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. The 2016 GCSE results give Holbrook Academy a score of +0.25, meaning that our students, on average, ‘over-performed’ by a quarter of a grade across their 8 subjects. 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.