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Ofsted and performance data

OFSTED AND PERFORMANCE DATA 2017

Schools are judged predominantly on the attainment and progress of their students. At Kirk Balk Academy we believe that our students are as capable, if not more capable, than any other student elsewhere in the country. To that end, we often compare how well our students are doing in relation to all students nationally. We like to do this in 4 year 'chunks' so that all of our stakeholders, including parents and carers, can see how we are improving over time.

We are improving year on year and our current, internal data suggests clearly that we are on track to achieve record breaking results in all areas come the summer of 2018.

What is reflected below are our trends over time in relation to the attainment of our students, the progress that they make and some key information about our attendance statistics.

Please note that Kirk Balk Academy is a new academy, opened in 2015, and the first set of results for Kirk Balk Academy are those in 2016, with the latest being those in 2017. The results in the tables below that are attributed to Kirk Balk Academy, as opposed to Kirk Balk Community College, have the header in the table colored in blue.

That said, we have included the results from the legacy school, Kirk Balk Community College, to help all stakeholders understand how we compare.

Should you require any specific information about achievement or standards then please feel free to contact Mr Buckley, Head of Academy, using the information provided in the contact us sections.

2017 Headline Results - Attainment

Attainment at Key Stage 4 - % of students achieving a Standard Pass (Grades 9 to 4) or the equivalent of the 'old style' A*-C grades in English and Maths ('The Standard Pass 'Basics')

% achieving 9-4 (or A*-C) in English and Maths

2014

2015

2016

2017

Kirk Balk Figure

52

52

59

64

National Figure

58

58

62

63*

Difference

-6

-6

-3

+1*

Achievement in this area should be judged in terms of how well our students at Kirk Balk do compared to all students nationally. As you can see results in 2016 as Kirk Balk Academy were much improved and were brought broadly in line with national figures. In 2017, results on this measure improved further with students at Kirk Balk Academy, for the first time ever, performing better than the national average for all students. Our internal data suggests that results will improve again in 2018 with students at Kirk Balk set to significantly outperform students from other schools nationally.

Attainment at Key Stage 4 - % of students achieving a Strong Pass (Grades 9 to 5) or the in English and Maths ('The Strong Pass 'Basics')

% achieving 9-5

in English and Maths

2016

2017

Kirk Balk Figure

18

43

National Figure

N/A

39*

Difference

N/A

+4*

This is a new measure of performance, introduced for the first time this year. We are still waiting for the finalised national average figure. Although a new measure, we calculated what our figure would have been in 2016 to help give stakeholders some idea as to how we would have compared. As you can see, the differences in performance in this area is stark, with the academy predicting to improve significantly in 2018. A useful guide on the new grading system is available on our website.

Attainment at Key Stage 4 - % of students achieving the English Baccalaureate or E-Bacc at a 'Standard Pass' (using grade 4+ in English and Maths and equivalent to the 'old style' A*-C)

% achieving the E-Bacc (using 4+ for E+M)

2014

2015

2016

2017

Kirk Balk Figure

25

25

17

18

National Figure

24

24

24

24*

Difference

+1

+1

-7

-6*

Over time, students at Kirk Balk have traditionally out-performed students nationally when it comes to attainment in the English Baccalaureate subjects. The English Baccalaureate is a performance measure, not a qualification. The measure shows where students have secured a C grade or better (now a grade 4+ in English and Maths) across a core of academic subjects which include English, Maths, History or Geography, the Sciences and a Language (German or Spanish at Kirk Balk)

After a slight dip in 2016 and a mild improvement in 2017, our internal data suggests that this figure will rise again in 2017 and we are particularly proud of our students for their performance against this measure.

Attainment at Key Stage 4 - % of students achieving the English Baccalaureate or E-Bacc at a 'Strong Pass' (using grade 4+ in English and Maths and equivalent to the 'old style' A*-C)

% achieving the E-Bacc (using 5+ for E+M)

2017

Kirk Balk Figure

18

National Figure

20*

Difference

-2*

Attainment at Key Stage 4 - % of students achieving a Grade 4 (or the 'old style Grade C') or higher in the English Element

% achieving a 'C' or higher in English

2014

2015

2016

2017

Kirk Balk Figure

69

75

66

78

National Figure

65

65

74 (Eng Element)

74*(Eng Element)

Difference

+4

+10

-9

+4

Attainment at Key Stage 4 - % of students achieving a Grade 4 (or the 'old style Grade C') or higher in the Maths Element

% achieving a 'C' or higher in Maths

2014

2015

2016

2017

Kirk Balk Figure

61

55

68

68

National Figure

63

63

60

68*

Difference

-2

-8

0

0*

In English, students at Kirk Balk Academy now out-perform students nationally when it comes to attainment. Performance in Maths has improved and students achieve in line with students nationally. Our internal data suggests that attainment will rise in 2018 with students performing in English and in Maths well above national benchmarks.

2017 Headline Results - Progress 8 and Attainment 8

NEW LEAGUE TABLE MEASURES

The government and public (both as parents and taxpayers) have a right to understand how effective schools, colleges and academies are in their work. There is a clear need for appropriate accountability mechanisms to support this.

Successive governments have determined which of the headline measures within the national performance tables they believe to be a national priority and/or best reflect their views on how to quantify effectiveness. These measures have changed over time. Most recently the emphasis has been on the percentage of students who achieve five or more A*- C grades, including English and Mathematics and information on this measure has been provided to you on this page.

In light of a complete review of the current accountability system, there are a new set of measures which are now in operation.

At the end of their time in secondary education, schools and academies will now be held to account via what is called the 'Progress 8' indicator.

This represents a shift in focus away from raw attainment in favor of progress through all grade boundaries in a number of subjects. Alongside Progress 8, there will be other important headline measures. These include what is now called the 'strong pass basics' measure. This is the percentage of students achieving at least grade 5 in both English and Mathematics. This year, we have also published the percentage of students achieving at least grade 4 in both English and Mathematics (the 'standard pass basics') as this compares more easily to the old A*-C grades. Also high profile is the percentage of students who achieve The English Baccalaureate (Ebacc).

We appreciate that some of this information may appear complex to parents and carers not overly familiar with educational terminology. However, we feel that in the interests of transparency, all of our partners should have access to this information.

Should you require any further information in this regard then please do not hesitate to contact the Head of Academy, Mr D. Buckley, to discuss these changes further. A useful guide is also available on our website.

Progress 8

Progress 8 Score

OVERALL

2016

2017

Kirk Balk Figure

-0.41

-0.27*

National Figure

0.00

0.00

Difference

-0.41

-0.27*

*Please note that we do not have the actual, validated Progress 8 scores for 2017 yet. The score presented here is the provisional score that is currently also published on the school league table websites.

Please note that Progress 8 scores by each 'element' are available by contacting the academy. Our projections for 2018 show a significantly improving picture with regards to progress across all elements.

Attainment 8

Attainment 8 Score

OVERALL

2016

2017

Kirk Balk Figure

47.12

-46.70*

National Figure

49.50

44.20*

Difference

-2.38

+2.50

*Please note that we do not have the actual, validated Attainment 8 scores for 2017 yet. The score presented here is the provisional score that is currently also published on the school league table websites.

Please note that Attainment 8 scores by each 'element' are available by contacting the academy. Our projections for 2018 show an improving picture with regards to progress across all elements.

2017 Headline Results - Attendance

Attendance - % Inverse of sessions missed due to Overall Absence

% Attendance

2014

2015

2016

2017

Kirk Balk Figure

95.3

95.0

94.6

95.0

National Figure

94.9

94.8

95.0

95.0*

Difference

+0.4

+0.2

-0.4

0.0*

Extensive work has occurred with regards to improving attendance at Kirk Balk over the past three years. Students now come to school as regularly as those that do nationally. Overall, our attendance has been strong over the past 4 years.

* Please note that the latest national average data has not yet been confirmed. Therefore, the provisional national figures have been used for the 2017 results set.

Stakeholders that are interested in the performance of the performance of those students for whom qualify for the Pupil Premium should visit our Pupil Premium Report by clicking here. This is updated annually.