Each pupil receives a target grade based upon KS2 SATS and other relevant data. All targets are highly aspirational and aim to place our pupils in the top 5% of schools for progress.
Targets in all years are based on the new GCSE scale of 9 to 1 (where 9 is the highest) and increase by one increment each year. For example, if your child’s Year 7 target in RE is a score 3, it will be a score 4 in Year 8, 5 in Year 9, 6 in Year 10 and eventually score 7 in Year 11 GCSE.
Five times a year subject teachers upload a ‘working at’ score based on a standardised assessment. This then results in one of three possible progress codes:
‘above expected’ indicates that a pupil is making exceptional progress towards their target
‘expected’ indicates that a pupil is making progress towards their target
‘below expected’ indicates that a pupil is underperforming in that subject and that intervention is required.
If a ‘below expected’ is awarded, indicating underachievement, an intervention code is also assigned. This indicates what a pupil will need to do to reach their target and normally involves attending intervention classes after school or completing an additional assessment.
This information is sent home in the form of a letter. Pupils also track their progress in their journal.
Any pupil who is performing above expectation in a significant number of subjects receives a Certificate of Commendation that is presented in assembly. Any pupil who is below expectation across a number of subjects will be identified by the Pastoral Leader and may be put on report or regular after school study sessions.