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Over the years, Foundation schools have contributed significantly to the raising of educational standards and aspirations in the areas that they serve. In this time there have been many notable achievements, all of which are seen as a springboard for further improvement in the service we provide, rather than a reason for complacency.

For example, Emmanuel College, Gateshead, has been an Ofsted “Outstanding” school throughout its history. It is the North East’s leading state secondary school in several measures, including the benchmark five GCSEs at A*-C grade including English and mathematics, the percentage of students achieving the English Baccalaureate and students’ progress in mathematics.

The King’s Academy, Middlesbrough, marked its tenth anniversary with its best results to date and a £1.2m investment in Sixth Form and Performing Arts facilities. In its first decade, the Academy was placed among the top 10% of schools in England for added value and has been the “most improved” school in the North East. The Academy welcomes four times the average percentage of students with special needs and its provision for these young people has been described as “exemplary” and “outstanding”.

Trinity Academy in Thorne near Doncaster has won countless accolades since opening in 2005, including that of the “most improved” school in Yorkshire and in England for three consecutive years. There is widespread recognition that the Academy has had a profound and lasting impact on aspirations among young people, their attainment and the opportunities that are available to them; it was singled out as “a beacon of hope” by Lord Adonis in 2007.

With provision for young people from 3-18 years of age, Bede Academy in Blyth was one of the first all-through academies in England when it opened its new buildings on two sites in 2009. Within two years, it was raising the aspirations of its students and their families and significantly higher levels of overall standards and academic attainment were being reached. Examination results last year placed the Academy in the top 8% of state-funded schools in England for Progress 8 and for progress in mathematics.

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Trinity Academy in Thorne was described as “a beacon of hope” by Lord Andrew Adonis, Education Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair, in 2007.
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Examination results last year placed Bede Academy in the top 8% of state-funded schools in England for Progress 8 and for progress in mathematics.
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The King’s Academy welcomes four times the average proportion of students with special needs, and its provision for these young people has been described as “exemplary” and “outstanding”.
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After opening in 2005, Trinity Academy became the most improved school in England, and was named as the “most improved school in Yorkshire” for three consecutive years.
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The King's Academy, a specialist business and enterprise Academy in Coulby Newham, South Middlesbrough, opened as an 11-19 school of 1200 students in September 2003.
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The King’s Academy, Middlesbrough, marked its tenth anniversary with its best results to date and a £1.2m investment in Sixth Form and Performing Arts facilities.
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Trinity Academy opened in September 2005 and replaced Thorne Grammar School as it celebrated its 75th Anniversary.
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Emmanuel College was founded in 1990 as Tyneside’s City Technology College (CTC) and opened with just 150 Year 7 students. Emmanuel now educates over 1,300 students across the 11 to 19 age range.
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Emmanuel College students’ academic results place the College amongst the highest ranked schools in England for both progress and attainment.
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Named after an eighth-century monk and scholar from Northumbria, Bede Academy, Blyth, opened in 2009 as one of the first “all-through” Academies in England, educating students from age 3 to 19.
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To celebrate its 25th anniversary Emmanuel College raised £45,000 to build a primary school in Tembisa township, South Africa.
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The Emmanuel Schools Foundation has been involved in education since 1989.
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In its first decade, The King’s Academy was placed among the top 10% of schools in England for added value and became the “most improved school in the North East”.
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In the five Ofsted inspections over the course of its history, Emmanuel has maintained an unbroken record of Ofsted “Outstanding”.