% 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)


The Farnley Academy has continued to excel in a climate of change and uncertainty due to national reforms in education, including the introduction of the new GCSE grading system. Adapting to the new landscape is challenging but one to which the staff and leaders of the school have risen with great success. Results in 2018 presented a marked improvement on the results from 2017 with the school surpassing the national average of 39.9% of students achieving grade 5+ by 5.1%. The attainment 8 score in 2018 is also much stronger for students at The Farnley Academy in comparison to students nationally. This is a testament to the high standard of teaching and learning which are key drivers of outstanding results at The Farnley Academy.

% Achieving Strong Pass (Grade 5 and above) in English and Mathematics

TFA students experience a secure academic platform from which to consolidate learning and to prepare for examinations. Results at Grade 5 and above are noticeably above those of the national average and considerably more than other schools in Leeds. It is also worth noting that between 2017 and 2018, on average most schools nationally have observed an increase of 0.8% in the number of students achieving grade 5+ in English and Mathematics, whereas, at The Farnley Academy, there has been an 8.0% increase. We will be tenacious in ensuring that results in 2019 are stronger than those observed in the previous years. This characterises the exceptionally high standards that we hold dear at all our academies.


National (39.9%)
Leeds (40.4%)
The Farnley Academy (45.0%)


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. In 2016, students at The Farnley Academy on average achieved an A8 score of 53.8 points, compared to 48.0 in Leeds, and 49.8 nationally. Although 2017 results cannot be compared directly to previous years because of the change in the GCSE points score, we see TFA students performing noticeably better than those nationally, with an average Attainment 8 score of 48.9 compared to 44.2 nationally. This trend in high achievement continued in to 2018 with TFA students securing an average Attainment 8 score of 47.8 compared to 44.3 nationally.


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.

Through our rigorous approach to teaching, learning and assessment, The Farnley Academy achieved a Progress 8 score of +0.26 in 2018, placing it above average for schools nationally. The overall progress in 2018 is strong across all prior attainment groups with the lower prior attainment group achieving a P8 score of +0.35, middle prior attainment group achieving +0.28 and the higher prior attainment group achieving +0.11. This strong progress is also evident across all subject areas:

Element The Farnley Academy National Comparison
English 0.36 +0.40
Mathematics 0.11 +0.13
Ebacc 0.2 +0.23
Open 0.24 +0.28

% achieving the English Baccalaureate

At The GORSE Academies Trust we are committed to ensuring all our students can access a curriculum that is traditional in its high academic standards, including a good spread of GCSE options, including Modern Foreign Languages, whilst also catering to a vocational element.

The Ebacc (English Baccalaureate) is a measure providing information about specific subject performance that includes the sciences, modern foreign languages and the humanities. At The Farnley Academy we aim to encourage as many of our students as possible to study a modern foreign language. We believe that this is inherently valuable for them in developing certain skills but may also provide an entry into varied careers involving working and communicating with people from foreign countries. In an increasingly interconnected world, this is a highly valuable skill-set to obtain. Our 2018 results show that students at The Farnley Academy secured a higher Ebacc average point score compared to students nationally and in Leeds.

The Farnley Academy Leeds Average National Average
Entry for Ebacc 33% 37% 35%
Average Ebacc Point Score 4.13 3.85 3.83

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