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Queens Academy sees record improvement
02/09/14
Queens Academy, Nuneaton, celebrate being one of the most improved schools in the country

A once failing Nuneaton school has dramatically turned its fortunes around and is now one of the most improved in the country. In what has been described as a 'milestone' moment for the school, Queens Academy has seen a record improvement in its SATS results.

Just over a year ago, the amount of children to achieve Level 4 or higher in their reading, writing and mathematics assignments was just under 19 per cent, one of the worst scores in the country.

Fast forward a year, and a whopping 70 per cent of pupils have just received the news that they achieved Level 4 or above, with six per cent of the 11-year-olds reaching the very high mark of Level 6.

Such a dramatic turnaround in fortunes has come after the school was thrown into special measures in 2012 because school leaders had not done enough to improve inadequate teaching and achievement and did not have an accurate view of the school's weaknesses.

But, at the start of this year, the former junior school became an academy as part of the Diocese of Coventry Multi Academy Trust.

The place of learning will now be known as Queens Church of England Academy, and this move has led to major improvements.

Mitch Moore, Executive Headteacher, said,

"This is a real milestone for the school and the community. Since we became an academy there have been many changes at the school and it is good to see these reflected in the results of the pupils. This increase, we think, will be one of the most improved schools in the country if not the most improved."

He went on to add,

"At Queens CofE Academy we are committed to ensuring that every child succeeds and as well as a strong focus on academic performance we also offer the children a wide range of sporting and artistic opportunities. We now employ our own specialist sports coach who recently organised a very successful sports day which every child in school took part in. Earlier this week a group of musicians and dancers from Queens performed a specially commissioned piece at The Belgrade Theatre Coventry."

Hannah Carvell, Head of School at Queens, who is a former pupil herself, added,

"We are all delighted that the hard work of the children and staff has been rewarded by this huge improvement in results. And we are not complacent as next year we expect to see an even bigger improvement."

David Morris, Head of the Coventry Diocese Multi Academy Trust, was keen to praise not only the pupils, but also the staff, saying,

"The unprecedented success of Queens Church Of England Academy this year is down to the hard work of the senior leadership team and staff within the academy who have worked tirelessly throughout the year and above and beyond what is expected of them. The parents and community have also played an integral part in what has been a very difficult year and without their support the academy would not be where it is now."