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High Praise from the Minister of State for School Standards

High Praise from the Minister of State for School Standards

Pupils and staff at New Horizons Children’s Academy are celebrating after being praised by Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, in a letter to the school’s headteacher Jody Murphy.

The letter congratulated Jody, staff and pupils for the high levels of progress demonstrated by pupils in last year’s Key Stage 2 assessments. The Academy, which is part of the high-performing Thinking Schools Academy Trust, achieved progress scores of 7.6, 2.8 and 6.5 in reading, writing and mathematics respectively.

The letter highlighted these results stating that the levels of progress made by pupils at New Horizon between Key Stage 1 and the end of Key Stage 2 is in the top three per cent of primary schools nationally.

Additionally, an impressive 88 per cent of pupils at the Academy, achieved at least the expected standard in all three subjects – significantly above the national average of 65 per cent. This was the school’s first cohort of pupils to take the tests, also known as SATs.


Jody Murphy, Executive Headteacher, New Horizons Children’s Academy

“We are incredibly proud that our hard work and dedication to provide pupils with the highest quality education has been recognised by the Minister for School Standards.

“As a school, we are committed to ensuring our pupil’s achieve high standards in all areas of the curriculum and providing them with the opportunity to grow. This recognition is a testament to the hard work of our pupils, parents, teachers, staff and Trust.”

Stuart Gardner, Chief Executive Officer, Thinking Schools Academy Trust

“This praise and encouragement is most welcome and the achievements by New Horizon Children’s Academy have been fantastic. It is wonderful to see the pupils, parents, staff and wider community receiving the recognition they deserve, and I very much look forward to watching them continue this upward trajectory.”