AVONBOURNE ACADEMIES AMONGST THE BEST SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY FOR PROGRESS
~ Validated league tables from the Department for Education confirm Avonbourne students performing well above national average on key measures ~
~ Avonbourne Girls’ Academy placed in top 20 schools nationally ~
Avonbourne Boys’ and Girls’ Academies in Bournemouth have had their high academic standards validated today as the Department for Education publishes its Performance Tables for Summer 2022. Today’s validated tables, which are the first for two years, show that both Avonbourne Boys’ and Girls’ Academies received excellent Progress 8 scores placing them amongst the best schools in the country.
Progress 8 is a national measure which calculates the average progress students make by GCSE, compared with other similar schools. A progress score that meets the national average is set at 0 each year, with anything higher reflecting value added to a student’s achievements during their time at school.
In 2022, Avonbourne Girls’ achieved a Progress 8 score of +1.16 whilst the Boys’ Academy achieved a score of +0.44. The Girls’ Academy’s score places it second in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch and 19th in the country as a whole.
Michelle Dyer, Principal at Avonbourne Girls’ and Boys’ Academies, said:
“It is fantastic to see our academies performing so well and I want to congratulate our students once again on their achievements last summer. Across our academies, we seek to give our students the right combination of challenge and support so that they can make excellent progress and achieve the qualifications they need to pursue their career of choice. Despite the challenges of the previous two years, our students – ably supported by our dedicated staff – worked incredibly hard to achieve such impressive results.
“We are determined to build on these results next summer and are giving our current Year 11 students all the support and encouragement they need to secure the grades we know they are capable of achieving.”
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21st November 2022
UNITED SIXTH FORM STUDENTS TAKE TO THE STAGE AT COP27 SIMULATION EVENT
On Wednesday, some of our Eco-Committee leadership from United Sixth Form, joined together with their peers from 13 other United Learning secondary schools to take part in an exciting COP27 Climate Simulation Negotiation.
The event, hosted by the British Council at their UK headquarters in Stratford, was inspired by the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) taking place in Egypt this month. The event gave our students the opportunity to strengthen their communication, negotiation and presentation skills, whilst encouraging them to consider potential solutions to the challenges our planet faces.
Playing the part of world leaders, Non-Governmental Bodies (NGOs) or Media, students were tasked with taking part in a real-life climate negotiation simulation, producing a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. During the negotiations, their proposals were fed into a computer programme, which used real-life data to model what the consequences of their proposals would be on the climate.
Y12 student, Andre Rojnik, said:
“This has been a really unique experience which has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. What we have discussed and debated today also feeds into the wider work we are doing at United Sixth Form as part of our Eco-Committee.”
Associate Assistant Principal, Laura Tsabet commented:
“I was incredibly proud to take these four sixth form students to London for this event. They engaged in climate negotiations with other schools with passion, respect and a true commitment to the environment. It was enjoyable to see them playing the part of the European Union and committing to an immediate change in our carbon emissions!”