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

39.5%

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

+0.46

Progress 8
(national avg. is -0.03)

49.61

Attainment 8
(national avg. is 46.5)

Summary

In 2017, The Ruth Gorse Academy celebrated being recognised as Outstanding by Ofsted following an inspection in which teaching, learning and assessment were identified as the ‘core businesses’ of the academy. The inspection team recognised that through a highly personalised approach to planning, teachers expertly met the needs of pupils and as a result, all groups of pupils made rapid progress from their different starting points. This was also a contributing factor in the academy securing World Class Schools’ status in December 2018.

In 2019, the academy’s first Year 11 cohort completed their GCSE examinations and did exceptionally well.  On average students at The Ruth Gorse Academy secured approximately half a grade higher in each of their GCSE subjects than other students of the same KS2 starting point nationally.  This is a phenomenal achievement and we are incredibly proud of our young people.

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 results of 2019 saw The Ruth Gorse Academy students perform noticeably better than those nationally, with an average Attainment 8 score of 49.6 compared to 46.5 nationally and 44.8 in Leeds. This is supported by strong results across all subject areas, including languages in which 100% of students studying a language secured a grade 4+, placing the results for languages within the highest 20% of schools nationally.

Progress

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. In its first year of the Progress 8 measure, The Ruth Gorse Academy has ranked above average, achieving a Progress 8 score of +0.46.

When comparing the progress of different prior attainment groups, students at The Ruth Gorse Academy have made considerably more progress than students nationally. For the lower prior attainment group, progress within the English element was significantly above the national average and in the highest 20% of schools nationally.

It is also worth noting the school pupil deprivation indicator was in quintile 5 which indicates that our students at the Ruth Gorse Academy come from some of the most deprived areas in the country. Regardless of background, all students make exceptional progress at The Ruth Gorse Academy, and those from a disadvantaged backgrounds make more progress than the non-disadvantaged students nationally.

Through the delivery of a broad and a balanced curriculum, which is highly challenging, engaging and personalised to the needs of all students, The Ruth Gorse Academy achieved a strong progress profile in each of the elements as the table below shows.

Element The Morley Academy National Comparison
English +0.11 -0.04
Mathematics +0.11 -0.02
Ebacc +0.55 -0.03
Open +0.83 -0.04

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 The Ruth Gorse 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. Our 2019 results show that students at The Ruth Gorse Academy secured a higher EBacc average point score compared to students nationally and in Leeds.

The Ruth Gorse Academy Leeds Average National Average
Average Ebacc Point Score 4.27 3.89 4.06

Within the EBacc element, value added within the humanities subjects and Modern Foreign Languages was identified to be significantly above national average and within the top 20% of schools nationally.

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