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 progress across a student’s highest eight outcomes, known as Progress 8. Boston Spa Academy students performed noticeably better than those nationally in 2018, with an average Attainment 8 score of 50.3 compared to 46.5 nationally and 44.8 in Leeds. In 2019, the academy has continued to outperform schools nationally and in Leeds, with an average Attainment 8 score of 54.3 compared to 46.5 nationally and 44.8 in Leeds, placing the school amongst top 20% of schools nationally.
When comparing the performance of different prior attainment groups, the Attainment 8 score for mathematics, for our Middle Prior Attainers was in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019, as well as in 2018. For High Prior Attainers, the EBacc Attainment 8 was in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019.
The subjects of the EBacc form a strong academic foundation for the KS4 curriculum. Students at the Boston Spa Academy achieved outcomes recognised as significantly above national average in both languages and humanities. Outside of the EBacc, attainment across media studies, statistics and applied information technology was in the highest 20% of schools nationally.