Excelsior Academy is celebrating a national award recognising its pupils’ outstanding educational GCSE performance.

The Newcastle-based academy was in the top 20% of schools nationally for pupil progress last year, data analysis from the Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT) reveals.

Excelsior will be presented with an SSAT award at a regional celebration event in the summer which recognises the work of high-achieving, improving and innovating schools and teachers.

Outstanding levels of pupil progress in English and Maths underpinned the best GCSE exam performance ever achieved at Excelsior Academy last summer.

More than 80% of students advanced three levels of progress in English and 73% of pupils made the same progress in Maths – all the more remarkable as English is the second language of around 50% of pupils at Excelsior.

In total, 62% of pupils achieved an A* to C grade pass in English and 63% of pupils secured an A* to C pass in Maths.

Sue Williamson, SSAT Chief Executive, said: “It’s my pleasure to commend Excelsior Academy on their excellent 2016 performance and have the opportunity to highlight and share their great work in an SSAT Educational Outcomes celebration event.

“We know how hard teachers work to ensure the success of every child.

“SSAT’s Educational Outcomes award recognises the professionalism, commitment and hard work of leaders, teachers and students at Excelsior Academy.

“A big thank you and well done to the pupils, staff and governors.”

SSAT annually releases the Educational Outcomes database combining three official Department for Education and Ofsted sources to provide key contextual and performance data on every state funded school in the country, exclusively for its members.

Schools can use this information to profile and benchmark their achievements.

Craig Taylor, Excelsior Academy Executive Principal, said: “The SSAT award is yet another positive accolade for Excelsior and well-deserved national recognition for the outstanding work of staff and governors.

“It is also, and most importantly, an outstanding achievement for our pupils.

“The award officially recognises the huge advances we have made with pupil progress, highlighted in our best ever GCSE performance.”