Exam and assessment results

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Exam and assessment results

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Exam and Assessment Results

Schools are judged predominantly on the attainment and progress of their students. At NET 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.

The evidence below shows that our results are improving year on year. We couldn’t be prouder of our summer 2018 results; simply put they are the best the academy has every achieved and internal data suggests clearly that we are on track to achieve even better results in all areas come the summer of 2019.

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 NET Kirk Balk Academy is a new academy, opened in 2015, and the first set of results for NET Kirk Balk Academy are those in 2016, with the latest being those in 2018. 

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

2018 Headline Results – Attainment

Attainment at Key Stage 4:

% of students achieving a Strong Pass (Grades 9 to 5) or the English and Maths (‘The Strong Pass ‘Basics’)

% achieving 9-5

in English and Maths

2016 2017 2018
Kirk Balk Figure 18 43 56
National Figure N/A 39.6 unknown
Difference N/A +3.4 unknown

This is a new measure of performance, introduced for the first time in 2017. In 2017 we achieved 3.4% above the national average for this measure. In the summer 2018 exam series saw a 13% improvement on our 2017 results pushing us even further above the national average. Although this is 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.

Attainment at Key Stage 4:

% of students achieving a Standard Pass (Grades 9 to 4 – 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 2016 2017 2018
Kirk Balk Figure 59 64 73
National Figure 62 64 64*
Difference -3 +0 +9

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 & 2017 at Kirk Balk Academy were much improved and were brought broadly in line with national figures. In 2018 the academy is performing significantly better than the national average for all students. Our internal data suggests that results will improve again in 2019 with 80% of students at Kirk Balk predicted to achieve this measure.

Attainment at Key Stage 4:

% of students achieving the English Baccalaureate (or E-Bacc) at a ‘Strong Pass’ (grade 5+ in in English, Maths, Science, a humanity and a language)

% achieving the E-Bacc (using 5+ for E+M) 2017 2018
Kirk Balk Figure 18 20
National Figure 19.7 20*
Difference -1.7 0

% of students achieving the English Baccalaureate (or E-Bacc) at a ‘Standard Pass’ (grade 4+ in English, Maths, Science, a humanity and a language)

% achieving the E-Bacc (using 4+ for E+M) 2016 2017 2018
Kirk Balk Figure 17 18 22
National Figure 24 23.8 23.8*
Difference -7 -5.8 -1.8

The English Baccalaureate is a performance measure, not a qualification. The measure shows where students have secured a grade 4 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). In the 2018 exam series, Kirk Balk achieved the highest percentage of students achieving the EBacc in the local authority. We are particularly proud of our students for their performance against this measure.

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 2016 2017 2018
Kirk Balk Figure 66 78 82
National Figure 74 74 74*
Difference -9 +4 +8

% 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 2016 2017 2017
Kirk Balk Figure 68 68 77
National Figure 60 68 68*
Difference 0 0 +9

In English, for the second year running students at Kirk Balk Academy have out-performed students nationally when it comes to attainment. Performance in Maths has improved massively and students at Kirk Balk also out-perform other students nationally. Our internal data suggests that attainment will rise again in 2019.

Entering EBacc

% entering EBacc 2018
Kirk Balk Figure 28
Local Authority 27.40
National 38.40

2018 Headline Results – Progress 8 and Attainment 8

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.

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

OVERALL

2016 2017 2018
Kirk Balk Figure -0.41 -0.28 -0.10*
National Figure 0.00 0.00 0.00
Difference -0.41 -0.28 -0.10

*Please note that we do not have the actual Progress 8 scores for 2018 yet. These are an estimate and will be updated once the information has been released by the Department for Education.

Please note that Progress 8 scores by each ‘element’ are available by contacting the academy. Our projections for 2019 show an improving picture with regards to progress across all elements.

Attainment 8

Attainment 8 Score

OVERALL

2016 2017 2018
Kirk Balk Figure 47.1 46.8 46.7*
National Figure 49.5 44.6 44.6*
Difference -2.4 +2.2 +2.1

*Please note that we do not have the actual Attainment 8 scores for 2018 yet. These are an estimate and will be updated once the information has been released by the Department for Education.

Please note that Attainment 8 scores by each ‘element’ are available by contacting the academy. Our projections for 2019 show an improving picture with regards to progress across all elements.

2018 Headline Results – Attendance

% Inverse of sessions missed due to Overall Absence

% Attendance 2016 2017 2018
Kirk Balk Figure 94.2 94.6 95.2*
National Figure 95.0 94.6 94.6*
Difference -0.8 0.0 +0.6

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.

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

Destinations Data

Please find below details of student destination data for Kirk Balk Academy leavers.

This measures the number of pupils who either stayed in education or went into employment after year 11.

The data published in the 2016 column is for pupils who finished year 11 in 2014, which is the most recent data currently available.

% of Year 11 leavers
Destination 2014 2015 2016
Education 94.6 87.71 90.3
Training 0.41 5.08 1.5
Employment with Training 2.90 6.35 6.2
NEET 0.41 0.4 1.0
Not Known 0.41 0 0
% of Year 11 leavers in Learning (Education + Training + Employment with training)
2014 2015 2016
Kirk Balk Academy 97.91 99.14 98.0
Barnsley LA Average 93.6 97.1 97.2

Kirk Balk Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
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