2018 Final Outcomes at GCSE and Sixth Form

GCSE 2016-17 2017-18 Difference
Progress 8 Overall -0.02 +0.22 +0.24
Progress 8 for students in receipt of the Pupil Premium -0.59 +0.06 +0.65
Basics 5+% 49% 47% -2%
Basics 4+% 68% 70% +2%
English 5+% 59% 62% +3%
English 4+% 78% 77% -1%
English P8 score -0.45 +0.04 +0.49
Maths 5+% 60% 51% -9%
Maths 4+% 74% 79% +5%
Maths P8 score +0.07 +0.33 +0.26
Attainment 8 English 9.66 10.37 +0.71
Attainment 8 Mathematics 9.79 10.06 +0.27


Points per entry 2016-17 2017-18 Difference
Points per entry 32.6 33.93 +1.33
Average Grade C+ C+
Value Added +0.21 +0.27 +0.06
Pass Rate 98% 99% +1
ALPS Grade 3 2 +1


New Specification GCSEs:

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)

% Achieving Strong Pass (Grade 5 and above) in English and Mathematics

BSA students experience a very solid academic platform from which to consolidate learning and to prepare for examinations. Results at Grade 4 and above are noticeably above those of the national average and considerably more than other schools in Leeds. At Grade 5 and above we can see BSA above the national and Leeds averages, but we will be unstinting in ensuring that in 2019 the results are significantly above both. This characterises the exceptionally high standards that we hold dear at all of our academies.

BARS: BSA 47%, Leeds average 40.4%, national average 33.9%

2018 Results

Achieving a strong pass in English and Maths
(6.6% above the Leeds average and 13.1% 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)


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. From 2017 results cannot be compared directly to previous years because of the change in the GCSE points score. In 2017 BSA students performed noticeably better than those nationally, with an average Attainment 8 score of 49.25 compared to 44.2 nationally. In 2018, BSA students achieved 50.31 compared to the national average of 44.3.


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.
In 2017, BSA achieved a P8 score of -0.02 (validated and including any remarks and late results), placing it at almost the national average of 0. In 2018, BSA achieved a P8 score of +0.22 placing it well above the national average of 0.

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

Cohort Lower Ability Middle Ability High Ability
Progress 8 2017 -0.37 -0.07 +0.08
Progress 8 2018 +0.49 +0.15 +0.19

It can be seen that lower ability students are achieving results around ½ 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 middle and higher ability students in 2018-9 but we are pleased to say this cohort still performed better than similar students nationally in 2018 following a significant improvement in all cohorts of students from 2017.

% 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 BSA 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. Our 2018 results show our attainment was marginally above the national average. As such, we recognise that this is an area for improvement as we move forward.


Boston Spa Academy Leeds Average National Average
Ebacc average points score 3.89 3.86 3.85