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Assessment, Attainment and Attitude to Learning

Assessment, Recording and Reporting

Achievement information and attitudes to learning (ATL) are collected on a termly basis for KS3 and KS4 and is communicated to parents/carers via SIMs Parent. Additionally, parents/carers will have the opportunity to attend an annual Parent/Carer Information Evenings each year, and a Year 10/11 Information Evening in the autumn term.

Achievement information and Attitudes to Learning (ATL) are also recorded in the Student Planner. Parents/Carers will also receive an annual Progress Report via SIMs Parent, where subject teachers and form tutors will provide a written account of student progress and achievement, including advice on how to improve. 

Key Stage 3

Assessment without levels (AWL)

The main focus of AWL is the recording the mastery of the content covered by students at appropriate times. It will indicate how students are responding to what is being taught. Teachers will assess the students against the ‘Learning Objectives’ (LOs) using the terms:

  • Mastering
  • Securing
  • Developing
  • Emerging.

Teachers will monitor and track student progress in lessons giving regular feedback. Students are given an expect AWL based on their prior performance at Key Stage 2.

KS2 Score

Expected AWL

GCSE

Growth Mindset Forecast

109+

Mastering

7 - 9

100 – 108

Securing

5 - 9

92 – 99

Developing

3 - 9

<91

Emerging

                      1 - 9

Key Stage 4

Attainment Grades

An attainment grade is what the student is currently working at. This is based on a variety of assessment, including classwork, homework and formal assessment. Students in Year 10 will have internal progress tests towards the end of the year. Students in Year 11 will have Mock Exams in December, followed by Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs) in February (core subjects only). 

Estimated Grades 

The estimated grade is what the subject teacher believes the student will achieve at the end of Key Stage 4 (final GCSE/Technical Award grade) based on current attitude to learning and performance. It takes into account any marks from practice examinations / tests; coursework / Controlled Assessment, as well as classwork and homework.

Target Grades

Target grades are based on a student’s prior performance at Key Stage 2 and other relevant school data. A student’s target grade is the minimum expectation by the end of the KS4.

Key Stage 3 & 4

Attitude to Learning

Attitude to Learning scores ensure that all parties can work together to recognise achievement, as well as providing specific information if a student requires additional support.

Attitude to Learning Scores:

1. Outstanding Attitude to Learning (over and above)
2. Positive Attitude to Learning (the majority of students)
3. Cause for concern (the main specific area which is hindering progress - code provided)

Codes: teacher provides one code to highlight the main cause for concern, 
i.e. P – punctuality; A – attendance; H – homework; CW – coursework / Controlled Assessment; 
C – classwork; O – organisation

For further information or advice regarding achievement and progress, please contact your child’s Form Tutor or the relevant subject teacher.