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.
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.