% 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)


Bruntcliffe Academy became a part of The GORSE Academies Trust in 2015. In the three years 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 academy 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 high-quality teaching. In 2018, the academy was inspected by OFSTED who described teaching, learning and assessment to be outstanding in all areas and this is creating the gravitational pull that will see the school flourish, but more importantly sees it develop depth in the way in which it prepares its young people for the rigours of academic life across all phases of education.


Progress 8 (P8) is a measure of how our students have performed 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, and comparing the 2015 results to 2018 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 2015, the P8 score was -0.59, in 2016 and 2017, Bruntcliffe Academy achieved a P8 score of +0.07, which, again, was in line with the national average. In 2018, the progress 8 score was +0.25, above national average. What we have seen in the space of 3 years is a shift in progress in our students equivalent to over half a grade on each GCSE.  This is a remarkable testament to the hard work of our students and staff in embracing a culture of success. It also shows how the success students experience at the academy year on year, is a result of deep consolidation of expectations, teaching and learning.

This is further reinforced by the strong progress seen across all measures in 2018, including: English, Mathematics, Ebacc and the Open subjects. Progress across all elements indicates that student at the Bruntcliffe Academy are performing above national average.

Element The Bruntcliffe Academy National Comparison
English +0.19 -0.04
Mathematics +0.07 -0.02
Ebacc +0.02 -0.03
Open +0.62 -0.04

The cohort of 2018 on entry were significantly below national average for their KS2 Average Point Score, with 19% of the cohort identified as having Lower Prior Attainment and 59% as Middle Prior Attainment. Through our high expectations, high aspiration and a personalised approach to teaching, these students have made huge gains in learning. This is evidenced by their excellent progress 8 scores of +0.42 for the Lower Prior Attainment and +0.38 for the Middle Prior Attainment Learners in 2018.


Attainment 8 (A8) 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 2018 the average A8 score for students at Bruntcliffe Academy was 43.6 (+0.7 from 2017), in Leeds it was 44.6 (-0.2 from 2017), and nationally it was 44.3 (-0.1 from 2017). This indicates that the provision at Bruntcliffe Academy is of exceptional quality allowing students with much lower prior attainment to ‘hold their own’ against the national and local averages. In other words, the academy is adding value to their education in noticeable and measurable ways.

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