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Supporting pupil progress in years 7 and 8

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Pupils who progress well in years 7 and 8 are less likely to need intervention later on in their school careers. Chris Reynolds reports on his work to support the attainment of younger pupils


Leeds East Academy is based in one of the most deprived areas in Leeds, with the proportion of disadvantaged pupils being well above the national average. 

The number of pupils on roll is 614 with 78 per cent qualifying for Pupil Premium funding. 

In 2011, the school transitioned from an all girls’ school to a co-educational which means that the lower year groups have a considerably higher percentage of Pupil Premium pupils.

There have been considerable changes in the leadership and management of the academy and in September 2014 it became a member of the White Rose Academies Trust. 

The school has flourished under new leadership, with our proportion of five A* to C grades at GCSE (including English and maths) rising from 37 per cent in 2013 to 46 per cent in 2014, which bucked the national trend of a five per cent drop that year.

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