% 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
(3% above the national avg.)


In a year of great change in terms of the measurement of student performance, The Morley 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 Morley 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 Morley 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 Morley 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 Morley Academy (73%)
National (59.2%)
Leeds (55.8%)
The Morley Academy (71%)
National (58.9%)
Leeds (53.3%)
The Morley Academy (61%)


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 TMA students was 54, and nationally it was 47.4. In 2016, TMA students on average achieved an A8 score of 53.7 points, compared to 47 in Leeds, and 47.2 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 2015, The Morley 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, TMA achieved a P8 score of +0.41, making it one of the top performing schools in Leeds once again. On average our students were achieving almost half a grade better than students in schools nationally in their GCSE exams.

The following table shows how well we have worked with some specific cohorts of students and indicates just how committed we are to “closing the gap” for our disadvantaged students. In our development planning we recognise that, though our Higher Ability Learners do well compared to their peers nationally, this is an area of priority for us as an academy.

Cohort Lower Ability Middle Ability Higher Ability Disadvantaged
Progress 8 +0.56 +0.51 +0.09 +0.21
National Rank Top 15% Top 10% na 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 TMA 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. For 2016 our results are a mark of our continued success.

The Morley Academy Leeds Average National Average
Entry for Ebacc 70% 40.5% 36.6%
% of students achieving the Ebacc 27% 22.6% 24%

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