The Morley Academy was delighted to receive another set of fantastic GCSE results for the 2016 summer examination series where an outstanding 72% of students achieved 5A*-C including English and Mathematics. The GCSE results achieved equate to a Progress 8 score of 0.41 meaning that students at The Morley Academy achieved, on average, nearly half a grade higher in each of their GCSE subjects when compared to other students of the same starting point nationally. We are elated that this score places the academy within the top 12% of schools nationally, based on the new indicator for Key Stage Four performance.
This year the Department for Education have introduced a new headline indicator for Key Stage Four performance for all schools and academies: Progress 8. Progress 8, which was an optional measure in 2015, is calculated by determining each student’s performance across a range of eight different subjects (English, Mathematics, three EBacc subjects, please see below, and three other GCSE or high quality GCSE equivalent outcomes) and then compares this performance to the attainment of other students nationally who started secondary school with a similar Key Stage 2 results profile. A student will achieve a positive Progress 8 score if their performance is above that of other students nationally and a negative Progress 8 score if their performance is below that of other students nationally. Individual Progress 8 scores are aggregated to give a Progress 8 score for each school. The Progress 8 score of 0.41 demonstrates that all students at The Morley Academy, including our most disadvantaged students, have made outstanding progress, clearly exceeding the progress made by students with similar starting points. Without doubt, the results that the students have achieved will lay solid foundations for Post-16 programmes of study and facilitate their access into world class universities.
Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a pupil across 8 qualifications. These qualifications include:
- The pupil’s English Baccalaureate (EBacc) mathematics qualification, this is double weighted.
- The pupil’s EBacc English language or English literature qualification. This is double weighted provided a pupil has taken both qualifications.
- Any three of the EBacc qualifications in science subjects, computer science, history, geography and languages.
- Any three other subjects, including English language or literature (if not counted in the English slot), further GCSE qualifications (including additional EBacc subjects) or any other technical awards from the Department for Education (DfE) approved list.
The ultimate aim of the new Attainment 8 measure is to encourage schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, with an academic core, to all students.
In 2016 the overall Attainment 8 score for The Morley Academy was 53.8, which exceeded the National Attainment 8 score (48.5) by 5.3. Dividing the Attainment 8 score by 10 gives a pupil’s average GCSE grade. At The Morley Academy in 2016 this value was 5.38, a score which equates to a GCSE grade between a B and a C . The national data was 4.85, a score which equates to a GCSE grade between a C and a D.
To compare the impressive 2016 Key Stage Four performance with other schools in Leeds, and nationally, please refer to the School Performance Tables.
The School Performance Tables can be accessed using the following link: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance
Firstly, please highlight school or college and then enter ‘The Morley Academy’ into the search box.
The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)
The English Baccalaureate is a performance measure that looks at student performance in specific areas. Students who have secured A*-C grades in English, Mathematics, a Modern or Ancient Language, a Humanity (History or Geography) and two Science GCSEs are said to have achieved the English Baccalaureate. In 2015, 37% of students at the Morley Academy achieved the English Baccalaureate and the academy’s validated Progress 8 score for the EBacc subjects was 0.91 which represented outstanding performance. The national figure for the EBacc measure in 2015 was 22.5% and once again we are pleased to have exceeded this national figure in the 2016 summer examination series.
A Level Results
Key Stage 5 A Level results 2016
Colleagues at The Morley Academy were extremely pleased that virtually all students gained their place at university or secured a high level apprenticeship following the release of the A Level results.
This year a 97% pass rate was secured with well over 50% of the entries being awarded A*-C grades. A pleasing number of students secured a very impressive suite of 3 or more A* and A grades, facilitating their access to the best universities in the world.
These Key Stage 5 results are the final A Level results for The Morley Academy as we have now fully transitioned to become an 11-16 provision. We are, however, delighted that our 2015-16 cohort, and all our students from this point onwards, will have the opportunity to access The GORSE Academies Trust’s academic Post-16 provision, Elliott Hudson College. The latest AS Level results secured by the Year 12 cohort at Elliott Hudson College were outstanding, placing the college in the top 20% of providers nationally for student progress, and we look forward to celebrating the future successes of all our past and present students.
Further information regarding Elliott Hudson College can be found using the following link: www.elliotthudsoncollege.ac.uk