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Schools: Academies

Volume 688: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

For each school which was an academy in September 2006, what percentage of pupils achieved five or more GCSE passes at grades A* to C at the academy or its predecessor school in (a) 2001; (b) 2003; (c) 2005; and (d) 2006; and in which year each school became an academy. [HL912]

The details requested above are all available in the table below.

GCSE and equivalent results for Academies and their predecessor schools

Percentage of 15 year-olds achieving 5+A*-C

Academy

Year open

Predecessor School(s)

2001% 5A*-C

2003 % 5A*-C

2005 % 5A*-C

The Business Academy Bexley

2002

Thamesmead Community College

17.0

21.0

29.1

Greig City Academy, Haringey

2002

St David & St Katherine CofE School

29.7

35.0

54.6

Unity City Academy

2002

Keldholme School

16.5

15.7

16.2

2002

Langbaurgh School

11.9

15.7

16.2

Walsall Academy

2003

TP Riley School

13.4

49.4

65.5

Djangoly City Academy Nottingham

2003

Djangoly CTC

51.6

60.2

58.3

2003

Forest Comprehensive School

8.2

 

58.3

West London Academy

2003

Ealing Compton

19.8

37.3

28.2

The City Academy Bristol

2003

St George Community College

22.2

25.8

53.6

Capital City Academy

2003

Willesden High School

13.0

7.1

16.4

The King's Academy

2003

Brackenhoe Comprehensive

18.8

14.5

43.6

2003

Coulby Newham School

26.8

28.1

43.6

The Academy at Peckham

2003

Warwick Park School

20.5

16.2

22.0

City of London Academy

2003

 

 

 

 

Manchester Academy

2003

Ducie High School

14.0

11.5

24.6

Mossbourne Community Academy

2004

 

 

 

 

Lambeth Academy

2004

 

 

 

 

London Academy

2004

Edgware School

21.3

40.1

48.2

Stockley Academy

2004

Evelyns Community School

17.1

13.8

19.8

Northampton Academy

2004

Lings Upper School

20.6

19.4

35.2

Harefield Academy

2005

John Penrose School

22.5

12.5

31.5

Academy St Francis of Assisi

2005

Our Lady's Roman Catholic School

14.9

24.3

26.5

Marlowe Academy

2005

Ramsgate School

4.5

3.9

14.8

Haberdashers' Aske's Academy

2005

Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College

73.1

82.0

81.3

Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy

2005

Malory School

8.8

10.8

8.1

Trinity Academy

2005

Thorne Grammar School

33.0

25.5

35.2

Salford City Academy

2005

Canon Williamson CofE School

21.8

38.8

58.2

Dixons Academy

2005

Dixons CTC

75.3

94.5

98.8

MacMillan Academy

2005

Macmillan College

81.2

93.4

93.3

St Paul's Academy

2005

St Paul's RC VA School

51.5

52.4

61.4

Westminster Academy

2006

North Westminster Community School

26.7

25.8

27.4

The Petchey Academy

2006

 

 

 

 

The John Madejski Academy

2006

Thamesbridge Community College

14.4

11.7

9.6

Sandwell Academy

2006

New School

 

 

 

Paddington Academy

2006

North Westminster Community School

26.7

25.8

27.4

North Liverpool Academy

2006

Anfield School

21.8

25.1

41.7

2006

Breckfield School

29.5

27.6

17.6

Grace Academy

2006

Whitesmore School

20.4

22.1

22.2

David Young Community Academy

2006

Agnes Stewart

11.9

11.6

17.9

2006

Braim Wood

12.2

9.0

34.1

The Barnsley Academy

2006

Elmhirst School

10.8

9.2

43.2

Walthamstow Academy

2006

McEntee

15.2

24.2

18.6

Sheffield Springs Academy

2006

Myrtle Springs

15.2

18.6

19.0

Sheffield Park Academy

2006

Waltheof School

17.8

20.3

28.2

The Harris Academy Bermondsey

2006

Aylwin Girls School

27.6

27.0

40.8

Harris Academy Merton

2006

Tamworth Manor High School

29.8

19.1

31.0

St Mark's C of E

2006

Mitcham Vale

 

25.1

19.2

Harris Girls Academy Dulwich

2006

Waverly Girls School

22.9

26.2

34.3

Landau Forte College

2006

Landau Forte CTC

82.1

82.2

76.9

The Burlington Danes Academy

2006

Burlington Danes

39.8

32.0

34.3

Gateway Academy

2006

Gateway Community College

 

 

12.6

Figures in italics are predecessor school results

Figures for predecessor schools are unpublished and unchecked in the year the academy opened

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many head teachers have been appointed at each academy, and in cases where more than one has been appointed, what was the period in post for which each head teacher served; and what is the average salary of the head teacher of an academy as at April 2006.[HL914]

Of the 46 academies open in December 2006, 38 have the same principal as on their day of opening. Eight academies have had more than one principal. Details of their service are set out in the table below.

The department does not hold data on principals’ salaries. As independent schools, academies are not required to provide the department with this information.

Academy

Year open

Number of principals who have left the academy

Time in post from date of opening

Business Academy Bexley

2002

1

3 years

Greig City Academy

2002

1

1 year and was head of predecessor school

Unity City Academy

2002

2

First principal 2 years 2 months. Second principal 1 year in interim capacity

Capital City Academy

2003

1

1 year and was head of predecessor school

West London Academy

2003

1

2.5 years

The King's Academy

2003

1

2 years

Lambeth Academy

2004

1

2 years

Northampton Academy

2004

1

1 year and was head of predecessor school

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many times the member of an academy trust appointed by the Secretary of State has been consulted on the appointment of a head teacher, as required by those academies which have adopted Clause 85A of the model articles of association; and how many times this appointee has advised against the appointment of a candidate. [HL915]

This clause has not been included in individual academies’ articles of association. This is because Ministers decided that it would be more effective to include a clause in the body of the funding agreement stipulating that the Secretary of State must be notified of any meeting at which the appointment of an academy principal will be considered, that a representative of the Secretary of State will be entitled to attend that meeting and that their views will be taken into account. This clause was introduced when we updated the model funding agreement earlier this year; where individual funding agreements do not include it we are currently seeking to re-negotiate this with academy trusts.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What powers are available to the governors of an academy that are not available to the governors of a voluntary aided school; and [HL916]

What requirements are placed on the governing body of an academy through the model funding agreement that are not placed on the governing body of a local education authority maintained school.[HL917]

The composition and operation of governing bodies of local education authority maintained schools are set out under Chapter 1 of Part 3 of the Education Act 2002. In many respects the model funding agreement includes provisions equivalent to these and governing bodies of academies would be expected to carry out the same accountability, challenge, support and monitoring functions as governing bodies of maintained schools.

However, the requirements and duties of academy governors do differ from maintained school governors because academies are conducted by charitable companies limited by guarantee (the academy trust) and the governors are the directors of those companies. Their powers and duties are therefore governed by the memorandum of association and articles of association of the academy trust and are subject to the general law relating to limited companies and the law relating to charities.

Within these constraints academy governing bodies do have a number of additional freedoms beyond those available to maintained schools, including voluntary aided schools. For instance, they are not obliged to adhere to the school teachers pay and conditions document or the national curriculum.