28%

% achieving a strong pass in English and Maths
(11.1% below the national avg.)

+0.07

Progress 8
(national avg. is 0)

42.9

Attainment 8
(national avg. is 44.2)

Summary

Bruntcliffe Academy became a part of The GORSE Academies Trust in 2015. In the 2 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 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. Internal quality assurance conducted by the central leadership team of The GORSE Academies Trust is finding teaching and learning to be outstanding in all areas and this is creating the gravitational pull that will see the school flourish as it approaches its next OFSTED inspection, but more importantly sees it develop depth in the way in which it prepares its young people for the rigours of academic life in key stages 3, 4 and 5.

% achieving Grade 4+ in English and Mathematics

When considering the headline measure of % of students achieving grade C and above in English and Mathematics, 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. Although not a direct comparison, one can see a continued trend of consolidation and improvement with a cohort of students significantly below the national average for KS2 prior attainment. This is a testament to the high standard of teaching and learning taking place and also the raised expectations embraced by our students. Of note is the closing of the gap between Bruntcliffe Academy and the rest of Leeds. This movement is a pivotal indicator for the quality of provision at the academy.

2017

Leeds (59.8%)
Bruntcliffe Academy (54%)

Attainment

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 2017 the average A8 score for BA students was 42.9, in Leeds it was 44.8, and nationally it was 44.2. 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 school is adding value to their education in noticeable and measureable ways.

Progress

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.

The 2017 Progress 8 score was +0.07. In 2016, BA achieved a P8 score of +0.07, which, again, was in line with the national average. In 2015, the P8 score was -0.59. What we have seen in the space of 24 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 2017 and 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. It also shows how the success is not a fluke but the result of deep consolidation of expectations and teaching and learning.

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