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Introducing the AET A Level High Achievers

posted by Richard Sparks   [ updated ]

Across the AET academies there were many outstanding individual student achievements. Joe Rackham at Tendring Techniology College in Essex achieved top grade A*s in all four subjects: maths, further maths, computer science and history. Joe is now looking forward to attending Imperial College London to study computer science and said: “This is really unexpected. I guess all the late nights were worthwhile!”

Alexi Russell’s hard work and determination has seen him achieve the grades he needed to attend Fitzwilliam College Cambridge to study History. Alexi commented: “I am just a bit shell shocked and I am thankful that I had so much help from everyone at TTC.”

At Richmond Park Academy in West London Hillary Simpson achieved an A* and two B's and will be moving on to the University of Warwick to study Law. Hillary said: “The Academy has supported me on my academic journey and the guidance that they have given me since I arrived here to undertake my A-Levels has been brilliant."

Charlotte Hall at Richmond Park matched Joe's stunning scores of 4 A*s and her subjects were Spanish, creative writing and art. Charlotte returned from teaching English in Ghana to pick up her results and was delighted she had. She will now read Comparative Literature at University College, London.


Her colleague Sophie Heath gained 3 A*s in Creative Writing, English and history and an A in Psychology. Sophie was overwhelmed with her results which have opened up a number of new opportunities. Following her fantastic grades she will be re-applying for university places in order to study English in 2018. In the meantime, reading and travelling will be at the top of her “to do” list.

Top achievers at Kingsley Academy in west London include Shifa Batliwala who gained 2 A* and an A; Anamaria Dragulin 2 A* and a B; Patryk Dziatkiewicz A* and 2 As, Barbara Moura A* and 2 As and Kamran Waheed A*, A and B . Head Girl Amber Tulett, was thrilled to gain the results to allow her to access her longed for teacher training course at Roehampton University and declared that Kingsley had been "well worth the 7 years!”.

At Clacton Coastal Academy (CCA) Jack Carpentiere achieved best results and improvement since his GCSEs and completes his sixth form studies with an impressive 3 A grades and an A* grade. Jack has achieved this through hard work and determination, overcoming challenges along the way and has been a great support to other students during revision, giving up his own time to support others. He is moving on to the University of Sussex to study Criminology and Sociology.

A former head boy at CCA, Ben Rockell has gained an A*, 2As and 1B and has been accepted at the University of Warwick to study History and Politics. Other notable performances are from Henry Bartlett with 2A s and a C and Chloe Franklin with A*, 2Bs, C and a Distinction in performing arts.

High flyers 

Among the high-fliers at Sandown Bay Academy on the Isle of Wight are Juliette Wrixon who is off to Cambridge University to study Engineering; Lily Wyatt who is heading to Imperial College London to study Biological Sciences with Research Abroad; and Theo Vickers who is heading to Plymouth University to study Marine Biology and Oceanography.

At Witham Sixth Form Centre in Essex soon-to-be Bank of England apprentice James Collier achieved two A*s and two As.

We wish all our A level students every success in their future careers and sincerely thank their teachers and support staff for enabling them to achieve such high standards.

Congratulations to AET’s Key Stage 5 students

posted by Richard Sparks   [ updated ]

We are delighted to recognise the achievements of students across AET’s academies at A-level and equivalent vocational qualifications. Results across AET’s 18 academies offering post-16 education have taken a small but distinct step forward, in line with national trends. Results at the top end are particularly encouraging in both A level and vocational qualifications, with 55% of entries achieving an A*- B grade (compared to 43% in 2016).



Difference in % points

% of A*- B grades (including equivalents)




% of A*- C grades (including equivalents)




Average pass rate




Beverley Perin, Director of Challenge and Intervention, said:

‘In a year where national results look to have edged forward, we’re very pleased that AET has contributed to this trend and, indeed, shown above average improvement. Some of our academies, and many of our students, have achieved really outstanding results and we are very proud of them. We wish all our students the very best as they move on to new destinations.’

Individual success stories can be found here.

Improved Key Stage 2 results for The Academies Enterprise Trust

posted Jul 10, 2017, 9:11 AM by Google Google   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 9:17 AM ]

We are delighted to announce that provisional results for Key Stage 2 schools released by Government last week show standards rising in for attainment at KS2 in 2017 in all areas.  More than three-quarters (78%) of AET’s 32 primary schools had improved performance from last year.  The percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics (RWM) rose by 11 percentage points from 47% to 58%, and more AET schools recorded RWM combined scores that are significantly above the national average of 61%.















Julian Drinkall, CEO said ‘I congratulate our pupils for some excellent results, and send special best wishes to our Year Sixes as they make the exciting transition from Year Six to Seven.  I also wish to extend a huge thank you to our staff for their dedication and commitment to our children's success.  I look forward to us all working together to raise educational standards to even higher levels next year.’

AET Financial Notice to Improve is lifted

posted Jul 10, 2017, 9:10 AM by Google Google   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 9:12 AM ]

AET today warmly welcomed the news that the Education and Skills Funding Agency has lifted the Financial Notice to Improve which was imposed on the organisation in October 2014.  The measure was intended to improve the financial management, control and governance at the Trust.

AET has seen a significant amount of change in the last year, including the appointment of a new Chair, Jack Boyer OBE in June 2016, and a new CEO, Julian Drinkall, from January 2017.  Under this new leadership the Trust has developed a comprehensive turnaround strategy which was agreed with the Department for Education (DfE) earlier this year, and which embraces financial performance, educational improvement and portfolio realignment.

The lifting of the Financial Notice to Improve is an indication of confidence in the financial and operational processes now in place, around a realigned portfolio of schools.  In terms of educational performance, the provisional results from primary schools released last week show 40%  of AET’s primary academies above the national average, while more than three-quarters (78%) of the schools showed an improvement from last year.  

Meanwhile AET is currently engaged in a number of discussions with the DfE regarding its portfolio of academies.  Two schools are already in the process of being rebrokered (Everest Community Academy in Basingstoke, and Cordeaux Academy in Louth, Lincolnshire) while a small number of further schools are expected to follow in the Autumn.  AET is also currently engaged in a consultation on the Isle of Wight, regarding proposals to amalgamate Sandown Bay and Ryde Academies, both of which form part of the AET Group.

These portfolio changes will allow AET to focus its resources and attention on those schools where the organisation can most add value, and to expand in areas of strength.  The organisation is already exploring opportunities to bring in some new primary academies, and to strengthen further its academic provision.

Jack Boyer OBE, Chair of AET, said ‘AET is totally committed to improving the educational outcomes for pupils, and we will continue to work closely with the National Schools Commissioner and his team to achieve this.  The new Trustees and senior directors we are bringing into the organisation will also help drive this educational performance of our schools.   Lifting the FNTI is another step in the building of a stronger, growth-oriented AET.’

Steph Ends Illustrious Football Career To Excel As A Teacher

posted Jun 19, 2017, 2:11 AM by Nicholas Basson   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 2:11 AM ]


Steph Ends Illustrious Football Career To Excel As A Teacher. A leading ladies sportswoman has called time on her career in top flight football to concentrate her efforts as a PE teacher in a Middlesbrough academy. 

Stephanie Bannon gained a sports science degree before jumping at the chance to become a PE teacher at Unity City Academy. She has enjoyed a 15 year association with the Lady Black Cats (Sunderland Ladies) as a defender. Her most enduring memories have included an FA Cup Final appearance in 2009 where she suffered the agony of a last minute Arsenal winning goal when her team was in the second flight. 

Then in 2014 she captained her side to a place in the Women's Super League and in this, her final season, Sunderland Ladies gained a highly creditable fifth place just below the big three clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City, and long time leaders Liverpool. 

Steph told BBC Look North: "I chose to become a teacher because I love it, I love teaching the kids. I've had a great career in football and now it's time for me to excel at being a teacher. "

Consultation opens for planned amalgamation of IoW schools

posted May 25, 2017, 3:59 AM by Google Google   [ updated May 25, 2017, 4:00 AM ]


A consultation document (attached below) on the proposed amalgamation of Ryde Academy and Sandown Bay Academy has just been published.

It includes the background for the planned changes and the ways in which interested parties can raise issues and express their views. The consultation period will end on Thursday 6 July 2017.

An online questionnaire can be found on this link:


International School Award Success for Aylward Academy

posted Apr 21, 2017, 6:51 AM by Nicholas Basson   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 6:51 AM ]

Aylward Academy in Edmonton, north London, has been awarded foundation level of the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.

Aylward Academy contributes in Partner School Science Programme which aims to increase students’ interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and gives its students a platform to transfer and share their skills and knowledge with their counterparts in their sister school in Izmir Turk College.  Students enjoy participating in this project which is designed and taught out of the usual curriculum that gives them an opportunity to extend their knowledge in science, astronomy and on global cultures.
At the end of the project students are rewarded with a trip to Space Camp Turkey, where students are given opportunities to use simulators and take part in activities such as team building, rocket and hot air balloon construction and speaking to Astronaut Sunita Williams.

Remo Iafrate, Principal at Aylward Academy, said:“This award is a wonderful accolade for the school. It reflects both the wonderful diversity in Aylward Academy and our forward and outward looking ethos.

"This award is a platform for further work with the wider community at a local, national and international level.”

Author Dan Unveils 'A Whole New World' For Monty's Young Book Lovers

posted Mar 10, 2017, 12:48 AM by Nicholas Basson   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 6:46 AM ]

Leading children's author, Dan Freedman, was the very special guest at the official opening of our superb new library at Montgomery Primary Academy in Birmingham.

Taking just eight months to build, the new facility makes the maximum use of natural daylight with a specially constructed glass wall. In a prime location close to the main school entrance, the new library area has transformed a former caretaker's living area and offers twice the number of books available from the former library which was so small that pupils were rationed to fortnightly visits.

Dan Freedman is a former journalist who worked for The Football Association for seven years. During that time he travelled around the world with the England squad, edited Wembley Cup Final programmes and interviewed soccer superstars like David Beckham, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Dan left the FA in 2007 to pursue a career as a children's novelist on football stories. He has written eight best selling books, all in the Jamie Johnson series about an outstanding boy footballer who had to overcome major obstacles, both on and off the pitch, to pursue his ambition of becoming a top professional footballer. Jamie's stories have also been televised on CBBC.

Before cutting the ribbon Dan told pupils: " Your new library will improve your lives. Through reading and enjoying books you will be more calm and relaxed, which will reduce your blood pressure and make you healthier. You will probably make more friends, because when you read about the characters and the stories it will help you to understand different people's lives and the way they try and overcome their obstacles. This room, this new library, is a whole new world for you!"

Dan then moved on to be interviewed live on Monty's Voice; the school's own radio station run by the pupils. He told his young

interviewers: "I feel elated, excited, stimulated, proud and privileged to be here. We have just opened your brand new library which was a terrific moment."

As well as being light, bright and inspiring, the new library offers twice as many book titles as the old one, which was kept open by support staff. A permanent librarian has been appointed who shares her working week with time spent at Montgomery's Birmingham partner school, Percy Shurmer Academy.

Assistant Head Teacher at Montgomery, Nasra Hussein writes: "The library is part of our whole school project on reading. As a 'Talk for Writing Training School,' we understand the value of reading in the curriculum and place a high emphasis on quality stories and texts to develop children's reading and writing skills.

"We have over-hauled the reading curriculum through a whole school action research project, led by the Literacy leaders and team members.

"Children are now taught reading in whole classes; we've re-launched home reading, renewed incentives, increased the amount of independent reading time in the curriculum and developed the range of reading interventions available to the children. This library will be the hub for the school, promoting reading for pleasure and engagement."


Our Academies Shine Brightly At 2017 Essex Teacher Awards

posted Feb 13, 2017, 2:08 AM by rmatheson@academiesenterprisetrust.org   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 6:35 AM ]

Outstanding AET teachers and academy support staff have been recognised at the 2017 Essex Teaching Awards.

The Essex County Council-run event celebrates excellence in education and highlights the outstanding work of teachers and other staff in the county’s schools.

This year’s AET award winners were:
Secondary Headteacher of the Year Award –
Winner: Emma Baker (Maltings Academy, Witham)
Highly Commended: Damian Lee (New Rickstones Academy, Witham).
Primary School Teacher of the Year Award –
Highly Commended: Sara Haines (Hamford Primary Academy, Frinton).
Secondary School Teacher of the Year Award –
Highly Commended: Jamie Benson (Greensward Academy, Hockley)
Highly Commended: Lucinda Craker (Maltings Academy, Witham).
Teaching Assistant of the Year Award –
Highly Commended: Ian Webdale (Maltings Academy, Witham).

Our sincere congratulations to Emma, Damian, Sara, Jamie, Lucinda and Ian and we wish Emma every success when she competes in the Regional Final of the 2017 Pearson Teaching Awards.
In a county with well over 550 schools it was a remarkable achievement to gain one outright winner and five highly commended awards in the eleven separate categories.

"Emma Baker receiving her Award from Clare Kershaw, Director for Commissioning, Education and Lifelong Learning, Essex County Council."

New CEO for AET

posted Jan 3, 2017, 2:17 AM by Nicholas Basson   [ updated Jan 3, 2017, 2:18 AM ]

We are pleased to announce that with effect from today (3 January 2017) Julian Drinkall has taken up his position as Chief Executive of AET.

This follows earlier announcements that Ian Comfort would be standing down from the organisation.

Our thanks go to Ian for his commitment to AET and its aims over the past 4 years.

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