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 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 2020.

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.

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.

2019 Headline Results – Attainment

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 2018 2019
Kirk Balk Figure (18) 43 56 57
National Figure N/A 40 43 43*
Difference N/A +3 +13 +14*

% 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 2016 2017 2018 2019
Kirk Balk Figure 59 64 73 75
National Figure 62 64 64 64*
Difference -3 0 +9 +11*

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

% achieving the E-Bacc (using 5+) 2016 2017 2018 2019
Kirk Balk Figure N/A 18 20 8
National Figure N/A 20 20 20*
Difference N/A -2 0 -14*

% 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 4+) 2016 2017 2018 2019
Kirk Balk Figure 17 18 22 14
National Figure 24 24 24 24*
Difference -7 -6 -2 -10*

% of students Entering the Ebacc

% entering the Ebacc  2018 2019
Kirk Balk Figure 28 40
National Figure 38 38*

51% of current Y11 students are entered for the Ebacc

2019 Headline Results – Progress 8 and Attainment 8


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 Principal, Mr D. Buckley, to discuss these changes further. A useful guide is also available on our website.

Progress 8

*Please note that we do not have the actual, validated Progress 8 scores for 2019 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 2020 show a significantly improving picture with regards to progress across all elements.

Progress 8 Score OVERALL 2016 2017 2018 2019
Kirk Balk Figure -0.41 -0.28 -0.10 +0.01
National Figure 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Improvement N/A +0.13 +0.18 +0.11
Attainment 8
Attainment 8 Score OVERALL 2016 2017 2018 2019
Kirk Balk Figure 47.1 46.8 46.9 46.0
National Figure 49.5 44.6 46.5 Unknown*
Difference -2.4 +2.2 +0.4 Unknown*

2019 Headline Results – Attendance

Attendance – % Inverse of sessions missed due to Overall Absence

% Attendance 2016 2017 2018 2019
Kirk Balk Figure 94.2 94.6 94.6 94.4
National Figure 94.8 94.6 94.5 94.5*
Improvement -0.6 0.00 +0.01 -0.01*

Continued work has occurred at Kirk Balk over the past three years with regards to keeping attendance in line with national figures. Students now come to school as regularly as those nationally. Overall, our attendance has been stable 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.

Destination Data

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

This measures the number of students who stayed in education, training or an apprenticeship after Year 11.

Kirk Balk Academy are extremely proud that 100% of Year 11 leavers in 2017 and 2018 progressed to a positive destination. Achieving 0% NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training) is a national measure of educational performance and it is exceptionally rare for schools, both regionally and nationally to achieve.

% of Kirk Balk Academy Year 11 leavers          
Destination 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Education 94.6% 87.7% 91.8% 92.6% 84.9%
Apprenticeship  0.0%  0.0% 6.2% 5.5% 11.5%
Training 0.4% 5.1% 0.0% 1.8% 1.6%
Employment with Training 2.9% 6.4% 1.0% 0.0% 1.0%
NEET 0.4% 0.4% 1.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Not Known 0.4% 0.0%  0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
% of comparison with LA of Year 11 leavers          
  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Kirk Balk Academy 97.9% 99.1% 97.9% 100% 100%
Barnsley LA Average 93.6% 97.1% 97.2% 96.7% 96.5%

For more information please visit the Department for Education website.

Kirk Balk Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
We constantly focus on standards as we understand outcomes are paramount. Our decision making is driven entirely by what is best for children. By doing this we enhance the life chances of the children and young people in our care.