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SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards

Solway Community Technology College receives a SSAT award.


Congratulations – you are a winner in this year’s SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards

On behalf of SSAT, I am delighted to let you know that your school has won an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award for your exceptional progress.

The award is to recognise your achievement of being in the top 10% of schools nationally for value-added progress. We’ve identified your success using the Educational Outcomes 2014 database – a time-saving tool for analysis, benchmarking and collaboration that collates the latest DfE data and Ofsted gradings into one.

Solway Community Technology College one of the best in the country for student progress at GCSE

Solway Community Technology College has received national recognition for the value it adds to students’ achievements at GCSE.

SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers Network, recently undertook its annual in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state-funded schools in England and identified Solway Community Technology College’s success.

The school has qualified for an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award by being in the top 10% of schools nationally for progress made by pupils between their key stage 2 results at primary school and their GCSE results at age 16.

The school has been invited to receive their award at a regional celebration ceremony hosted by SSAT at St John Bosco Arts College in Liverpool on 30 April.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:

‘Solway Community Technology College should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students. There is so much good practice that this school could share, and I hope they will join us at the celebration evening for the chance to network and share strategies with award-winning schools.

‘These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Solway Community Technology College, and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person. I am proud that this school is a member of the SSAT network.’

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We were delighted with our position on this year’s league tables! TOP
Your children from last year’s Year 11 achieved far better grades in their GCSEs last summer than they were expected to,based on their KS2 results, or than they would have in any other secondary school in the county! How great is that?
The value added section takes the pupils’ best 8 results then compares this with predictions from their Primary school results. The national average score would be 1000. That would be a neutral outcome; that is to say in such schools the pupils achieve what they are expected to achieve. Below 1000 then the school would not have added any value,in fact it would have had a negative impact. Above 1000 then the school has added value for the pupils. We were well above 1000 and well above all other Cumbrian schools. Support your local school if you want your child to achieve more than their potential.


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Sad Farewells

As we say Goodbye to our Year 11s; it doesn’t seem like 5 years that they have been with us, though looking at the slideshow put together of their exploits since Year 5, we have certainly seen some changes! There were tears too at the end of the Prom. Such a lovely group of pupils; we all have our fingers crossed for their results in August, and wish them every success for their futures.

We wish all the best to Raff Colossi, who has been our IT technician for the past 10 years. He has travelled to Silloth daily from Penrith, frequently on his bike! He never stops, always rushing around, turning his hand to all things technical. How will we manage without him…. ? Mrs McCarthy has worked with us since 2008, supporting pupils in her role as a Teaching assistant in the Special Needs department. She has been such a star including supporting the Shakespeare for schools production. Miss Malkinson, from PE, is moving on to a  full time post before her forthcoming wedding and subsequent travel plans come into fruition.  We wish them all well.