Boston Spa Academy Secondary

Key Performance Indicators for 2018

(Unvalidated Performance Indicators for 2019 should become available over the next few weeks)


% achieving a strong pass in English and Mathematics
(national avg. is 43.3%)


Progress 8
(national avg. is -0.02)


Attainment 8
(national avg. is 46.5)


Boston Spa Academy, previously known as Boston Spa School, started working in partnership with The GORSE Academies Trust in 2017. This relationship was formalised in September 2018, following approval from the Secretary of State for the school’s conversion to academy status as part of The GORSE Academies Trust.

Since the partnership began, the academy has worked closely with Trust colleagues to develop and strengthen teaching and learning through the implementation of the Positive Discipline System, the Purple Zone and the use of Strategic Seating and Interaction Plans. Students at the academy have begun to reap the rewards of this highly personalised and challenging teaching and learning approach, which is evidenced through the excellent progress demonstrated by students in 2018 with a progress 8 score of +0.23, placing the school above national average.

2016 2017 2018
Progress 8 Score for the Boston Spa Academy -0.17 -0.03 +0.23

The high standards of teaching and impressive outcomes for all students will see the academy flourish over coming years; the academy will further strengthen the way in which it prepares its young people for the rigours of academic life across all key stages, including Post-16.

Percentage achieving Grade 5+ in English and Mathematics

Within the reformed assessment system, grade 5 in English and mathematics is considered to be a strong pass. Comparison of this indicator for the Boston Spa Academy students with schools nationally and within Leeds confirms that more students from Boston Spa Academy are attaining the high pass grades and making rapid gains in learning. In 2018, 6.4% more students at the Boston Spa Academy (47.0%) have secured grades 5+ in English and Mathematics when compared with national performance (40.4%).

National (39.9%)
Leeds (40.4%)
Boston Spa Academy (56.0%)

When comparing the academy’s relative progress for Mathematics across three years, there has been an incredible transformation in the success achieved by students between 2016 and 2018. The progress made by students in Mathematics placed the academy within the bottom 40% of schools nationally in 2016, however, through the excellent rubric based teaching and learning, the academy is now within the top 20% of schools nationally for the progress demonstrated by students within Mathematics in Summer 2018.


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 with similar groups nationally. Boston Spa Academy students performed noticeably better than those nationally in 2017, with an average Attainment 8 score of 49.20 compared to 44.60 nationally and 45.10 in Leeds. The academy has continued to outperform schools in Leeds and nationally in 2018, with an average attainment 8 score of 50.25 compared to 44.26 nationally and 44.57 in Leeds.

The cohort of 2018 were slightly below national average on entry (-0.08) based on their KS2 data and 35% of these were from the high prior attainment group. When comparing the attainment scores for the high and low prior attainment groups with students nationally, Boston Spa Academy students have achieved higher attainment scores across all elements, as a result of our high aspirations and high expectations for all students irrespective of their background or starting point.


Progress 8 (P8) 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 fair measure of progress.

In 2017, Boston Spa Academy achieved a P8 score of -0.03, placing it around the average for schools in Leeds and nationally. In 2018, a progress 8 score of +0.23 placed the academy above national average as a result of the impressive progress demonstrated by students across all subject areas in comparison to students nationally.

Element Boston Spa Academy National Comparison
English +0.04 +0.08
Mathematics +0.34 +0.36
Ebacc -0.01 +0.02
Open +0.45 +0.49

It is important to recognise that strong progress was evident across all KS2 prior attainment groups.

Cohort Low Prior Attainment Middle Prior Attainment High Prior Attainment
Progress 8 +0.50 +0.16 +0.20

Furthermore, the results of 2018 also placed the academy in the top 20% of schools nationally for the progress students made within languages and humanities.

Further information can be found on the Department for Education Compare Schools website.

Boston Spa Academy Sixth Form


Progress compared to other schools


Progress of disadvantaged students compared to other schools


KS5 Average Grade
(national avg. is C+ (A Level))


Progress made in English
(national avg. is -0.10)


Progress made in Maths
(national avg. is -0.13)


We were immensely proud of the progress our students made in 2017 both academically and in terms of destinations. Our Level 3 Value Added score of 0.21 and Alps score of 1.01 put us in the top 15% of sixth form providers nationally. In addition, over half of our UCAS applicants achieved places at Russell Group universities and four students achieved places at Oxford and Cambridge. We were further delighted that our 2018 results saw us achieve a Level 3 Value Added score of 0.27 and move into the top 10% of sixth form providers nationally. In addition, 43% of our university applicants achieved places at Russell Group universities, including one student to read History at Oxford. We have consolidated our place as one of the leading sixth form providers in the region and look forward to further success in 2019.

Three Year Progress

2016 2017 2018
Progress -0.05 0.21 0.27
Alps score 5 3 2

Grade Summary

2016 2017 2018 National
A* 10% 11.4% 8%
A*-A 25% 32% 26%
A*-C 83% 85% 77%
A*-E 98% 99% 97%

At Boston Spa Academy we are committed to holding students accountable to the highest academic expectations and in turn deliver high quality teaching and support in order to ensure all our students achieve and exceed their potential.  We are excited about our partnership with Elliott Hudson College, opening as Elliott Hudson College at Boston Spa in September 2019. We look forward to the opportunities this will bring our students as we continue our journey in consolidating our place as a leading academic sixth form provider locally and nationally.

Some students achieved some truly phenomenal results and have secured some fantastic destinations:

43% of university applicants achieved a place at a Russell Group university, including one student to Oxford University.

Student Final A Level Grades Grades University Choice
Ewan Connel History A*A*A* Somerville College, University of Oxford
Katie Midgley Computer Science A*A*A* University of Birmingham
Freddy Howden Maths A*A*A King’s College London
Chris Oakes Maths A*A*A Durham University
Hannah Sharpe Medicine AAA University of Nottingham
Anna Williams Zoology AAA University of Sheffield
Euan Dunlop Veterinary Medicine AAA University of Nottingham
Ben Boulton Motorsport Engineering AAA Coventry University
Toby Hirst Politics A*AA Durham University
Daniel Jennings Chemical Engineering A*AB University of Bath
Tom Blakey Business with Intl. Management A*BB University of Northampton
Gabriella Reid History AAB University of Nottingham
Megan Law Anthropology AAC, A* in EPQ University of Durham
Erin Lees Chemical Engineering AAB University of Sheffield
Beth Adamson Law with French AAB University of Birmingham
Freya Hopkins Political Science ABB Birmingham
Abbey Iveson Politics ABB University of Glasgow
Sena Aydin Politics ABB University of Sheffield
Sam Allanach History ABB University of Sheffield

Further information can be found on the Department for Education Compare Schools website.