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Assessment - Monitoring and Reporting

In Years 7 and 8:

All subjects are assessed using a set of Age Related Learning Objectives (ARLOs) for each year group.  Teachers will assess your child’s progress against each of these learning outcomes. Each student is assessed in every subject using the following criteria:
  • They will be graded as WORKING TOWARDS if they are not yet achieving any of the age related learning objectives for their year group.  A student working at this level in Year 7 and 8 is likely to achieve a grade 1 or 2 at GCSE in Year 11.
  • They will be graded as DEVELOPING if they are starting to achieve some of the age related learning objectives for their year group.   A student working at this level in Year 7 and 8 is likely to achieve between a grade 2 to 4 at GCSE in Year 11.
  • They will be graded as MEETING if they are achieving most of the age related learning objectives for their year group.   A student working at this level in Year 7 and 8 is likely to achieve a grade 4 or 5 at GCSE in Year 11.
  • They will be graded as EXCEEDING if they are achieving at a level above the age related learning objectives for their year group.   A student working at this level in Year 7 and 8 is likely to achieve between a grade 6 or 9 at GCSE in Year 11.
  • We will also report if your child is showing early, good or consistent evidence of working at each level.

In Years 9 and 10:

  • All GCSE subjects are assessed using the new 9 to 1 grading system (grade 9 being the highest grade).
  • The school will provide a professional prediction based on your child’s current performance that indicates the most likely outcome at the end of the course. 

In Year 11:

  • GCSE English Literature, English Language and Mathematics are assessed using the new 9 to 1 grading system with a grade 5 being the national expectation (grade 9 being the highest grade).
  • For students studying other GCSE subjects the A* to G grading system is used (grade U for those students failing to achieving a grade).  Grades A*-C are recognised by employers and in Higher Education as ‘passes’.
  • For students studying Level 2 Applied Learning qualifications, the following awards are given: Distinction (equivalent to GCSE grade A), Merit (equivalent to GCSE grade B) and a Pass (equivalent to a GCSE grade C).  Level 1 courses are awarded at a D grade and lower.
  • The school will provide a professional prediction based on your child’s current performance that indicates the most likely outcome at the end of the course.  This grade will be followed by a number to indicate how secure the grade is.
  • For example: A C1 means teachers are very confident a C grade will be achieved and with additional work a B3 grade would be possible; a C2 means teachers predict a C grade is likely; a C3 means a C is possible but not yet secure.

In The Sixth Form:

  • For students studying Advanced Level subjects a grade is given ranging from A* to E.  A Grade U is used to report when a student has failed to achieve a grade.  Other Level 3 Applied Learning courses are graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.
  • The school will provide a professional prediction based on your child’s current performance that indicates the most likely outcome at the end of the course.  The grade will be followed by a number to indicate how secure the grade is.
  • For example: A C1 means teachers are very confident a C grade will be achieved and with additional work a B3 grade would be possible; a C2 means teachers predict a C grade is likely; a C3 means a C is possible but not yet secure.
We will also regularly assess the following:
  1. Attitude to learning
  2. Homework
  3. Progress against the national expectation
  4. Green flags for rewards
  5. Red flags for sanctions
  6. Attendance

Monitoring

Your child’s advisor will monitor achievements and sanctions.  They will discuss progress made with your child and contact home if they are concerned or want to celebrate outstanding progress or achievement.
 

Reports

Report are available six times a year through the Parent Portal.  Please contact the Admin team if a paper copy is required.
 

Parent Consultations

All parents are invited to the school at least once a year for a subject based parental consultation. The dates of these are published on the School Calendar.