% achieving a good pass in English and Maths
(10% below the national avg.)


Progress 8
(national avg. is 0)


Attainment 8
(national avg. is 49.34)


% achieving the English Baccalaureate
(19% below the national avg.)


Bruntcliffe Academy became a part of The GORSE Academies Trust in 2015. In the 18 months since this partnership began, the academy has undergone a remarkable transformation. During a period of great evolution in education, with the introduction of new progress and attainment measures, the school has adapted to this new landscape with enthusiasm and success. More importantly, the students who are with us on this journey have begun to reap the rewards of high expectations and quality teaching.

% achieving A*-C in English and Maths

The Bruntcliffe Academy has moved from a very low threshold in 2014, to consolidate GCSE results including English and Maths that are in line with the Leeds average. We are confident that the continued transformation undertaken in partnership with Outstanding academies within The GORSE Academies Trust will ensure that our results in 2017 will match the national average at the very least.


National (62.6%)
Leeds (58.7%)
Bruntcliffe Academy (52%)
National (59.2%)
Leeds (55.8%)
Bruntcliffe Academy (52%)
National (58.9%)
Leeds (53.3%)
Bruntcliffe Academy (32%)


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. In 2016 the average A8 score for TFA students was 45.5, in Leeds it was 48, and nationally it was 48.2. Although we have some work to do, the attainment of our students, as evidenced by the improvement in threshold results is aligning with local and national values, and we expect it to exceed them in 2017.


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 fair measure of progress. In 2015, Bruntcliffe Academy took part in the national Progress 8 trial in 2015, and comparing the 2015 results to 2015, we can see the huge shift in progress that has taken place as a result of the strengthening of leadership, teaching and accountability in the school.

In 2016, BA achieved a P8 score of +0.07, which is in line with the national average. In 2015, the P8 score was -0.59. What we have seen in the space of 12 months is a shift in progress in our students equivalent to over half a grade on each GCSE; in other words, our students are doing as well as students nationally, but in 2016 over half a grade better in each GCSE than their peers in 2015. This is a remarkable testament to the hard work of our students and staff in embracing a culture of success.

Cohort Lower Ability Middle Ability Higher Ability Disadvantaged
Progress 8 +0.25 +0.04 -0.11 -0.15
National Rank na na na na

% achieving the English Baccalaureate

The Ebacc (English Baccalaureate) is a measure providing information about specific subject performance that includes the sciences, modern foreign languages and the humanities.

A major area of focus for the academy is in the promotion of modern foreign languages. WE see this as an important aspect of the Ebacc measure for schools, and an important tranche of subjects in their own right. These allow students to build language skills and confidence in presentation. They will also allow them to develop an interest in the wider world, and useful transferable skills in the labour market. Bruntcliffe Academy has been part of The GORSE Academies Trust for 18 months, and there is still some way to go in terms of us securing the sorts of grades in MFL (and hence the Ebacc measure) that we would like to see. This will happen as the result of a Trust-wide programme of maximising MFL provision. Currently, our Ebacc scores are:

Bruntcliffe Academy Leeds Average National Average
Entry for Ebacc 14% 40.5% 36.6%
% of students achieving the Ebacc 5% 22.6% 22.8%

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