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Ms Donohue – Principal

Principal Rachel Donohue today paid tribute to the resilience and determination of students and teachers as the school recorded its fifth consecutive year of GCSE improvement.

The Sunderland-based academy, in line with all schools across England, used teacher based assessments to grade students’ GCSE performance this year after the Coronavirus pandemic prevented exams being taken.

Students have responded positively to opportunities in place to deliver learning remotely, including online lessons, remote cookery classes, mentoring and even paired reading sessions. I am hugely proud of colleagues who have gone above and beyond to ensure that students have been well-supported at this extraordinary time.

The pandemic has represented a huge challenge to schools across the country and staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that young people continue to have access to a wide range of services to support their academic and personal development.In addition, I am grateful to our parents and the community who have been incredibly supportive and acknowledged the good work of the school.

In addition, I am grateful to our parents and the community who have been incredibly supportive and acknowledged the good work of the school.

Sunderland College has also offered reassurance that students will not be disadvantaged by this year’s events – I extend my thanks to them also.

Whilst we will continue to ensure that our young people are well supported as they begin the next chapter of their lives after Academy 360, our focus remains on re-opening our school safely in September; I look forward to welcoming staff and students back shortly.