% achieving a good pass in English and Maths
(10.4% above the national avg.)


Progress 8
(national avg. is 0)


Attainment 8
(national avg. is 49.34)


% achieving the English Baccalaureate
(1% above the national avg.)


In a year of great change in terms of the measurement of student performance, The Farnley Academy (as part of the GORSE Academies Trust), has adapted to the new performance measures through strategic planning and embracing the new measures. Our young people have flourished at all ability levels and we are exceptionally proud of their efforts and achievements. 2016 saw the old threshold measure of 5A*-Cs phased out and replaced by Progress 8. The Farnley Academy had taken part in an opt-in trial in 2015, giving us a valuable insight into how the new measure would unfold for us.

% achieving A*-C in English and Maths

The Farnley Academy has had a growing reputation for academic excellence over the last 10 years, and has undergone a profound transformation, to become one of the top performing schools consistently in Leeds and nationally. The data below shows how The Farnley Academy has outperformed schools in Leeds and nationally for attainment. It can be seen that our students perform significantly better than other students in these important subjects. This is crucial for the continued success of our students in further study and in the workplace.


National (62.6%)
Leeds (58.7%)
The Farnley Academy (73%)
National (59.2%)
Leeds (55.8%)
The Farnley Academy (73%)
National (58.9%)
Leeds (53.3%)
The Farnley Academy (69%)


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 2015 the average A8 score for TFA students was 51.2, and nationally it was 47.4. In 2016, TFA students on average achieved an A8 score of 53.8 points, compared to 48 in Leeds, and 49.8 nationally.


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, The Farnley Academy took part in a national trial and we achieved the highest ranking P8 score in Leeds, as well as becoming one of the top schools in the country for progress. Indeed, we were described as performing “well above average”.

In 2016, TFA achieved a P8 score of +0.56, making it the top performing schools in Leeds. On average our students were achieving over half a grade better than students in schools nationally in their GCSE exams. This was an improvement on a P8 score of +0.3 in 2015. TFA is now ranked in the Top 200 P8 Schools in the country.

The following table shows how well we have worked with some specific cohorts of students:

Cohort Lower Ability Middle Ability Higher Ability Disadvantaged
Progress 8 +0.66 +0.59 +0.41 +0.21
National Rank Top 11% Top 8% Top 7% na

% achieving the English Baccalaureate

The Ebacc (English Baccalaureate) is a measure providing information about specific subject performance that includes the sciences, modern foreign languages and the humanities. At TFA 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 2016 results show above average entries for the Ebacc, and above average success.

The Farnley Academy Leeds Average National Average
Entry for Ebacc 44% 40.5% 36.6%
% of students achieving the Ebacc 25% 22.6% 22.8%

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