The Farnley Academy

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The Farnley Academy2018-08-20T11:36:44+00:00

% achieving a strong pass in English and Maths
(2.1% below the national avg.)


Progress 8
(national avg. is 0)


Attainment 8
(national avg. is 44.2)


% achieving the English Baccalaureate at Grade 5/C and above
(3.5% above the national avg.)


The Farnley Academy has weathered a great deal of upheaval due to national reforms in education, including the introduction of the new GCSE grading system in English and Mathematics. Adapting to the new landscape is challenging but one to which the staff and leaders of the school will continue to rise. Results in 2017 presented a mixed picture with a very solid base when we consider performances at Grade 4 and above in English and Mathematics, but with further development to take place during the 2017-18 academic year in order to continue the high standards and improvements seen by the school since it became a major part of The GORSE Academies Trust.

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

TFA students experience a very solid academic platform from which to consolidate learning and to prepare for examinations. Results at Grade 4 and above are noticeably above those of the national average and considerably more than other schools in Leeds.

At Grade 5 and above we can see TFA in line with both the national and Leeds averages, but we will be unstinting in ensuring that in 2018 the results are significantly above both. This characterises the exceptionally high standards that we hold dear at all of our academies.


National (39.1%)
Leeds (38.7%)
The Farnley Academy (37%)


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. Although 2017 results cannot be compared directly to previous years because of the change in the GCSE points score, we can see TFA students performing noticeably better than those nationally, with an average Attainment 8 score of 48.9 compared to 44.2 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 2017, TFA achieved a P8 score of +0.13, placing it around the average for schools in Leeds and nationally. According to the Fischer Family Trust, these results would place The Farnley Academy in the top third of schools nationally for both attainment and progress.

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

Cohort Lower Ability Middle Ability
Progress 8 +0.73 +0.27

It can be seen that lower ability students are achieving results around ¾ of a grade above those similar students nationally, and the middle ability students around 1/3 of a grade above. We recognise that a major area of focus, and part of our partnership work with The Morley Academy will involve supporting the higher rates of progress of our higher ability students in 2018.

% 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 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 2017 results show above average entries for the Ebacc, and above average success.

The Farnley Academy Leeds Average National Average
Entry for Ebacc 34% 37.8% 34.9%
% of students achieving the Ebacc at Grade 4 and above 28% 23.3% 23.5%
% of students achieving the Ebacc at Grade 5 and above 23% 20.5% 19.5%

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