News release: 17 October 2018

Walton has been named as the top school in Grantham for progress following publication of the Department for Education’s performance tables released on 16 October 2018.

The academy achieved a Progress 8 score of 0.63, placing it ‘well above average’ among English schools and ranking Walton in overall first position ahead of all other schools in Grantham, including grammar schools. This result also places Walton as the highest performing non-selective school in Lincolnshire.

Progress 8 measures how much progress pupils at a school have made between the end of Key Stage 2 and the end of Key Stage 4, compared to pupils across England. Additionally, Progress 8 Attainment scores score are based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, Maths, three English Baccalaureate qualifications including Sciences, Computer Science, History, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages, and three other additional approved qualifications.

Walton’s Progress 8 Attainment score of 48.2 was also a rise for the academy and is equally impressive in comparison to the Local Education Authority average of 46.4, and the English average of 44.3.

The results follow another successful year for Walton both at GCSE and A Level, taking the academy a step closer to becoming an ‘outstanding’ rated school.

Principal, Caroline Saxelby, said: “I am delighted and proud of our top position in the newly released performance tables. Walton is well above the national average in all measures. The academy has the highest quality academic provision, outstanding pastoral care and teachers who have very high expectations. Our students work extremely hard and are determined to achieve their very best. We have embedded a culture of excellence at Walton in which all students thrive. These results put us in the top 4% of secondary schools nationally, and we will certainly be celebrating such success!”