Success for the classes of 2023

The young people of south Leeds are achieving excellent exam results and attending schools that have been judged by Ofsted to be some of the best in the country.

According to government progress data for the academic year 2022-2023, these secondary schools rank as “above average” for pupils achieving over half a grade higher in each qualification, compared to similar pupils across the country.
The banding is ranked as “well above average” because the score is greater than or equal to 0.5, and the entire confidence interval is above 0.

Compared to some schools in Leeds, pupils in south Leeds are on average achieving a whole grade higher than pupils from other schools.

School Progress Data Ofsted
The Ruth Gorse Academy 0.92 – well above average Outstanding in all areas
The Morley Academy 0.83 – well above average Outstanding in all areas
Cockburn John Charles Academy 0.72 – well above average Good with Outstanding features
Bruntcliffe Academy 0.66 – well above average Good with Outstanding features
Cockburn School 0.61 – well above average Outstanding in all areas
Oulton Academy 0.52 – well above average As yet not inspected

David Gurney, Executive Headteacher of Cockburn Multi-academy Trust said:

“We are extremely proud of the young people across the south of Leeds for their academic achievements. They work hard, have high aspirations and have been incredibly resilient. I applaud the dedication and excellence of the Cockburn MAT staff across our schools who are relentless in their determination to secure the very best outcomes for the young people.”

Cockburn School are delighted that their excellent outcomes have been recognised by SSAT (The Schools, Students and Teachers Network) in this year’s Educational Outcomes Awards. The award recognises that Cockburn School is among the highest performing secondary schools in the country, based on 2023 performance data and information from Ofsted.

Cockburn School was recognised for being in the top 20% of schools nationally for student progress in the 2023 end of KS4 exams.

The SSAT Educational Outcomes database compares all state-funded schools in England. To be recognised with an Educational Outcomes Award is a significant achievement and a testament to the work of the whole school community.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:

“Congratulations to Cockburn School on winning an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award. This success is down to the superb learning and teaching, outstanding support and inspirational leadership of students, staff, parents and governors. You have made a huge difference to the lives of the young people in your school. Thank you.”


This post is based on a press release issued by Cockburn MAT


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