2019 Provisional* GCSE outcomes

Measure 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 Difference
Cohort Size 171 184 113
Progress 8 Overall 0.08 0.24 0.32 +0.08
Basics 5+% 28.1 28.8 39.8 +11%
Basics 4+% 53.8 59.2 59.3 +0.1%
English 5+% 39 52.2 56.6 +4.4%
English 4+% 59 76.1 70.8 -5.3%
Maths 5+% 33 39.1 43.4 +4.3%
Maths 4+% 60 63.6 62.8 -0.8%
Attainment 8 English 9.35 9.15 -0.20
Attainment 8 Mathematics 7.92 7.98 +0.06

New specification GCSE’s

From 2017, English Language, English Literature and mathematics were examined against new, more challenging specification GCSEs, with 9 to 1 grading.

  • A grade 7 is aligned to a legacy grade A.
  • A grade 4 is aligned to a legacy grade C.
  • A grade 1 is aligned to a legacy grade G.

Other subjects moved to new 9 to 1 specifications in 2018, and the remainder will follow in 2019.

Vocational qualifications (BTECs, VCerts etc.) will remain on Distinction* to Pass grading, although the specifications for these are also being made more rigorous.

Accountability measures

All school performance is now measured in the following ways, from results at the end of Year 11:

  • The percentage of students achieving a strong pass (grade 5 or above) in English and mathematics
  • Students’ average grade in their EBacc subjects (English, mathematics, two sciences, geography or history and a language)
  • Students’ average Attainment 8 score (the average grade in 8 subjects including English, mathematics, 3 EBacc subjects and 3 other subjects)
  • Students’ average Progress 8 score (the difference between our students’ Attainment 8 and that of students with the same KS2 data nationally)

Percentage achieving strong pass (Grade 5 and above) in English and Mathematics

Bruntcliffe Academy students have exceptional teaching in all subjects.

2019 Results


Achieving a strong pass in English and Maths
(4.8% above the national average)


Progress 8
(national average is 0)


Attainment 8
(national average to 44.5)


Ebacc Average Point score
(national average is 3.85)

National (43.0%)
Leeds (41.2%)
Bruntcliffe Academy (40.0%)

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 with us. The average A8 score for Bruntcliffe Academy students was 43.55, and nationally it was 47.4. Whilst our A8 score is below the national figure we are continuing to improve year after year and anticipate Attainment scores to exceed the national figures in 2019/20.


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 fairer measure of progress than previous performance measures.

Bruntcliffe Academy achieved a P8 score of +0.32 (unvalidated), placing it above average for schools in Leeds and nationally. These results would place Bruntcliffe Academy in the top 25% of schools nationally for progress.

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

Cohort Lower Ability Middle Ability High Ability
Progress 8 +0.48 +0.44 -0.04

It can be seen that lower and middle prior attaining studnets are achieving results around one half of a grade above those similar students nationally. We recognise that a major area of focus, and part of our partnership work with colleagues across The GORSE Academies Trust will involve supporting the higher rates of progress of our higher prior attaining students in 2019-20.

% 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 Bruntcliffe 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.

BA Leeds National
Cohort entry for Ebacc 20.4% 38.2% 40.0%
Ebacc average points score 3.54 3.89 4.07