Principal’s Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to Whitburn Church of England Academy, where it is my very great privilege and honour to be Principal. Our ethos statement confirms our determination to provide an inclusive education for the local community in which the rights of all are respected, irrespective of personal beliefs. We are proud to be a school at the heart of the Whitburn community and its surrounding villages.

Our pupils enjoy fantastic facilities, which support our high aspirations for them. The academy has a strong academic tradition and pupils achieve very well in their GCSEs, where our results are consistently amongst the highest performing state schools in the North East region. We are the only school in the region to appear in the prestigious Sunday Times list of the Top 50 11 to 16 schools in England for five years in succession, making the top 20 in 2015, the most recent published list. This measure takes into account the proportion of A* and A grades, a measure which at Whitburn, we are proud to say, is consistently around one-third of all GCSE grades achieved and 32% in 2015 against the national average of 21%.

In January 2015, the Department for Education recognised the consistent success of our results by naming Whitburn Church of England Academy as one of the top 100 non-selective state schools in England. The letter from David Laws, Minister of State for Schools states that “The percentage of your pupils achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs (or equivalent), including English and mathematics GCSEs, shows that your school is one of the top 100 performing non-selective state funded schools in England. Your school has also proven to be one of the top 90 in England showing the greatest sustained improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving this measure”.

The letter also informed us that we would receive one of the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards as we were “one of the most improved schools in the country in terms of the attainment and value-added progress of your disadvantaged pupils since 2011. It is clear that you and your staff have provided your disadvantaged pupils with a good start in life and prepared them well for their futures. Finally, your school is also one of the top 100 non-selective state funded schools in England based on the key stage 2 to key stage 4 value added measure”.

We are very proud of these accolades but achieve success with our pupils not through focusing on league tables and inspection reports but by working tirelessly to ensure that get the best out of all of our pupils. We strive to make our motto of “Excellence for All” a reality. Exam results are only ever part of the picture in regard to the outstanding education we wish for all our pupils. We take great pride in the rich and diverse extra-curricular life on offer, with a wide range of sporting, musical and other activities.

A Hardie

Principal