“How will I know about the progress of my son or daughter?”

Five times a year, you will receive an assessment report which gives you a clear indication of your child’s current performance.

If your child is in Year 7 or Year 8, the report provides you with a national curriculum level.

A GCSE grade is stated if your child is in Year 9, Year 10 or Year 11.

A-Level grades are supplied for students in Year 12 or Year 13.

The report gives you the following information:

-End of Key Stage Target
This sets out the grade or level we want your child to aim for or aim to exceed by the end of the Key Stage. It is our policy to set aspirational targets that challenge students.

-Current Attainment
This gives you the grade or level from work recently completed by your child. Current attainment can rise or fall between reports. This is not necessarily a cause for concern. It might reflect the relative difficulty of the recently assessed piece of work, the level of support they had for a piece of work or a move between subjects/topic areas. For example a change in a Science current attainment grade could be the result of moving from a Biology unit to a Physics unit. A change in a History current attainment grade could be the result of students using a writing frame for one assessment and then having this level of support withdrawn for another assessment.

-End of Key Stage Most Likely Grade
This gives you an indication of the grade or level we believe your child will reach at the end of the Key Stage. This forecast of their grade or level is based on their current progress and their current attitude to learning.

Both the target and most likely grade refer to the end of Key Stage. For Years 7 and 8 this refers to the end of Year 8. For Years 9, 10 and 11 it refers to the end of Year 11. For Years 12 and 13 it refers to the end of year 13.

-Attitude to Learning
This is given as a numerical score.
4-Needs to Improve
This is based on your child’s effort both in class and with homework. It reflects your child’s behaviour and the extent to which they actively take responsibility for their learning.

In addition to the assessment reports two parent evenings will be held for each year group giving you the opportunity to meet with the subject teacher of your son or daughter.”