Thinking Schools Academy Trust ranked as best Trust in South East

Thinking Schools Academy Trust ranked as best Trust in South East

Schools Minister Lord Agnew praises Trust for its results

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) has been ranked by the Government as the highest performing academy Trust in the South East for GCSE results.

National league tables released by the Department for Education today have confirmed the success of the high-performing Trust. The Trust’s Progress 8 score – which measures improvement from Year 7 to Year 11 across eight GCSE subjects, including key academic subjects – was 0.32.

This means that across its schools, Thinking Schools added nearly a third of a grade more to every subject taken by each student on average than had been expected when they started secondary school aged 11. This impressive score is significantly above the national average for schools in England which is -0.03.

Based on these impressive results, Thinking Schools has been ranked as the highest performing trust in the South East and in the top 15 academy trusts in England, out of more than 100.

Individual schools within the Trust also performed particularly strongly. Rochester Grammar School (RGS) was confirmed as the top performing school in Medway, and one of the best in the country, with a Progress 8 score of 0.81 – well above the national average.

Elsewhere, The Portsmouth Academy was ranked as the second highest performing school in Portsmouth, with a Progress 8 score of 0.13.


Schools Minister, Lord Agnew said:

“These results are truly impressive and demonstrate what can be achieved through the hard work of pupils, teachers and leaders. The Thinking Schools Academy Trust is demonstrating its worth and recording impressive results year after year.”


Stuart Gardner, Chief Executive of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, said:

“At Thinking Schools Academy Trust, we are strongly committed to transforming the life chances of every child we serve and providing an education which promotes aspiration and fosters a love of learning. 


“We set high expectations for all our pupils and we are delighted that today’s MAT league table results have confirmed the success of this approach, demonstrating the value we are adding to the education of children and young people across the South East, including in coastal areas, where some of education’s greatest challenges often are.”