Assessing and Reporting Progress

Progress data is collected three times a year from all class teachers alongside key pieces of information regarding a student’s attitude to learning, behaviour and attendance.  A broad range of information is considered when evaluating the progress being made by each student in the subjects they study (for example, the quality of work produced and how well students contribute in lessons, the quality of homework and independent study, improvements made to work following feedback and the formal assessments that take place each term).  This information is analysed by Subject and Curriculum leaders (for individual subjects) and by Climate for Learning Leaders (for students within their year group).

Key Stage 3

In addition to half termly assessments that take place during lessons, students complete formal examinations in each subject towards the end of the school year.  The results of these examinations are reported to parents.

In Years 7, 8 and 9 parents will receive three Screening and Progress Reports (SPRs) for their child.  The SPR contains the information about their child’s progress described below.

Four indicators are used to describe how well students are progressing towards achieving their end of KS3 target at each reporting point.  The table below outlines the four progress indicators that we use.

Progress Indicator Progress Explanation – if current progress is maintained….
Exceptional Likely to exceed end of key stage target
Very Good May exceed end of key stage target
Expected On target to meet end of key stage target
Limited Not currently expected to achieve end of key stage target

Effort, Organisation, Homework and Behaviour are also graded at each reporting point using the following scale:

3 Above Expectation
2 As Expected
1 Below Expectation

In addition to the above progress information, two of the SPRs will contain a short statement for each subject, identifying a strength and learning target.  The final report of each year will include a comment from the child’s form tutor and Climate for Learning Leader as well as important attendance information and a summary of Rewards / Behaviour Points.

Key Stage 4

In addition to half termly assessments that take place during lessons, students complete formal pre-public examinations (PPEs) in each subject.  The results of these examinations are reported to parents.

Students receive two Screening and Progress Reports (SPRs) each year.  In addition to grades for Effort, Organisation, Homework and Behaviour in each subject, the SPR contains teachers’ professional prediction of the GCSE grade that the student is likely to achieve in each subject at the end of Key Stage 4.  This is based on the evidence available to the teacher at the point of writing the report.  The SPR also contains up to date attendance information and rewards / behaviour points.

Parents will receive one full written report each year, containing the above information as well as a more detailed written comment provided by each subject teacher and a statement provided by each student’s form tutor and Climate for Learning Leader.

Key Stage 5

Students sit termly pre-public examinations (PPEs) in all subjects.  The results of these examinations are reported to parents.

Students receive two Screening and Progress Reports (SPRs) each year, containing grades for Effort, Organisation, Homework and Behaviour in each subject.  The SPR also contains up to date attendance information and rewards / behaviour points.

Parents will receive one full written report each year, containing the above information as well as a more detailed written comment provided by each subject teacher and a statement provided by the Progress Leader.

When information about the progress of students is collected, it is used by the Assistant Headteacher (Achievement and Interventions), Climate for Learning Leaders, Sixth Form Progress Leaders, Subject Leaders and Curriculum Leaders to identify under-performing students so the necessary interventions can be implemented to support them in working towards their targets.