Bohunt Education Trust celebrates ‘full house’ of significant gains for GCSE results


Bohunt Education Trust (BET), a multi-academy trust (MAT) with exceptionally high standards and expectations, is celebrating improved P8 scores for all its eligible schools this summer in GCSE results tables published this week.

The Petersfield School (TPS) showed strong improvement from 2017, making it now the third highest achieving school in Hampshire on the Basics 5 measure. Its Progress 8 score of 0.25 also means it is above average, with each student improving by a quarter of a grade more per subject than expected.

The Department for Education published provisional results for “Progress 8”, which measures progress by each student from age 11 to GCSE across eight subjects, including key academic subjects.  The Ofsted-rated Outstanding?Bohunt School in Liphook achieved the highest progress 8 measure in East Hampshire and was by this measure 4th of Hampshire’s 72 secondary schools, with each student attaining by almost one third of a grade more per subject than expected

Further significant gains were also achieved by all other academies within BET. The Costello School, which joined BET in September after receiving support from the Trust since January, improved its progress 8 performance and City Academy Norwich, which BET has been providing school improvement support to since September 2017, is one of the fastest-improving schools in Norfolk, scoring -0.31 compared to -0.57 in 2017. Progress 8 at Priory School in Portsmouth also made an improvement from 2017.

BET’s two other schools, Bohunt Worthing and Bohunt Wokingham, already oversubscribed in their local communities, do not yet have students old enough to take GCSEs. Bohunt Worthing celebrated its first ever Ofsted report this month, and was judged to be ‘Good’ with strong praise for the leadership and student progress. Ofsted noted that:

“Students make strong progress across a broad range of subjects, with achievement in the core English and maths subjects being particularly high; students are very well prepared for the next stage of their education. Leaders embed employability skills from Year 7 onwards and the school’s rich curriculum provides students with a wide range of subjects, alongside enjoying a variety of educational visits and extra-curricular activities.”

Neil Strowger, Chief Executive Officer of Bohunt Education Trust, said:

“This has been a year of significant gains by all our schools and I am immensely proud of not just the strong attainment by our students but also, crucially, the excellent progress they make with us. At BET, we provide highly effective teaching and unparalleled opportunity to all our students, encouraging students to become ‘game-changers’. Today’s scores reinforce the success of our approach. Our relentless focus is on the quality of the student experience – and students are realising their full potential, which is wonderful to see.”