Reporting and Assessment
The purpose of assessment is to provide a clear indication of the strengths and areas for improvement for every student, resulting in improved motivation from a student to further improve their progress.
Whilst assessment data provides the school, student, teacher and parent/carer a clear insight into their current levels of progress it is important to remember that high attainment outcomes can only be achieved through outstanding effort by the student coupled with outstanding teaching and learning from our teaching staff.
The school assessment system is built so data is captured on every student termly. The content of each assessment will grow as the term progresses. The autumn term assessment will assess the curriculum content covered in the autumn term. The spring term assessment will cover the curriculum content covered in the autumn and spring term. At the end of the summer term students will sit an end of year assessment that covers the curriculum content covered throughout the whole academic year. This synoptic style assessment system ensures students continually reflect on and retrieve knowledge gained throughout the academic year, building students ability to retain and apply knowledge.
Each student receives a minimum expected grade (MEG) the need to reach by the Key Stage 4 based on their outcomes from their Key Stage 2 assessments. These are calculated based on the data provided to the school from the Department for Education. Minimum expected grades are refined using Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT) assessments. These tests are also used to identify any key areas that require attention for numeracy and literacy. This enables the school to provide extra support for each child when they join the school.
The minimum expected grades are not seen as a glass ceiling for any child. All staff and students are focused on achieving the highest possible outcomes at all times. However, the minimum target grade gives an indication as to how a child is progressing compared with other students nationally who received a similar Key Stage 2 SAT score.
Students will also receive a target grade for each subject area. This target grade will not be lower than a minimum expected grade and will allow the student and parent/carer to identify areas of strength.
The minimum expected grade is a number from 9 – 1, reflecting the same grading system found in Key Stage 4. For more information on how the new 9 – 1 grading system compares to the old A* – G grading system please click here. To track progress students each student is given milestone grades they are expected to reach each year. This enables the school to identify if a child is on track to achieve their end of Key Stage 4 target grades.
The school captures assessment data on a student termly and this data is reported home to parents/carers, helping to keep them informed of the child’s current progress. If required, parents/carers are also invited in for a meeting with a member of staff to discuss any barriers there might be to learning and how the school can support a child in removing these obstacles to enable greater progress.
An example of a student achievement and progress report can be downloaded by clicking here.
Each report is accompanied by our student achievement and progress report booklet. An example of this booklet can be downloaded here.
Parental engagement is vital in supporting a child’s academic progress. With this in mind, parents/carers are provided with the contact details of their child’s subject teachers when a report is sent home should they wish to discuss the progress they are making in individual subject areas.
The school has invested in a number of online platforms to support student learning both inside and outside of school. For more information on how to access these online learning platforms please visit our extended learning page by clicking here.