Astrea Academy Trust marks significant growth with 11,000 pupils

Astrea Academy Trust marks significant growth with 11,000 pupils

++ Longsands and Ernulf Academies formally join Astrea ++

The start of September sees Astrea Academy Trust celebrate the new school year with 11,000 pupils across the Astrea family, marking a 44% increase on the numbers of Astrea pupils at the end of the last academic year.

Established in 2015, Astrea operates primary, secondary and all-through schools in Cambridgeshire and South Yorkshire.

As of 1 September, Longsands Academy and Ernulf Academy transferred from St Neots Learning Partnership.  This marks a significant step forward in consolidating Astrea’s presence in Cambridgeshire, building on our existing secondary school in Cottenham Village College and The Centre school.

Although still a relatively young multi-academy trust, Astrea has already established a track record of delivery. Earlier in the summer, the trust saw a 12 per cent increase in results in reading, writing and maths – four times that national average improvement. Over the last two years, Astrea academies have seen a 26 per cent increase in the number of children achieving the required standards at primary school.

Students at Cottenham Village College were also celebrating a bumper crop of GCSE results, with 74.1% securing a Grade 9 – 4 in both English and Maths, demonstrating that the College has performed strongly under the new, rigorous GCSE examinations.

Success continues to grow at CVC under the leadership of Helen Cassidy, who was appointed by Astrea. English, maths and history have traditionally been strong at the College but now the vast majority of subjects perform significantly above the national average.  Notable success this year has been achieved in chemistry, physics, biology, German, hairdressing, IT, dance and music all achieving 100% grade 9 – 4.  Significant improvements have also been made in subjects such as Spanish 96% grade 9 – 4; physical education 94%; French 83%; and geography 83%.

Libby Nicholas, Chief Executive of Astrea said:

“Astrea has been on quite a journey since we started in 2015, and I am incredibly proud of each and every one of our academies in the family. This week marks an important milestone for us with Longsands and Ernulf Academies joining us, giving both schools a fresh start.  Overall, the start of the new term sees our numbers swell to 11,000 pupils across Cambridgeshire and South Yorkshire.

“As a family, we are united in our commitment to delivering an education that inspires beyond measure. That commitment applies to every one of our 11,000 pupils during their time with us. These are exciting times for Astrea and for each of our academies and we look forward to celebrating their successes throughout the coming school year.”