Reports to Parents

Years 7 & 8

Our assessment system for Years 7-11 all years uses these GCSE grades. GCSE grades are based on a 9-1 scale with 9 being the highest possible award. We have added four further grades for students working below GCSE grade 1; Entry 1 (E1) to Entry 3 (E3) and Working Below Entry 3 (WB3). These entry level grades are especially important in subjects where students may have had little experience at primary school, such as modern foreign languages and computing.

What information will I receive about my child’s progress in KS3?

We issue three reports each year, one at the end of each assessment ‘block’. Reports go home towards the end of each term via email and the SIMS Parent App.

Key Piece Assessment and Ongoing Grades

These are our new GCSE grades (9 to 1, with a +/- discriminator) and WB3 to Entry 1.

Key Piece Assessment

Indicates the students’ current GCSE (or equivalent) grade achieved in a specific piece of work or test, carried out during the Block Assessment week.

Ongoing grade

Indicates the current GCSE grade that the student is working at, taking into account all work completed during the term, not just during the assessment week.

Target grade

Indicates the GCSE grade that a student should aspire to at the end of Year 8, based on prior attainment and a teacher’s professional judgement.

 

Attitude to Learning (ATL):

A Excellent: an exemplary attitude at all times – concentrates and participates eagerly in all activities and always willing to try their best.

B Good: a positive attitude, working hard, concentrates in lessons and participates well in a variety of tasks

C Room for improvement: does what is required but tends to lack self-motivation and concentration. Often needs encouragement to participate and work/effort is of an inconsistent standard

D Unsatisfactory: often needs significant encouragement to engage with the lesson and related tasks. Work/effort is not regularly representative of their best

E Serious cause for concern: a generally negative attitude to tasks set, often reluctant to participate willingly, regularly distracted or distracting others in lessons. Work is rarely completed to an acceptable standard

How Parents / Carers can help:
Look carefully at the grades your child has achieved in the latest progress report. Compare them with your child’s previous reports. Note any positives where your child has improved and encourage them to continue to do their very best. It is also helpful to collectively identify areas for improvement which should be revisited regularly.

Please contact us if you have any concerns or if you think your child is doing less well in a certain aspect. Your child’s form tutor, subject teachers or Head of Year can assist here and you can do this by emailing or telephoning school. Anything urgent, please call or make an appointment to come into school.

Homework Booklets in KS3
Homework booklets are an important element of assessing, recording and reporting and provide:

  • An opportunity for more detailed, in-depth work
  • A clear homework task, available on our website
  • A focus on one subject per week– along with English and maths
  • The building blocks for independent learning
  • A further opportunity for challenging able, gifted and talented students as well as providing differentiated tasks for other students
  • A common framework for assessment in each subject

How are homework booklets assessed?

  • Grades and effort levels are awarded for each piece
  • Teacher comments
  • Targets for improvement

A booklet completed at an excellent level for a particular student, showing an outstanding amount of effort, could gain 10 House Points!

Show My Homework

When homework is set, your child’s teacher will record the deadline date on the Show My Homework website, www.showmyhomework.co.uk. You can access this website, and learn how to view your child’s homework, by clicking this link: http://help.showmyhomework.co.uk/?b_id=10119 or by using the app on your child’s iPad.

If you have any further queries about homework booklets or anything curriculum related, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant Curriculum Leader.

AR STAR Reading Age

This is your child’s reading age (in years and months) based on a reading assessment done in school.

Years 9 to 11

GCSE grades have changed in recent years; the old A-G grades have been replaced by a 9-1 scale with 9 being the highest possible award. A grade 4 is equivalent to an ‘old’ low grade C in the previous grading system and is referred to as a ‘standard pass’ by the DfE; a Grade 5 is deemed a ‘strong pass’ and a grade 7 is equivalent to a grade A.

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What is a target grade?

We use data provided by the DfE to generate a target grade for each student in each subject. The data provided uses your child’s KS2 results to indicate the expected grade for each subject at the end of KS4. We then add a small amount to ensure that all students are stretched and challenged. If a student progress more quickly or as underachieved at KS2 then we will increase the target to maintain challenge.

How can I tell if my son/daughter is on track to make the required levels of progress?

Every child will progress at a different rate and this can also differ from subject to subject. We issue predicted grades for each subject which indicate the grade we think students are most likely to achieve given their current effort in class and homework. This enables you to compare the target grades with the predicted grades.

Please remember that our targets are set to challenge students and you should not be alarmed if your child is not on or exceeding targets in all subjects. If you have any concerns about the progress of your child, please contact the relevant curriculum leader.

What information will I receive about my child’s progress in KS4?

Key Piece Assessment and Ongoing Grades

New GCSE grades (9 to 1, with a +/- discriminator).

Key Piece Assessment
Indicates the students’ current GCSE (or equivalent) grade achieved in a specific piece of work or test, carried out during our assessment weeks.

Ongoing grade
Indicates the current GCSE (or equivalent) grade that the student is working at, taking into account all work completed during the term, not just during the assessments.

Target grade
Indicates the GCSE (or equivalent) grade that a student should aspire to at the end of the key stage (Year 11), based on KS2 prior attainment and a teacher’s professional judgement.

Predicted grade
Predicted Grade indicates the most likely grade that the student will achieve at the end of KS4 based on all the current evidence.

AR STAR Reading Age
This is your child’s reading age (in years and months) based on a reading assessment done in school.

Attitude to learning: Homework
A Excellent: consistently completed to the best of a student’s ability and submitted on time
B Good: usually completed to the best of a student’s ability and submitted on time
C Room for Improvement: quality is variable and/or not submitted consistently on time
D Unsatisfactory: regularly completed to an unsatisfactory standard and/or regularly not submitted on time
E Serious cause for concern: persistently completed to an unsatisfactory standard and/or persistently not submitted on time

Attitude to Learning: Classwork
A Excellent: an exemplary attitude at all times – concentrates and participates eagerly in all activities and always willing to try their best
B Good: a positive attitude, working hard, concentrates in lessons and participates well in a variety of tasks
C Room for improvement: does what is required but tends to lack self-motivation and concentration
Often needs encouragement to participate and work/effort is of an inconsistent standard
D Unsatisfactory: often needs significant encouragement to engage with the lesson and related tasks. Work/effort regularly not representative of their best

How Parents / Carers can help:

Look carefully at the grades your child has achieved in the latest progress review and compare them with subsequent reviews that you will receive. Note any positives where your child has improved and encourage them to continue to do their very best.

Please contact us if you have any concerns or if you think your child is doing less well in a certain aspect. Your child’s form tutor, subject teachers or Head of Year can assist here and you can do this by emailing or telephoning school. Anything urgent, please call or make an appointment to come into school.

Homework in KS4
Homework is an important element of assessing, recording and reporting and provides:

  • An opportunity for more detailed, in-depth work
  • The building blocks for independent learning, particularly important in preparation for post 16 study
  • A variety of tasks which might include research, completing exercises, drafting essays, learning vocabulary, practising skills, preparing for assessments and so on.
  • All homework creates further opportunities to challenge students as well as provide differentiated tasks for all abilities

How is homework assessed?

  • GCSE grades and effort levels
  • Teacher comments
  • Targets for improvement
  • Peer or Self-assessment

Show My Homework

When homework is set, your child’s teacher will record the deadline date on the Show My Homework website, www.showmyhomework.co.uk. You can access this website, and learn how to view your child’s homework, by clicking this link: http://help.showmyhomework.co.uk/?b_id=10119 or by using the app on your child’s iPad.

GCSEPod for Revision and Independent Study

All students have been provided with access to GCSEPod, an online revision aid containing hundreds of podcasts which can be downloaded or streamed. Materials are provided for most GCSE subjects. For more information, please visit www.gcsepod.com

If you have any further queries about homework or anything curriculum related, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant Curriculum Leader.

Year 12 and 13

Block A progress reports are issued to all students towards the end of each term.

In a KS5 Progress Report, the following information is provided:

Independent Study (IS) and Homework

Independent Study is an important part of learning in the sixth form. It is not simply completing homework, but reflects the time each learner spends reflecting on their work, reading around a subject, or engaging in wider learning via the internet, television and social media, for example by subscribing to TED Talks or the Khan Academy.

Independent study is fundamental to success in KS5 and at university. We timetable all students for three periods of independent study in a room staffed with a teacher, but this should be seen as just the beginning. A regular and genuine commitment to independent study will pay huge dividends in final grades.

A Excellent: always completed to the best of a student’s ability
B Very good: usually completed to the best of a student’s ability
C Room for Improvement: quality is variable
D Unsatisfactory: regularly completed to an unsatisfactory standard
E Serious cause for concern: persistently completed to an unsatisfactory standard

Key Piece Assessment, Ongoing, Predicted Final Grade and Target Grade
For A level courses grades A*- E or U (no pass) and for vocational courses grades Di* (Distinction*), Di (Distinction), M (Merit), P (Pass) or U (no pass).

Key Piece Assessment
Indicates the students’ current A Level (or equivalent) grade achieved in a specific piece of work or test, carried out during the Block Assessment week.

Ongoing grade
Indicates the current grade that the student is working at, taking into account all work completed during the term, not just during the assessment week.

Predicted Final Grade
Indicates the grade that your child’s teacher believes that they are most likely to achieve at the end of the course. This is based upon a teacher’s professional judgement of the ability and performance demonstrated to date.

Target grade
Shows the grade that a student should aspire to and could, at best, achieve at the end of the course. This is based upon a teacher’s professional judgement of the ability and performance demonstrated to date.

How Parents / Carers can help:
Look carefully at the grades your child has achieved in the latest progress review and com-pare them with subsequent reviews that you will receive. Note any positives where your child has improved and encourage them to continue to do their very best.Please contact us if you have any concerns or if you think your child is doing less well in a certain aspect. Your child’s Head of Year is the first point of contact for this and you can contact them by emailing or telephoning school. Anything urgent, please call or make an appointment to come into school.

If you have any further queries about anything curriculum related, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant Curriculum Leader.