Assessment and Reporting
We report on all years attitude/progress at 6 points in each academic year
At the end of each term (December, April, July) we will report a progress grade for all students.
For students in Key Stage 4 & 5 this will be in the form of a GCSE / A-level grade, which will include their end of Ket Stage target
For students in Key Stage 3, this will be in the form of an assessment designed to examine everything taught in that current academic year. i.e Year 8 Spring History assessment will cover content taught from September through to April in Year 8.
Progress grades will be reported that reflect the achievement relative to prior attainment. Key Stage 2 (or CAT data through assessments conducted in Year 7) will be used to determine the scores required in each assessment to ensure that pupils are making sufficient progress for their academic capability. i.e. a student with a much higher level of prior attainment at KS2 would have to score far higher on the end of term assessment in order to be 'meeting expectations' than a student with lower prior attainment.
In the middle of each term (half terms at October, February May) we will report Attitude to learning for all subjects, in addition to any other assessment data that has taken place (i.e. mock exams)
From September 2021 we have implemented Go4Schools as the platform for storing all assessment and student progress information. This includes all information such as assessment grades, mock exam results, targets and predicted grades.
Go4Schools has the functionality to open this information up to parents so that they can have a greater understanding of the real time progress their child is making throughout school.
To get started, please click the logo below and click “First Time User?” – enter the email address you have registered with us. You will be emailed a link to allow you to log in and view the information outlined above.
Go4Schools is a live system, we would encourage parents to check it regularly to keep up to date with how your child is progressing. It will also hold copies of all previous school reports too.
In the weeks before Parents’ Evening it will be useful if parents have a discussion with their child regarding which subjects they may be struggling with, or not meeting their target, which will enable the conversations with their teacher to be more directed and focussed on improvements needed.
We will contact parents electronically after a significant assessment point in the academic year (i.e. mock exams) so you will know when there is updated data to view.
Initially we have populated the parent section with targets for all our Key Stage 4 and 5 students, so that you will know the grades they should be working towards. As we begin to assess students, there will be further information in the Autumn term regarding predictions & progress data.
If you have any issues ascessing Go4Schools – please contact the school office directly.
Attitude to Learning
This grade is on a 1-4 scale. In each subject teachers will judge the attitude that a student has towards learning. The numbers refer to the amount of effort and participation the student shows in the subject.
A1: Outstanding work. Learners show resilience and rarely, if ever give up on a task.
A2: Good work which meets the expected standard for that learner. Learners show resilience in most situations and persevere most of the time.
A3: Work which requires improvement. Learners lack resilience in many situations and sometimes give up too easily.
A4: Inadequate work which is significantly below the standard expected for that learner. Learners lack resilience and give up often. Learners are disruptive to the learning of others.
The current working grade is judged on a GCSE grade scale of 9-1 with R1, R2 and R3 grades below a grade 1.
Whilst these are GCSE grades we recognise that not all students will take all subjects at GCSE level. Therefore these grades in Years 7, 8 and 9 give an indication of the grade the student would be on at the moment as measured against the GCSE criteria.
The Current Working Grade is the grade we have assessed students are working at, at this point in time as suggested by all the different assessments they have completed.
We are required to set a target grade for every student in each subject from Year 10 onwards. We do not use these targets in KS3. These target grades are based on the national KS2 tests that each student takes at the end of primary school. The target grades are determined by using the Fischer Family Trust data. The resulting target grade is the one on their report in Year 10 and Year 11.
Fischer Family Trust FFT
FFT provides data and analyses to all schools and LAs in England and Wales. FFT estimates are used by teachers to inform the setting of ambitious and aspirational targets for students. FFT’s analyses of pupil results and pupil progress, and provides school leaders with insightful data to support school improvement and self-evaluation. FFT Education Ltd is an independent, non-profit company which was established in 2001 and has links to the Fischer Family Trust.