Congratulations to Teesside Learning Trust Academy, Whitecliffe Academy who are proud to announce that they are in top 1% of schools in England for progress made by pupils between KS1 and KS2.

The hard work and determination of staff and students has also been rewarded with national recognition from SSAT (the Schools, Students and Teachers network) for its excellent results in 2017 based on data from the Department of Education and Ofsted, analysed by SSAT.

Whitecliffe Academy was found to be among the best performing primary schools in the country, and has enabled pupils to make progress in Reading, Writing and Mathematics which is significantly higher than the national average at Key Stage 2 and is among the top 10% across all schools nationally.

The SSAT Educational Outcomes database compares all state-funded schools in England, with the highest performing for a range of key measures presented with SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards, sponsored by Lexonik. Whitecliffe Academy will be presented with their SSAT Educational Outcomes Award during the summer term at a ceremony attended by winners from across the region.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said: “I am delighted that Whitecliffe Academy has won an Educational Outcomes Award for Children’s Progress – top 10%. This award recognises an important aspect of the school’s work, but, as we know, there is much more to recognise in a good school like Whitecliffe Academy. SSAT is pleased to recognise the quality of leadership and the hard work of all staff to ensure the success of every child. A big thank you and well done to pupils, parents, staff and governors.”

Whitecliffe Academy also received a letter from the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, congratulating the Academy on their very high level of progress.

In the letter Nick Gibb, continued to say: “We want to ensure that every child has the necessary fluency in reading, writing and mathematics to prepare them for a successful secondary education and beyond, and your school has provided this.
“Thank you for your hard work and professionalism in producing such high standards and congratulations again to you and your staff for all you have achieved.”

Sara McCallum, Executive Headteacher of Whitecliffe Academy told us: “I was absolutely elated to receive the letters of recognition from SSAT and Nick Gibb for our very high levels of progress and advising us of our outcomes award. It was so rewarding to have others outside of our Academy congratulate everyone on their hard work.

“I am unbelievably proud of all pupils and staff at Whitecliffe Academy on a daily basis however, being in the top 1% of schools for progress at the end of KS2 is such a huge achievement and it has really set the bar high. We will be striving to achieve this accolade every year!

“Here at Whitecliffe Academy, we have the highest expectations and aspirations for our children and our moto is ‘to be the best that we can be in all that we do’. We are fortunate to have a dream team of passionate leaders, teachers and teaching assistants who support and challenge children to achieve this vision. We also have a school filled to the brim of hardworking, respectful children who want to aspire to greatness.

“Obtaining high standards by the end of Year 6 is always a combined effort at Whitecliffe. This can only be achieved with commitment and dedication from every member of our Whitecliffe family, year on year, including pupils, staff, parents and governors – Well done Whitecliffe, you are all winners! And thank you for making me the proudest Headteacher of all time.”

Whitecliffe Academy is part of the Teesside Learning Trust, a multi-academy trust which was established on 01 September 2016. Teesside Learning Trust is comprised of two primary academies, Badger Hill Academy and Whitecliffe Academy, and two secondary academies, Thornaby Academy in Stockton and Freebrough Academy in Redcar and Cleveland.

Linda Halbert, Chief Executive Officer of the Teesside Learning Trust said: “We are absolutely delighted with the achievements of the children at Whitecliffe Academy. The Executive Headteacher, Sara McCallum and the Headteacher, Rob Cole, along with all of the staff have the highest expectations of the children and their mantra – ‘be the best you can be’ – pervades the whole ethos of the school. Staff work so hard to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve their best. These results are testament to the hard work and the commitment of everyone associated with Whitecliffe and the accolades they have received are so well deserved.”