Holbrook Academy aims to educate in the broadest possible sense.
Our top priority is for the maximum possible progress for each student. That is measured by the total progress all our children make between the time they start with us and the time they leave. That means each child is of equal importance. We are not selective. Subject to the standard admissions policy, any child can come to Holbrook Academy. We are genuinely the school of our community.
The government’s new standard measure for progress achieved by the end of Year 11 is ‘Progress 8’. Progress 8 aims to capture the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school. It is a type of value added measure, which means that pupils’ results are compared to the actual achievements of other pupils with the same prior attainment. Progress 8 is based on a calculation of pupils’ performance across 8 subjects, called Attainment 8. In 2017, this outcome ranked us as the sixth best performing state school in Suffolk.
Holbrook Academy is a relatively small school and this, we believe, is a strength. We can offer a particularly caring and supportive environment in which each child is known and understood as an individual. To encourage and measure this we are introducing better systems for monitoring each child’s ambitions and progress both during their time at Holbrook Academy and beyond. This is our second priority.
These are the measures on which we ask you to judge our performance.
Exam Results 2020
We are delighted to report that 81% of students achieved a grade 4 or above in English and maths and there have been so many individual success stories across all subjects.
As a cohort, they have shown strength of character, resilience and maturity in handling the cancellation of examinations and school closure.
2020 has been a year unlike any other before it and, as such, had a significant impact on Year 11 students at Holbrook Academy, as it did with students up and down the country.
We have been so proud of the mature way in which Year 11 students have conducted themselves since the beginning of lockdown – firstly in accepting the fact that there would be no examinations for them to showcase just how much progress they made here in five years, but also how hard they have worked at home in preparation for life on their Post 16 journeys.
The way in which schools have reported their GCSE results this year has changed in line with government recommendations, but we are thrilled with the dedication to their studies shown by our outgoing Year 11 students over the five years spent with us and can share some of these resultant outcomes below:
- 65% of students were awarded a Grade 4 or higher in English Language or English Literature
- 31% of students were awarded a Grade 4 or higher in mathematics.
- 79% of students were awarded a Grade 4 or higher in both English and maths.
- 63% of students were awarded a Grade 5 or higher in both English and maths.
- 75% of students were awarded a Grade 4 or higher in combined science.
- 85% of students were awarded a Grade 4 or higher in triple sciences.
- 100% of students were awarded a Grade 4 or higher in MFL subjects.
- 56% of students were awarded the Ebacc at Grade 4.
- 95% of students were awarded the Ebacc at Grade 5.
- 87% of students were awarded Grade 8 or 9 in all subjects.
- 74% of students were awarded Grade 7 and above in all subjects.
Department for Education School Performance Tables