Kirk Balk Academy

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Ofsted and performance data

OFSTED AND PERFORMANCE DATA -

Updated November 2016

Schools are judged predominantly on the attainment and progress of their students. At Kirk Balk 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 2017.

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 (the end column in every table).

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.


2016 Headline Results - Attainment


Attainment at Key Stage 4:

% of students achieving A*-C grades in English and Maths ("The Basics")

% achieving A*-C in English and Maths

2013

2014

2015

2016

Kirk Balk Figure

54

52

52

59

National Figure

60

58

58

62*

Difference

-6

-6

-6

-3

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 are much improved and now are broadly in line with national figures. Based on comparable figures to national trends, our internal data suggests that results will improve again in 2017 with students at Kirk Balk set to significantly outperform students from other schools nationally.


Attainment at Key Stage 4:

% of students achieving the English Baccalaureate or E-Bacc

% achieving the E-Bacc

2013

2014

2015

2016

Kirk Balk Figure

19

25

25

17

National Figure

22

24

24

24*

Difference

-3

+1

+1

-7*

Students at Kirk Balk have 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 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, 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 a grade "C" or higher in English

% achieving a "C" or higher in English

2013

2014

2015

2016

Kirk Balk Figure

62

69

75

65

National Figure

67

65

65

74* (Eng Element)

Difference

-5

+4

+10

-9

Attainment at Key Stage 4:

% of students achieving a grade "C" or higher in Maths

% achieving a "C" or higher in Maths

2013

2014

2015

2016

Kirk Balk Figure

64

61

55

68

National Figure

73

63

63

68*

Difference

-9

-2

-8

0*

Students at Kirk Balk Academy now out-perform students nationally when it comes to attainment in Maths. Performance in English has been strong overtime and remains strong despite the English Element national average rising due to the Language/Literature dynamic. Our internal data suggests that attainment will rise in 2017 with students performing in English and in Maths well above national benchmarks


Attainment at Key Stage 4:

% of students achieving 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths

% achieving 5 or more A*-C including English and

Maths

2013

2014

2015

2016

Kirk Balk Figure

54

51

51

57

National Figure

60

55

56

56*

Difference

-6

-4

-5

+1*


2016 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 "basics" measure. This is the percentage of students achieving at least grade C in both English and Mathematics. 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.


Progress 8


Progress 8 Score

2013

2014

2015

2016

Kirk Balk Figure

N/A

N/A

N/A

-0.40

National Figure

N/A

N/A

N/A

0.00

Difference

N/A

N/A

N/A

-0.40


The aim is for schools and academies to score positively with regards to their Progress 8 score (above 0)

A progress 8 score of "0" means that the students at the academy made average progress when compared to other students nationally.

A score of "+0.5" means that students get half a grade higher in their subjects as a result of going to the academy when compared to other students nationally.

Similarly, a score of "-0.5" means that students get half a grade lower in their subjects as a result of going to the academy when compared to other students nationally. A school below this figure would not meet the minimum expectations set by the government (known as the "floor standard")

Please note that Progress 8 scores by each "element" are available by contacting the academy. Our projections for 2017 show an improving picture with regards to progress across all elements.


Attainment 8


Attainment 8 Score

2013

2014

2015

2016

Kirk Balk Figure

N/A

N/A

N/A

47.07

National Figure

N/A

N/A

N/A

49.34

Difference

N/A

N/A

N/A

-2.27


Progress at Key Stage 4 :

% of students making Expected Progress in English

% making Expected Progress in English

2013

2014

2015

2016

Kirk Balk Figure

58

68

70

67

National Figure

69

70

70

70*

Difference

-11

-2

0

-3*

Progress at Key Stage 4:

% of students making Expected Progress in Maths

% making Expected Progress in Maths

2013

2014

2015

2016

Kirk Balk Figure

57

50

49

50

National Figure

70

65

65

65*

Difference

-13

-15

-16

-15*

We value the importance of progress above everything else. A colossal amount of work has been undertaken with English with our students now performing broadly in line with students nationally. The academy is currently undertaking extensive work, alongside Maths, to ensure that progress in this area is accelerated. Our internal data suggests that progress in Maths will at least equal that of last years' national averages in this area. Please note however, levels of progress are now obsolete due to the eradication of national curriculum levels. More information can be found by viewing our "Life After Levels" parents' guide on our website.


2016 Headline Results - Attendance


Attendance:

% of sessions missed due to Overall Absence

% Attendance

2013

2014

2015

2016

Kirk Balk Figure

93.9

95.3

95.0

94.6

National Figure

94.1

94.9

94.8

95.0*

Difference

-0.2

+0.4

+0.2

-0.4*

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. Attendance has been strong over the past 3 years in particular.

* Please note that the latest national average data has not yet been confirmed. Therefore the un validated national figures from 2016 RaiseONLINE (RoL) have been used for the 2016 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.


Ofsted report


Note - Kirk Balk converted to an academy with Northern Education Trust on 1st March 2015 and as such has not yet been formally inspected

Click the link below to view the DfE performance table for Kirk Balk Academy

https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/schoo