Parents receive regular communication about the progress of their child in the form of three different reports throughout the academic year.
Aspirational Targets to replace minimum expected grades
All students set themselves ‘Aspirational Targets’ in conjunction with their subject teacher. These targets are based on prior attainment and what they want to achieve in each subject. These ‘Aspirational Targets’ are verified to ensure they are realistic and aspirational and progress is measured on these Aspirational targets.
Mastery language of Developing, Secure or Exceeding is used to show whether students are meeting these ‘Aspirational Targets’ or not in years 7-11:
Developing: A student is not meeting their Aspirational target
Secure: A student is meeting their Aspirational target
Exceeding: A student is achieving higher than their aspirational target
Year by Year breakdown:
In Years 7 to 9 the use of Mastery language is used for the first two reports to show how students are progressing against their Aspirational Targets.
In Years 10 the report will consist of the students’ currant academic progress using the number system 1-9 for GCSEs or P, M,D for BTECs in addition to the mastery language
In Years 11 the report will consist of the students’ currant academic progress using the number system 1-9 for GCSEs or P, M,D for BTECs in addition to the mastery language
In 12, 13 the report will consist of the students’ currant academic progress using the number system 1-9 for GCSEs or P, M,D for BTECs and A*-E for A Level courses.
The final report in the summer term for Year 7-9 will include the end of year numerical grade
In addition the progress report will also show a performance criteria based on Attitude to learning. A star rating system is used, whereby 4 stars is an exemplary performance and 1 star is a poor performance.
The Progress report provides an up to date academic grade for students in each subject they are studying. This type of report includes the following information:
- Students' current academic performance using mastery language in years 7-9
- GCSE / A level number or letter grade for Year 10,11,12,13 students
- Aspirational Targets for each subject
- Performance information using our star rating system.
- Attendance information (at date of printing).
- House points and behaviour points accrued for the year (at date of printing).
How we assess
Our primary form of assessment is formal assessments taken throughout the year. The assessments students undertake are linear in nature and incorporate all work studied within each academic year; thus a student being testing in the summer term will be tested on all content delivered from the start of the year.
Teachers also use a variety of other assessment methods to monitor student progress and achievement, such as verbal; written; observation; plenaries; self-assessment and peer-assessment, all in line with subject-specific criteria. Generally, we apply Blooms Taxonomy when assigning grades.
When combined teachers are able to form accurate judgements regarding student progress and allocate accurate grades provided within reports.