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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

Exceptional Learner

Students:

 - arrive to lessons punctually, ready to learn and display a strong enthusiasm to achieve.

 - are consistently motivated to improve all work.

 - persevere and ask perceptive questions to deepen your understanding.

 - always respect people and the learning environment.

2

Good Learner

Students:

 - arrive to lessons punctually ready to learn.

 - are motivated to improve work.

 - ask questions to improve.

 - respect people and the learning environment.

3

Inconsistent Learner

Students meet at least one of these criteria:

 - sometimes arrive to lessons late and not always ready to learn.

 - are sometimes motivated to improve work.

 - often ask questions instead of trying to solve a problem themselves first.

 - do not always show respect for people or learning environment.

 - inconsistent attendance to lessons is affecting progress.

Codes : P- Punctuality   M- Motivation   F- Focus in Lesson    R- Respect     A- Attendance

4

Reluctant Learner

Students regularly meet at least one of these criteria:

 - arrive to lessons late and not ready to learn.

 - lack motivation to improve work.

 - need to be given constant instruction to remain on task.

 - do not show respect for people or learning environment.

 - poor attendance to lessons is seriously impacting on progress.

Codes : P- Punctuality   M- Motivation   F- Focus in Lesson    R- Respect     A- Attendance  

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