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Press Release 16th October 2017

Khalsa Secondary Academy, a Free School in South Buckinghamshire is celebrating after coming out in top position in the new progress 8 measure across all grammar and non-selective schools within the whole of Buckinghamshire.

The new progress 8 measure compares the level of progress that students make between KS2 and KS4 across 8 subjects including English and Maths. National data was released late last week by the DFE.

“This is a fantastic achievement by our students, many of which have come to the school with below the expected level of attainment and have achieved such outstanding results. The students, parents, staff and governors have achieved so much against significant challenges”, said Nick Singh Kandola, CEO, Khalsa Academies Trust.

Approximately, 65% of our pupils live in Slough and when comparing the results of Khalsa Secondary Academy with Slough schools, it was ranked in second place across all grammar and non-selective schools and number 1 across all non-selective schools.

Overall, just over 79% of students achieved 5 or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and Mathematics. This is an excellent achievement and just as impressive is the 64% of pupils who achieved a score of 5 or more in both English and Mathematics, the new reformed GCSEs.

At a national level, Khalsa Secondary Academy came out in 26th position in the Progress 8 measure across all of the 5000+ secondary schools which puts it firmly in the top 1% nationally.

In terms of the Attainment 8 score which measures attainment across 8 subjects, it ranked in the top 5% nationally.

Another measure, the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects which is designed to look at performance across a range of core subjects, the school was ranked 169th which is within the top 4% nationally.

Mrs Sulina Piesse, Principal, stated, “We are immensely proud of our students who have worked so hard for these results and they thoroughly deserve this success. We are lucky to have such dedicated staff and supportive parents who have worked with us to ensure their children have thrived and achieved so well”. “We wish them very success in their future school careers”.

The Khalsa Secondary Academy is a non-selective school which caters for the Slough and South Bucks communities.Khalsa Secondary Academy was inspected by Ofsted in September 2017 and was awarded a Good rating across all four categories. The full Ofsted report can be found at www.khalsasecondaryacademy.com

Khalsa Secondary School is part of the Khalsa Academies Trust, based in Stoke Poges the Trust also runs the Khalsa Academy in Wolverhampton and the ATAM Academy in Redbridge.

For further information, please contact Nick Singh Kandola at n.kandola@khalsaacademiestrust.com or 01753 662009

For full information please see attached press release which includes editors information and details of the DFE data source

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Fantastic first GCSE Results

PRESS RELEASE FOR KHALSA SECONDARY ACADEMY

 Stoke Poges. South Bucks.                                                                                        24th August 2017

 KHALSA SECONDARY ACADEMY DELIVERS OUTSTANDING FIRST GCSE RESULTS

 Students at Khalsa Secondary Academy, a Free School in South Buckinghamshire were celebrating after receiving their outstanding GCSE results. The Year 11 students were the first students through the school so this is a special moment for them, their families, staff and Governors of the school.

 The Khalsa Secondary Academy is a non-selective school which caters for the Slough and South Bucks communities.

 Overall, just over 85% of students achieved 5 or more GCSEs at A*-C. 79% of students achieved 5 or more A*-C including English and Mathematics. This is an excellent achievement and just as impressive is the 64% of pupils who achieved a score of 5 or more in both English and Mathematics, the new reformed GCSEs.

 We are particularly proud of the amazing progress made by students since joining the school, the new Progress 8 score which measures the progress made by students in their 8 best GCSEs would place the school amongst the top performing schools nationally.

 A quarter of all students achieved an outstanding 6 or more A*/A grades. 82% of our students achieved at least 1 A* grade.

 The school achieved a score of +0.76 which is well above the expected national averages and likely to place it within the top 10% nationally. The school achieved an amazing 54% in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) against the expected national average of around 25%. The Attainment 8 score which measures attainment across their 8 best GCSEs came in at 57 against an expected national average of 50.

Mrs Sulina Piesse, Principal, stated, “We are immensely proud of our students who have worked so hard for these results and they thoroughly deserve this success. We are lucky to have such dedicated staff and supportive parents who have worked with us to ensure their children have thrived and achieved so well”. “We wish them every success in their future school careers”.

“We are very proud of this achievement especially given the changes to the curriculum which has resulted in considerable pressure for both staff and students. These results place Khalsa Secondary Academy as one of the highest performing non-selective secondary schools in Slough and South Bucks”, said Nick Singh Kandola, CEO, Khalsa Academies Trust.

Khalsa Secondary School is part of the Khalsa Academies Trust, based in Stoke Poges the Trust also run Sikh faith and ethos schools in Redbridge and Wolverhampton.

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For further information, please contact Nick Singh Kandola at n.kandola@khalsaacademiestrust.com or 01753 662009

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Primary Schools Partnership – Year 6 Enterprise Day

 
24 highly-excited Year 6 Students recently joined us as our guests to take part in the first of many dynamic and memorable whole-day events which we have planned for local Year 5s and 6s this year – our very own Dragons Den style-show!
As all fans of BBC’s DragonsDen know, this is the series in which budding entrepreneurs get just three minutes to pitch their business ideas to five multi-millionaires willing to invest their own money in to new products.
 
Working closely in small teams of 4, the year 6s were issued with a business brief by Mrs Glover and then had to design, market and pitch their food-based product to the line-up of Dragons, which consisted of senior staff and local business people who had come in to support the school.
The day was highly successful and enjoyable. As one Year 6 teacher observed “Everyone was made to feel welcome, a tour was even given. The task was presented well and explained and the presentations made were a success.”
Another vice-principal of a primary school involved said “The children came back having had an excellent day and were very excited in re-telling me the events!  They had clearly developed and learnt new skills too.Thank you very much for organising this and providing the transport was very helpful to us. We look forward to the future events!”
Mr Beeston
Assistant Principal
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KHALSA SECONDARY SCHOOL WINS HIGH COURT CASE

Khalsa Secondary Academy is delighted that the legal challenge has been unsuccessful and that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government’s decision has been upheld and that it is right for Khalsa Secondary Academy to remain in Pioneer House. This provides the much needed certainty for the pupils, parents and staff. We wish to thank all of the local community, parents, staff and pupils for supporting the school to this successful conclusion. We now look forward to commencing the full refurbishment of the existing site to allow us to provide world class educational facilities for our pupils and staff.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Nick Singh Kandola at 01753 662009 or email at info@khalsaacademiestrust.com