The following data relates to school improvement results at academies were part of the Aldridge Education family of schools in September 2018, either as part of our multi-academy trust or where we are a sponsor. Kensington Aldridge Academy’s first GCSE results will be in 2019.

Contextual Data

Children entering Aldridge Education schools from primary stage are all, on average, between -2.9 and -0.8 points behind their peers nationally. This reflects our focus on working with schools serving disadvantaged communities and our commitment that “Everyone has the right to expect an exciting, engaging and relevant education, regardless of who they are, or where they live.”

The percentage of students entitled to Pupil Premium is significantly higher than national averages in the majority of our MAT academies – ranging from 5% to 25% above national.  Similarly the percentage of students with SEND needs is significantly higher than national averages in most of our existing MAT academies – ranging from 4% to 25% above national.

Sixth-Form Key Stage 5 A-Level & Equivalent Qualification Data 

  Academic (inc A-Level) Vocational (inc BTech)
August 2018 %A*-B %A*-E %D*-D %D*-P
Darwen Aldridge Community Academy 56.3% 100.0% 57.0% 100.0%
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy 0.0% 100.0% 69.9% 100.0%
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy 2.2% 91.0% 22.2% 100.0%
Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio 33.3% 100.0% 50.0% 100.0%
UTC@MediaCityUK 16.0% 90.6% 58.8% 97.4%
UTC@harbourside 31.9% 96.6% 40.0% 92.0%
Kensington Aldridge Academy (SAT) 61.8% 99.6%
Aldridge Education MAT Average 49.5% 97.8% 54.5% 99.0%

The second A-Level and BTEC results day for the multi-academy trust was marked by some outstanding achievements by students and across our family of schools. The largest Aldridge sixth forms, Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, where 95 students sat exams this year, and Kensington Aldridge Academy (81), both comfortably exceeded the national average for the percentage of A-Level passes at top A*-B grades. Progression onto a wide variety of university courses included five Aldridge students bound for Oxbridge.

Across the whole family total pass A-Level pass rates (97.8%) exceeded the national average with vocational pass rates even higher, at 99% Three schools in the family achieved 100% pass rates across all qualifications, with a fourth at 99.6%. Over half of all vocational passes were at top Distinction* – Distinction grades.

The overall MAT Progress Score for Post-16 in 2018 was Above Average +0.12, placing the Trust 2nd in the Department for Education’s table of 50 national multi-academy trusts.

You can view the DfE Performance Table data here.

Secondary School Key Stage 4 GCSE Data

English GCSE August 2019 %9-4 (Pass) v. National Average
Darwen Aldridge Community Academy 62.6% -12.8%
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy 66.0% -9.4%
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy 78.6% +3.2%
Darwen Vale High School 71.0% -4.4%
Duke’s Aldridge Academy 64.0% -11.4%
National Average (state-funded mainstream schools) 75.4%
Maths GCSE August 2018 %9-4 (Good Pass) v. National Average
Darwen Aldridge Community Academy 63.7% -6.8%
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy 57.0% -13.5%
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy 78.6% +8.1%
Darwen Vale High School 71.0% +0.5%
Duke’s Aldridge Academy 64.0% -6.5%
National Average (Maths) 70.5%

GCSE day this week saw best ever results achieved at Duke’s Aldridge Academy and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, and a raft of exceptional individual performances by our students across the country. Amongst the highest achievers at Duke’s, with 9 or more top grades 9-7 and A-A*, were Khadija Choudhury, Omar Pierre-Williams, Sara Al Maliki, Yasmin Adam, Jubair Ali and Oguzcan Balci. Stand-out individual subject performances across the year group included the sciences, where 75% of students gained grade 5 or above in biology; 74% similarly in physics; and 80% in chemistry.

Progress 8 January 2019 Published Score
Darwen Aldridge Community Academy -0.54
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy -0.39
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy 0.3
Darwen Vale High School 0.91
Duke’s Aldridge Academy 0.24
National Average 0

Further data is available on the Department for Education’s School Performance website

A-Typical Entry Point Key Stage 4 GCSE Data 

DArwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio students celebrate GCSE successThere are three schools in the Aldridge family that have an a-typical point of entry. Students join Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio in years 9 or 10, and the UTCs in year 10. In each case having undertaken their Key Stage 3 at other schools or, in some cases, having been home educated. For students who may not have thrived at their previous school the Studio offers access to an education that better suits them, and the opportunity to re-evaluate their choices and direction before the start of the important GCSE years. UTC@MediaCityUK and UTC@harbourside offer a curriculums and technical specialisms not available in standard secondary schools.

August 2018 English

%9-4 (Good Pass)


%9-4 (Good Pass)

Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio 40.0% 47.0%
UTC@MediaCityUK 58.2% 53.1%
UTC@harbourside 36.0% 60.0%
National Average TBC TBC
Progress 8 January 2019 Provisional Score
Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio -1.48
UTC@MediaCityUK -1.24
UTC@harbourside -0.77
National Average UTCs -0.8

Studios -0.62

Read about UTC@MediaCityUK’s impressive sixth form results. The overall pass rate was 97.4%, with over half (55%) awarded at the top A*-B grades or equivalent – above the national average.41% of all UTC students achieved at least three of these top grades.

Further data is available on the Department for Education’s School Performance website

Primary School Key Stage 1 & 2

Sudell Primary School is currently the only primary school in the multi-academy trust, having joined us in March 2015.

  % Students at or above expected level
2019 Key Stage 2 Maths Reading Writing Combined


v. National Average
Sudell Primary School 94% 72% 72% 72% +7%
National Average 79% 73% 78% 65%

Further data is available on the Department for Education’s School Performance website.

Destinations Data

We collect and review destinations data, telling us how our older students are moving on to the next stage of their lives.  We performed better than the latest available national averages for students moving on to education, employment or training at both post-GCSE and post sixth-form levels in 2019.

You can view Destinations Data relating to our school leavers in 2019 here.

Erica Lin collecting her GCSE results

Erica Lin

How Ofsted Rates Our Schools