The Farnley Academy is committed to working with parents and carers as partners in learning.
We believe that it is extremely important for parents and carers to be kept informed of their children's progress throughout their time at The Farnley Academy. It is also essential that students know what their current level of performance is and understand what they need to do to improve further. For this reason, The Farnley Academy operates a system of Assessment Points; there are three Assessment Points a year for each year group. By being aware of when these Assessment Points take place, parents and carers can be better informed about their child's progress.
At each Assessment Point, students complete a reflection on their progress in each subject in the yellow pages at the back of their planner. They will have a conversation with each of their teachers and discuss the work that they have completed, their current position, successes as well as a specific target that will help them to move up to the next level or grade.
In addition to the use of the planner to communicate progress, The Farnley Academy also sends home summary reports after each Assessment Point. These summarise past and present levels of achievement, as well as effort in each subject area. It is important that parents and carers use this information to discuss their child's progress with them. At one point in Years 7 to 10 the summary report will also be accompanied by a Form Tutor report and Head of Year report. Discussions with teachers are also encouraged; if you have a question please do not hesitate to contact the school.
New Specification GCSEs:
The government has introduced new, more challenging specifications for GCSEs across all subjects. These will now be graded from 9 to 1 instead of A* to G. The grades have been aligned as follows:
- Grade 7 = Grade A
- Grade 4 = Grade C
- Grade 1 = Grade G
English and mathematics will be examined under the new specifications from 2017 (this only affects current Year 11 students).
The following subjects will be examined under the new specifications from 2018: science, humanities, languages, computer science, religious studies, art, technology, music and drama (this affects current Year 10 students).
Any remaining subjects (such as business studies and psychology) will be examined under the new specifications from 2019 (current Year 9 students).
New Performance Measures
In 2016 the government introduced a new set of performance measures for schools to work towards, as detailed below.
Attainment 8: This measures how well students perform across their best 8 subjects, including English, mathematics, 3 Ebacc subjects and 3 other subjects. Ebacc subjects include sciences, humanities and languages.
Progress 8: This measures the progress students make in the same 8 subjects as above, when compared to other students nationally with the same KS2 data.
Information on the above measures will be published once national results are released in the Autumn term 2016.
Percentage of students achieving a grade C or better in English and mathematics: Students must achieve a good pass in both subjects to count towards this measure.
In 2016 73% of students at the Farnley Academy achieved this measure (71% in 2015).
Ebacc: This measure involves students achieving C grades or better in English, mathematics, two sciences, a humanity and a language.
In 2016 25% of students at the Farnley Academy achieved the Ebacc (27% in 2015). The average across schools in the Leeds area was 23%.
Legacy Performance Measures
Whilst these are no longer used to measure school performance, it is useful to be able to compare to previous years' results.
Levels of progress:
In 2016 83% of students at the Farnley Academy made at least 3 levels of progress in mathematics from their KS2 level to their GSCE grade; this is the equivalent of entering the academy on a Level 5 in maths and securing a Grade B. The average across schools in the Leeds area was 66%.
In 2016 86% of students at the Farnley Academy made at least 3 levels of progress in English from their KS2 level to their GSCE grade; this is the equivalent of entering the academy on a Level 5 in English and securing a Grade B. The average across schools in the Leeds area was 72%.
Note that national data has not yet been released regarding levels of progress for 2016.
In 2016 71% of students at the Farnley Academy achieved 5 A*-C grades passes including English and mathematics. The average across schools in the Leeds area was 57%.
* Changes to the multiple entry system and qualifications included in the performance tables mean results from 2014 omwards should not be compared to years prior to 2014.
Note that national data has not yet been released regarding attainment for 2016.
Further information on results at The Farnley Academy can be found on the Department for Education’s website:
Please note: The Farnley Academy became an Academy on 1st February 2012 and the 2012-13 results are published under the Academy's previous name of the Farnley Maths and Computing College.