2019 Provisional* GCSE Outcomes

Measure

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

Difference

Cohort Size 201 221 224
Progress 8 Overall 0.12 0.26 0.64 +0.38
Basics 5+% 37.3 45.0 58.0 +13%
Basics 4+% 68.2 74.3 79.9 +5.6%
English 5+% 65.7 68.5 71.9 +3.4%
English 4+% 81.6 87.4 84.8 -2.6%
Maths 5+% 41.3 48.6 67.9 +19.3%
Maths 4+% 70.6 77.5 83.9 +6.4%
Attainment 8 English 10.20 10.50 10.69 +0.19
Attainment 8 Mathematics 8.89 9.00 10.32 +1.32

*Progress 8 will be confirmed at the end of January when final national data is published.

New Specification GCSEs:

From 2017, English Language, English Literature and mathematics were examined against new, more challenging specification GCSEs, with 9 to 1 grading.

  • A grade 7 is aligned to a legacy grade A.
  • A grade 4 is aligned to a legacy grade C.
  • A grade 1 is aligned to a legacy grade G.

Other subjects moved to new 9 to 1 specifications in 2018, and the remainder will follow in 2019.

Vocational qualifications (BTECs, VCerts etc.) will remain on Distinction* to Pass grading, although the specifications for these are also being made more rigorous.

Accountability measures

All school performance is now measured in the following ways, from results at the end of Year 11:

  • The percentage of students achieving a strong pass (grade 5 or above) in English and mathematics
  • Students’ average grade in their EBacc subjects (English, mathematics, two sciences, geography or history and a language)
  • Students’ average Attainment 8 score (the average grade in 8 subjects including English, mathematics, 3 EBacc subjects and 3 other subjects)
  • Students’ average Progress 8 score (the difference between our students’ Attainment 8 and that of students with the same KS2 data nationally)

% Achieving Strong Pass (Grade 5 and above) in English and Mathematics

The Farnley Academy students experience a very solid academic platform from which to consolidate learning and to prepare for examinations. Results at Grade 4 and above are noticeably above those of the national average and considerably more than other schools in Leeds. At Grade 5 and above we can see The Farnley Academy above the national and Leeds averages, but we will be unstinting in ensuring that in 2019 the results are significantly above both. This characterises the exceptionally high standards that we hold dear at all of our academies.

2019 Results

58%

Achieving a strong pass in English and Maths

+0.64

Progress 8

51.96

Attainment 8

4.38

Ebacc Average Point score

National (43.0%)
Leeds (41.2%)
The Farnley Academy (58.0%)

Attainment

Attainment 8 is the score students achieve when their GCSE results are combined. This value is compared to their KS2 “starting point”, allowing us to measure their progress with us. The average A8 score for The Farnley Academy students was 51.2, and nationally it was 47.4. In 2016, The Farnley Academy students on average achieved an A8 score of 53.8 points, compared to 48 in Leeds, and 49.8 nationally.

Since the introduction of the Attainment 8 measure, The Farnley Academy students have performed noticeably better than those nationally. In recent years, students attained on average over 4 points higher than the national average, with the 2019 cohort attaining 5 points higher than all schools in England and 7 points higher than the local authority average.

Progress

Progress 8 is a measure of how much better our students have done at GCSE in comparison to students nationally with the same KS2 scores.This makes it a fairer measure of progress than previous performance measures.

The Farnley Academy achieved a P8 score of +0.64 (unvalidated and excluding a number of remarks and late results), placing it well above average for schools in Leeds and nationally. These results would place The Farnley Academy in the top 10% of schools nationally for progress.

The following table shows how well we have worked with some specific cohorts of students:

Cohort Lower Ability Middle Ability High Ability
Progress 8 +0.90 +0.88 +0.23

It can be seen that lower and middle ability students are achieving results around 1 grade above those similar students nationally. We recognise that a major area of focus, and part of our partnership work with colleagues across The GORSE Academies Trust will involve supporting the higher rates of progress of our higher ability students in 2019-20 but we are pleased to say this cohort performed better than similar students nationally in 2019.

% achieving the English Baccalaureate

At The GORSE Academies Trust we are committed to ensuring all our students can access a curriculum that is traditional in its high academic standards, including a good spread of GCSE options, including Modern Foreign Languages, whilst also catering to a vocational element.

The Ebacc (English Baccalaureate) is a measure providing information about specific subject performance that includes the sciences, modern foreign languages and the humanities. At The Farnley Academy we aim to encourage as many of our students as possible to study a modern foreign language. We believe that this is inherently valuable for them in developing certain skills, but may also provide an entry into varied careers involving working and communicating with people from foreign countries. In an increasingly interconnected world, this is a highly valuable skill-set to obtain. Our 2019 results show our entry was similar to the national average, and attainment was above the national average.

The Farnley Academy Leeds Average National Average
Cohort entry for Ebacc 36.2% 38.2% 40.0%
Ebacc average points score 4.38 3.89 4.07