Newcastle’s Excelsior Academy has been recognised for its level of performance and has joined Leading Edge, a national network of exclusively high-performing secondary and special schools.

Leading Edge supports schools working in partnership to raise achievement, develop innovative practice and share practical strategies within and beyond the network.

Run by the by the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT), Leading Edge is made up of schools who have demonstrated statistically significant levels of progress and that their students perform above the national average.

SSAT’s Chief Executive Sue Williamson said:  “We are delighted to welcome Excelsior Academy to our Leading Edge network. It is a credit to the hard work of all of their staff and students that they have been recognised as high-performing and we look forward to working with them.”

Craig Taylor, Executive Principal of Excelsior Academy, said: “This is a great achievement for everyone connected with Excelsior Academy and another huge step on our journey to becoming one of the best schools in the country.

“It provides another resounding testament to the fantastic work being done here by our students and staff with the full support of our sponsor, governors, parents and community.

“It really is a huge privilege for me personally to work in such a creative, vibrant and dynamic organization and this positive recognition by the SSAT is a wonderful honour for us all.”

SSAT gives fresh ideas to ambitious schools. It helps with knowledge of what works in schools, world leading CPD and its thriving networks of school leaders and teachers is the most extensive in the country.