Key Performance Indicators for 2019
(Validated performance indicators for 2019 should be released over the next few months)


% achieving a strong pass in English and Mathematics
(national avg. is 43.0%)


Progress 8
(national avg. is -0.03)


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 to great success. Results in 2019 presented a marked improvement on the results from 2018 with the school surpassing the national average of 43.0% by 15% in respect of students achieving a grade 5+ in English and mathematics. The Attainment 8 score in 2019 is also much stronger for students at The Farnley Academy (51.7) in comparison to students in Leeds (44.8) and students nationally (46.5). This is a testament to the high standard of teaching and learning which are key drivers of the outstanding results at The Farnley Academy.

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

The Farnley Academy 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 higher than other schools in Leeds. It is also worth noting that between 2017 and 2019, on average most schools nationally have observed no increase in the percentage of students achieving grade 5+ in English and mathematics, for example, in Leeds a 2.2% increase took place, whereas, at The Farnley Academy, there has been an increase of 21.0%. We are certain that through our forensic approach to assessment and our meticulously crafted Curriculum and Rubric Mapping enriched with high levels of literacy and numeracy, our students will continue to secure exceptional outcomes in the future.


National (43.0%)
Leeds (41.2%)
The Farnley Academy (58.0%)

Attainment 8

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. The trend in high achievement continued in 2019 with The Farnley Academy students securing an average Attainment 8 score of 51.7 compared to 46.5 nationally. Between 2017 and 2019, nationally, schools on average, have seen an increase in their Attainment 8 score of +0.2, whereas, at The Farnley Academy, there has been an impressive increase of +2.7.


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 highly personalised approach to teaching, learning and assessment, students at The Farnley Academy achieved a Progress 8 score of +0.61 in 2019, placing the academy significantly above the national average and amongst the top performing schools nationally. This exceptional progress is mirrored across all subject areas.

Element The Farnley Academy National Comparison
English +0.42 -0.04
Mathematics +0.74 -0.02
Ebacc +0.35 -0.03
Open +0.88 -0.04

The academy has seen a marked improvement in the progress made by key groups, including those students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our relentless drive to maintain high standards and expectations has supported the disadvantaged cohort with making strong progress, indeed on average, disadvantaged students achieved a third of a grade higher in each of their GCSE subjects than other non-disadvantaged students nationally from the same KS2 starting point. 

For the Low Prior Attainment group, progress within the open element, was significantly above national average and in the highest 20% of schools nationally in 2019, as well as in 2018 and 2017. For the Middle Prior Attainers, progress within the EBacc subjects was significantly above national average and within the highest 20% of all schools in 2019.

The English Baccalaureate

At The GORSE Academies Trust we are committed to ensuring all our students are able to access a curriculum that is traditional in its high academic standards, including a wide range of GCSE options, such as 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 2019 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 36.2% 38.2% 40.0%
Average Ebacc Point Score 4.37 3.89 4.06

Within the EBacc element, value added by the science and the humanities subjects was identified as being significantly above the national average.

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