At The Morley Academy we pride ourselves on ensuring that the performance of our students is truly exceptional. To this end, over recent years the academy has performed in line with the top 10% of schools nationally and on occasions has performed in line with the top 5% of schools nationally.

Within this we place an absolute priority on ensuring that students from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve the highest standard of education so that they do not start behind their peers nationally. In fact, disadvantaged students at The Morley Academy significantly outperform non-disadvantaged students nationally.

The primary indicator of school performance is now Progress 8, however the DfE performance tables will also reference the following key headline measures:

  • Progress across 8 subjects
  • Attainment across the same 8 subjects
  • Percentage of pupils achieving the threshold in English and mathematics. A grade 4 will be referred to as a ‘standard pass’ and a grade 5 as a ‘good pass’
  • Percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate.

Progress 8 is calculated by determining each student’s performance across a range of eight different subjects (English, Mathematics, three EBacc subjects and three other GCSE or high quality GCSE equivalent outcomes) and then comparing 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 will be aggregated to give a Progress 8 score for each school. For example, if a school’s progress 8 score is +0.5 it means that students at that school have, on average, achieved half a grade higher in each of their subjects than other students of the same starting point nationally.

Progress of All Students
TMA Whole Cohort National Average Difference to National Average
2016 +0.41 -0.03 +0.44
2017 +0.64 -0.03 +0.67
2018 +0.53 -0.02 +0.55
2019 +0.71 *
Progress of Disadvantaged Students
TMA Disadvantaged Students National Average for Non-Disadvantaged Students Difference to National Average
2016 +0.21 +0.1 +0.2
2017 +0.77 +0.11 +0.66
2018 +0.36 +0.13 +0.23
2019 +0.63 *

We are delighted that the Progress 8 score for 2018 is +0.53 which places The Morley Academy within the top 10% of schools nationally. Furthermore, our Progress 8 Score for disadvantaged students is +0.36.

This clearly demonstrates the exceptional progress that all students have made during their time with us.

Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a student across 8 qualifications including Mathematics (double weighted) and English (double weighted), 3 further qualifications that count in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) measure and 3 further qualifications that can be GCSE qualifications (including EBacc subjects) or any other non-GCSE qualifications on the DfE approved list. Each individual grade a pupil achieves is assigned a point score, which is then used to calculate a student’s Attainment 8 score.

Attainment of All Students
TMA Whole Cohort National Average Difference to National Average
2016 53.8 49.9 +3.9
2017 53 46.3 +6.7
2018 53.9 46.5 +7.4
2019 54.1 *
Attainment of Disadvantaged Students
TMA Disadvantaged Students National Average for Non Disadvantaged Students Difference to National Average
2016 47.5 53.3 -5.8
2017 48.8 49.8 -1.0
2018 48.8 50.1 -1.3
2019 45.7 *
We are delighted that our Attainment 8 scores for 2018 is 53.9, which exceeds the Leeds Local Authority 2018 Attainment 8 score of 44.8 and the National Average of 46.5.

Following the introduction of the reformed GSCEs in English Literature, English Language and Mathematics GCSEs the grading system for these subjects has now moved from letters (A*-G) to a numerical 9 to 1 system, with 9 being the highest grade. The government has decided to describe a grade 4 as a ‘standard pass’ and a grade 5 as a ‘strong pass’.? A grade 4 and above is equivalent to a C and above: if pupils do not achieve this level they will be required to continue studying English and Mathematics Post- 16. Where employers, FE providers and universities currently accept a grade C, they are expected to continue recognising a grade 4.

% of Students Achieving Grade 4+ in English and Mathematics
TMA Whole Cohort National Average Difference to National Average
2016 73% 63% +10%
2017 82% 64% +18%
2018 80% 64.2% +15.8
2019 82.5% *
% of Students Achieving Grade 5+ in English and Mathematics
TMA Whole Cohort National Average Difference to National Average
2016 73% 63% +10%
2017 56% 43% +13%
2018 53% 43.3% +9.7%
2019 59% *
In 2017 82.07% of students achieved a Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics. This places the academy as the top performing school in the city, exceeding the Leeds?Local Authority 2017 attainment for a 4+ in English and Mathematics of 61.7% by 20.37%.

Performance Tables

To compare the academy’s impressive 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. 

All figures marked by an asterisk (*) are provisional