We were thrilled to be named the best performing primary in the city this week and receive a some really positive press from Bristol Live.
The Miracle of Perry Court: In 2017, the Bristol school was in the bottom 1% of schools in England according to the league tables, now it’s the 27th best
A primary school in one of Bristol’s most deprived areas has gone from being the worst in the city to the best – in the space of just two years.
And Perry Court E-ACT Academy in Hengrove isn’t just the best in Bristol, it’s gone from being in the bottom one per cent of all schools in Britain in 2017 to the top one per cent now.
Tristan Cork found out how the remarkable turnaround was achieved.
It’s the kind of thing Hollywood might one day make a film about – how a run-down school in one of the toughest neighbourhoods went from being the worst school in the city to the best in just two years.
And not just the best in Bristol, but one of the best in the entire country.
But the miracle of Perry Court E-ACT Academy is no accident. According to its young headteacher Richard Healey, it’s down to the hard work and determination of every member of staff, every child and, crucially, every parent and carer.
About two years ago, with the school rock bottom of Bristol’s league table, they came together to decide that enough was enough, and if they wanted to turn around their school and their children’s futures, it was down to them to do it.
And since then, in the space of just two years, the school has been radically transformed.
The bare statistics are astonishing enough: from being the worst performing school in Bristol in the 2017 SATs results, it was this weekend ranked as the best.
Back in 2017, of the Year 6s leaving Perry Court, just one in six went onto secondary school with the required level in their SATs.
By the following summer, it had jumped to more than four in six, and the school was shortlisted for a prestigious TES Award.
This summer, it got even better. The Class of 2019, who joined the school as four-year-olds in 2012 and saw the beginnings of the transformation when they started Year 4, left Perry Court with a staggering 96 per cent of the pupils ‘passing’ their SATs.
That result not only makes Perry Court the best in Bristol, where once just two years ago it was the worst, but it puts the school ranked 27th best in England.
That’s 27 out of 20,553 schools.
Getting 96 per cent of the pupils to pass their Year 6 SATs isn’t unusual – but league tables aren’t just calculated on the grades the pupils get in one exam.