Academy comes out on top in evaluation survey

Top attenders at Trinity Academy in Thorne, where efforts to prevent truancy are rated highly in a survey of parents.
Top attenders at Trinity Academy in Thorne, where efforts to prevent truancy are rated highly in a survey of parents.
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THORNE’s Trinity Academy is performing significantly higher than similar schools in all academic subjects, according to a survey. The secondary school was also much higher than average in all aspects of non-academic life, from its facilities to truancy control, from careers advice to extra curricular activities.

The academy, which around 1,200 pupils, carried out a nationally and internationally recognised Kirkland Rowell self-evaluation survey of parents’ perceptions. The results were then compared to the average for schools of a similar size.

Compared with the average, Trinity’s performance in more than half of all subjects was at least five per cent higher, with food technology, business studies and French coming out on top at more than 11 per cent higher. Mathematics, physics, geography, history and ICT were all better by more than seven per cent. Trinity’s facilities were given a high assessment by parents along with the quality of management and discipline.

Principal Ian Brew said: “We’ve always said that the success of Trinity depends upon a partnership between staff, parents and students and the Kirkland Rowell survey is one meaningful way in which we can monitor how parents perceive their child’s education.

“It allows us to gather data so that we can assess Trinity’s performance compared with schools of a similar size against a range of academic and non-academic criteria that cover every aspect of school life.”

Mr Brew added: “I’m delighted that Trinity scores highly in virtually every area and in many areas is far above the similar school average.

“How parents assess our performance in aspects such as developing the moral values and potential of students, the quality of teaching and our community spirit are particularly encouraging.”

Kirkland Rowell surveys are used by more than 2,500 state and independent schools in the UK and abroad.

The parental survey uses a questionnaire to report on the way pupils’ parents perceive the school with results weighed against what parents usually say in similar schools.