At The Ruth Gorse Academy, we pride ourselves on ensuring that the performance of our students is truly exceptional. This is illustrated in the academy’s first set of GCSE results which resulted in our students performing well above the national average.

Within this we place an absolute priority on ensuring that students from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve the highest standard of education so that they do not start behind their peers nationally. In fact, disadvantaged students at The Ruth Gorse Academy, significantly outperform non-disadvantaged students nationally.

The primary indicator of school performance is now Progress 8, however the DfE performance tables will also reference the following key headline measures:

  • Progress across 8 subjects

  • Attainment across the same 8 subjects

  • Percentage of pupils achieving the threshold in English and mathematics. A grade 4 will be referred to as a ‘standard pass’ and a grade 5 as a ‘good pass’

  • Percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate.

Progress 8

Progress 8 is calculated by determining each student’s performance across a range of eight different subjects (English, Mathematics, three EBacc subjects and three other GCSE or high quality GCSE equivalent outcomes) and then comparing this performance to the attainment of other students nationally who started secondary school with a similar Key Stage 2 results profile. A student will achieve a positive Progress 8 score if their performance is above that of other students nationally and a negative Progress 8 score if their performance is below that of other students nationally. Individual Progress 8 scores will be aggregated to give a Progress 8 score for each school. For example, if a school’s progress 8 score is +0.5 it means that students at that school have, on average, achieved half a grade higher in each of their subjects than other students of the same starting point nationally.

Progress of All Students
TRGA Whole Cohort National Average (2018) Difference to 2018 National Average
2019 +0.46* -0.02 +0.47
Progress of Disadvantaged Students
TRGA Disadvantaged Students National Average  for Non-Disadvantaged Students (2018) Difference to National Average
2019 +0.44* +0.13 +0.30

We are delighted that the provisional Progress 8 score for 2019 is +0.46, furthermore, our Progress 8 Score for disadvantaged students is +0.44 which is significantly above the national average.

This clearly demonstrates the exceptional progress that all students have made during their time with us. Please see the link to the Department for Education Performance Tables below:

Click here to view the DfE Performance Tables

Attainment 8

Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a student across 8 qualifications including Mathematics (double weighted) and English (double weighted), 3 further qualifications that count in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) measure and 3 further qualifications that can be GCSE qualifications (including EBacc subjects) or any other non-GCSE qualifications on the DfE approved list. Each individual grade a pupil achieves is assigned a point score, which is then used to calculate a student’s Attainment 8 score.

Average Attainment 8 of All Students in 2018-19
TRGA Whole Cohort National Average (2018) Difference to 2018 National Average
2019 49.55 46.5 +3.05

Percentage of pupils achieving the threshold in English and mathematics

Following the introduction of the reformed GSCEs in English Literature, English Language and Mathematics GCSEs the grading system for these subjects has now moved from letters (A*-G) to a numerical 9 to 1 system, with 9 being the highest grade. The government has decided to describe a grade 4 as a ‘standard pass’ and a grade 5 as a ‘strong pass’. A grade 4 and above is equivalent to a C and above: if pupils do not achieve this level they will be required to continue studying English and Mathematics Post- 16. Where employers, FE providers and universities currently accept a grade C, they are expected to continue recognising a grade 4.

Headline Measures Average Attainment 8 Grade 4+ Eng & Math Grade 4+ in EBacc Grade 5+ Eng & Math Grade 5+ in EBACC Average EBacc APS Total Number of Students
Summer 2019 Results 49.55 61.60% 24.40% 39.50% 22.10% 4.26 86