Funding of Academies - Children, Schools and Families Committee Contents


Memorandum submitted by the Anti-Academies Alliance

ACADEMY PERFORMANCE

  Much is made of the rising success of Academies.

In 2009 Ed Balls boasted that the Academies GCSE results that June showed a 5% improvement on 2008. When challenged to produce the results that proved that we were told we had to wait for the official release of the results in January 2010.

When the 2009 GCSE results were officially released in January 2010 our analysis of the results showed that while Ed Ball's headline figure may be true, it hid some other disturbing information.

  122 Academies entered their pupils for GCSEs in 2009.

  Of these 74 have now entered pupils for two or more years.

  Of these 74, 32% (24 Academies) saw their results fall (appendix A) and 59% (44 Academies) are in the National Challenge (Appendix B).

  Of the 122 Academies which entered their pupils for GCSEs in 2009, 36% are in the national challenge.

SELECTION OF ACADEMY SPONSORS

  The government have a new Accreditation procedure. It requires a number of conditions to be met to allow sponsors to be automatically accredited. This includes:

    "Proposals should demonstrate evidence of strong academic performance, and value added.

    This might be demonstrated through:

    Evidence that the percentage of pupils gaining five A*-C including English and maths has improved since opening by at least four percentage points on average for each year it has been open."

  Of the 74 Academies that have entered pupils for exams for two or more years, just 29 would pass this test.

  There is no identifiable procedure for sponsors to withdraw from Academies. As the years go by this will become a factor, as sponsors may wish to withdraw.

  So far the only Sponsor to have withdrawn was Amey Plc, from Unity City Academy, Middlesbrough.

  When Amey took over the school Brian Staples, Chief Executive of The Academy's sponsor Amey plc told the press:

    "For us, Unity City Academy is our opportunity to contribute to innovation and leadership in learning—and a strong signal of our commitment to supporting public services in Middlesbrough and the North East".

  The Unity City Academy funding agreement 2002, clause 82 states:

    "Either party may give seven years written notice of its intention to terminate this agreement, such notice to expire on 31 August in any year".

  Amey Plc gave no such notice, and were not held to the seven year agreement.

  When selecting sponsors for Academies, how is the DCSF checking their long term commitment to becoming a sponsor, and what penalties exist if they walk away as Amey Plc has done?

  West Sussex County Council withheld statistics showing the scale of opposition to the setting up of an Academy-style school. The county council was forced to make the figures public this week under Freedom of Information legislation.

  They relate to its final public consultation in 2008 on school reorganisation and the proposal for a new Academy.

  The statistics show 265 out of 317 responses were opposed to an Academy. This included 93 of the 99 school governors in the Rother Valley who took part.

  This reinforces the deep cynicism that exists amongst the public towards the Academy process, and the disregarding of consultation about both the Academy proposals, and the Academy sponsors.

March 2010

APPENDIX A

ACADEMIES WITH FALLING GCSE RESULTS
Institution name % of KS4 pupils
achieving
Level 2
threshold
including
English and
mathematics—
2005
% of KS4 pupils
achieving
Level 2
threshold
including
English and
mathematics—
2006
% of KS4 pupils
achieving
Level 2
threshold
including
English and
mathematics—
2007
% of KS4 pupils
achieving
Level 2
threshold
including
English and
mathematics—
2008
% of pupils
achieving
Level 2
threshold
including A*-C
in both English
and maths
GCSE—2009
% Change
2008 to 2009

Landau Forte College
6668 54-14
Bristol; Brunel Academy 3525-10
William Hulme's Grammar School 9385-8
Grace Academy Solihull 1928 20-8
Paddington Academy 2541 34-7
The King's Academy0.23 0.230.3445 38-7
Bacon's College 6053-7
John Madejski Academy 723 18-5
North Liverpool Academy 2636 31-5
St Pauls Academy39 516156 -5
Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College 918994 90-4
Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich 3242 38-4
David Young Community Academy- 2132 29-3
North Oxfordshire Academy 2825-3
City of London Academy (Southwark) 41 38-3
Harris Academy at Peckham0.18 232429 26-3
Stockport Academy 2725-2
Spires Academy 3230-2
Marsh Academy 3230-2
West London Academy0.11 25253231 -1
Macmillan Academy67 716968 -1
Walthamstow Academy 2832 31-1
the Marlow Academy5 71312 -1
London Academy0.2432 393635 -1



APPENDIX B

ACADEMIES IN NATIONAL CHALLENGE
Institution name% of KS4 pupils
achieving
Level 2
threshold
including
English and
mathematics—
2005
% of KS4 pupils
achieving
Level 2
threshold
including
English and
mathematics—
2006
% of KS4 pupils
achieving
Level 2
threshold
including
English and
mathematics—
2007
% of KS4 pupils
achieving
Level 2
threshold
including
English and
mathematics—
2008
% of pupils
achieving
Level 2
threshold
including A*-C
in both English
and maths
GCSE—2009

Excelsior Academy
12
The Marlow Academy0.05 0.070.1312
Merchants' Academy 17
Academy 360 17
Oxford Academy 18
John Madejski Academy 723 18
The Barnsley Academy 0.214 19
New Line Learning Academy 1319
Grace Academy Solihull 1928 20
The Academy of St Francis of Assisi 171615 21
Corby Business Academy 21
Oasis Academy Brightstowe 22
Oasis Academy Bristol 22
St Matthew Academy 2323
Unity City Academy0.06 140.1218 23
Darwen Aldridge Community Academy 23
Sheffield Springs Academy 2022 23
Bradford Academy 1824
Samworth Church Academy 25
Bristol Brunel Academy 3525
Sheffield Park Academy 0.190.22 25
Hereford Academy 25
North Oxfordshire Academy 2825
Stockport Academy 2725
Swindon Academy 926
Oasis Academy Lord's Hill 26
Oasis Academy Wintringham 2226
Stockley Academy0.0916 251826
Harris Academy at Peckham0.18 232429 26
St Michael and All Angels C of E Academy 2527
Folkestone Academy 1427
West Lakes Academy 25
Richard Rose Central Academy 27
Priory City of Lincoln Academy 28
Richard Rose Morton Academy 28
St Marks Church of England Academy 2022 28
Archbishop Sentamu Academy 28
RSA Academy 29
Grace Academy Coventry 29
David Young Community Academy 2132 29
Oasis Academy Immingham 1530
Shelfield Community Academy 30
Spires Academy 0.3230
Marsh Academy 3230






 
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