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Assessment Information

HOW WILL I KNOW ABOUT MY CHILD’S PROGRESS?

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)

We report on your child’s progress and attitude to learning twice during the academic year in Years 7 and 8. You will receive an assessment letter that contains your child’s Attitude to Learning (A2L) using a 1-4 scale and a teacher progress statement based on the progress they have made since Key Stage 2. The statements are linked to subject progress grids which are published on the school website and outline the skills and knowledge your child should have acquired at each assessment point in order to be making expected progress.

Key Stage 3 (Years 9)

In Year 9 you will receive an assessment point letter that contains your child’s Attitude to Learning (A2L) using a 1-4 scale. You will also receive a predicted grade and a target grade. These grades are based on the new 9-1 GCSE or equivalent grading system used at Key Stage 4 (KS4). They are designed to give you an indication of your child’s potential at KS4 based on their current work in class and attitude to learning. Pupils will continue to study the Key Stage 3 curriculum in Year 9 apart from Religious Studies (RS) where pupils begin the GCSE course.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

At Key Stage 4 we report on your child’s progress and attitude to learning four times during the academic year in Year 10 and three times during Year 11. As at Key Stage 3 you will receive an assessment point letter that contains your child’s Attitude to Learning (A2L) using a 1-4 scale. You will also receive their End of Key Stage 4 target grades. A current GCSE predicted grade will also be included. In Year 10 from Assessment Point 3 onwards and in Year 11 from Assessment Point 1 the GCSE predicted grade will be fine graded. This means that the A*-G scale or 9-1 scale may have a plus or minus with it. This will indicate how secure your child is at that grade. An example is shown below:

 

A* – G GCSE Grading System 9-1 GCSE Grading System
B+ = Top of the grade 6+ = Top of the grade
B = Firmly at that grade 6 = Firmly at that grade
B- = Just at that grade 6- = Just at that grade

 

An explanation of GCSE targets and predictions is detailed below:

GCSE – Targets and Predicted Grades

The GCSE grading system is changing from an A*-G scale to a 9-1 scale with 9 being the highest grade. Maths and English will be the first subjects at GCSE to use the new 9-1 scale in 2017. All other subjects will use the new system from the following year. Below is a description of the GCSE grades we report to parents at each assessment point.

 

 

GCSE Target Grade

This is the grade that each pupil should aim to achieve as a minimum by the end of their GCSE course and is based upon their attainment at the end of Key Stage 2.

GCSE Predicted Grade

This is the grade that each student is likely to achieve based on their current work in class and attitude to learning. This grade is calculated by the class teacher, taking into account assessment results and work ethic, across the term. As such, this grade can change at each assessment point, depending on the work each student produces; their knowledge and understanding of a topic and their application in class.

We report on your child’s progress and attitude to learning three times during the academic year, once in the Autumn term, once in the Spring term and once in the Summer term. Please find our grade scales, and information on what they mean, below:

Attitude to Learning Grid

Each pupil is given an Attitude to Learning Grade (A2L) in each subject area based on the expectations listed below. These expectations have been shared with all our pupils and are outlined on the school website.

  • Arriving to lessons on time
  • Having the correct equipment for lessons
  • Acting calmly and responsibly in every lesson
  • Working at a pace and standard appropriate to ability in every lesson
  • Being up to date with homework and done to an acceptable standard

The A2L grade is shown by a number from 1-4 and a key to these numbers is given in the table below.

1 Learning and Attitude are outstanding.
All expectations are met and work is being undertaken with increasing independence and a positive attitude. This is something to be very
proud of!
2 Learning and Attitude are good.
All expectations are being met. Congratulations.
3P Learning and Attitude requires improvement.
Punctuality. There is late arrival to lessons on too many occasions.
3E Learning and Attitude requires improvement.
Equipment. Correct equipment is not always brought to lessons.
3B Learning and Attitude requires improvement.
Behaviour. Behaviour is not always calm and responsible in lessons.
3W Learning and Attitude requires improvement.
Work rate. Work is not always completed at a pace and standard appropriate to ability.
3H Learning and Attitude requires improvement.
Homework. Homework is not always completed on time or to an acceptable standard.
4 More than one of the expectations are not being met. There are some serious concerns about attitude to learning.

If your child has received an A2L of 4, intervention and communication with home should have taken place. If further clarification or information is required please contact the school.