Pin­gle is at the heart of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“The vi­sion for con­stant im­prove­ment has been a team ef­fort where staff, stu­dents, par­ents and car­ers, as well as the wider com­mu­nity, have played their part.”

Der­byshire County Coun­cil praised the school’s staff and man­agers for their achieve­ment in im­prov­ing out­comes for pupils.

And Ian McNeilly, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the de Fer­rers Trust, which over­sees the acad­emy, said: “Chil­dren in both their GCSEs or sixth-form sub­jects did far bet­ter in 2018 in terms of progress than any pre­vi­ous year on record.

“It is a trib­ute to the lead­er­ship of Mrs Sharples, her hard-work­ing staff, the sup­port of Trust staff mem­bers and, of course, the chil­dren.

“2018 was a bril­liant year for Pin­gle and it will, hope­fully, serve as a plat­form for even fur­ther im­prove­ments in years to come.”

Mrs Sharples said a re­cent study showed that South Der­byshire is among the least so­cially mo­bile ar­eas in Eng­land, and was ranked 311th out of 324.

In an at­tempt to com­bat this, the acad­emy works closely with South Der­byshire District Coun­cil and the Der­byshire and Not­ting­hamshire Col­lab­o­ra­tive Out­reach Pro­gramme, which pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties and fund­ing to sup­port pupils.

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