A Welcome from the Head Teacher

Welcome to the Park Vale Academy website. This is an exciting time for the school as we all work hard to establish a culture of High Expectations which delivers High Achievement for our students. This is helped by the fact that we are now part of the Redhill Trust which is able to provide the outstanding expertise and support necessary to ensure that our students are successful, many of whom will hopefully choose to transfer to the Redhill Sixth-Form Centre at the end of Year 11. Having previously been Head of School at The Redhill Academy, I am personally really enjoying working with the staff at Park Vale to make this a school which everyone in the community can be justifiably proud of. 

It is particularly pleasing to see how the massive improvements we have made at the school are already beginning to feed through into the achievement of our students. So in relation to the DFE Key Performance Measures, we have gone from 35% of students achieving a 4 or above in Maths and English to a figure of 56% this year (2019). Likewise, the percentage of students on a 5 or above for both subjects has risen from 15% in 2017 to 32% this year. Finally – and most impressively of all – our Progress 8 figure has improved from -0.78 last year to -0.26 this year ie +0.5. This effectively means that in 2019 every student at the academy averaged half a grade higher in every single GCSE when compared to previous cohorts. Whilst we are pleased with these improving trends in the results at the academy, we also recognise that there is still a lot of work to do and therfore remain absolutely determined to ensure that Park Vale becomes one of the highest performing schools in Nottingham by delivering the very best levels of achievement for all of our students. 

Here at Park Vale Academy we believe that students should behave well and work hard in order to achieve their full potential. By promoting high standards right across the board, we are able to maintain a clear focus on ensuring that students leave school with the best possible set of academic qualifications. This is also driven by high quality teaching and learning from a team of professionals passionate about their subjects and committed to ensuring that students make exceptional progress. 

The school has a lot to offer beyond the classroom as well. We provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities to develop the students’ skills and interests and ensure that they become well-rounded individuals. They also benefit from our experienced and dedicated pastoral team who support the young people to ensure that they make the right choices and engage positively with life in school. Crucially, we always work closely with parents as we know how important your support can be in ensuring that we are able to maintain our high standards and deliver success for each individual student. 

We hope that you find the information you need on our website but if you have any further questions please contact the school directly.

Steve Bowhay

Head Teacher

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