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Assessment & Reporting

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

We report to parents and carers every term by sending home a report that includes an Attitude to Learning grade and a Current Working grade.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

We report to parents and carers each half term by sending home a report that includes an Attitude to Learning grade, a Current Working grade and an Estimated grade that we think the student is likely to achieve if they continue working at their current level of effort.

Attitude to Learning 

This grade is on a 1-4 scale. In each subject teachers will judge the attitude that a student has towards learning. The numbers refer to the amount of effort and participation the student shows in the subject. 

A1: Outstanding work. Learners show resilience and rarely, if ever give up on a task. 

A2: Good work which meets the expected standard for that learner. Learners show resilience in most  situations and persevere most of the time. 

A3: Work which requires improvement. Learners lack resilience in many situations and sometimes give up too easily

A4: Inadequate work which is significantly below the standard expected for that learner. Learners lack resilience and give up often. Learners are disruptive to the learning of others.  

Attainment grades 

The current working grade is judged on a GCSE grade scale of 9-1 with R1, R2 and R3 grades below a grade 1.

Whilst these are GCSE grades we recognise that not all students will take all subjects at GCSE level. Therefore these grades in Years 7, 8 and 9 give an indication of the grade the student would be on at the moment as measured against the GCSE criteria.  

The Current Working Grade is the grade we have assessed students are working at, at this point in time as suggested by all the different assessments they have completed. 

Target grades  

We are required to set a target grade for every student in each subject from Year 10 onwards. We do not use these targets in KS3.  These target grades are based on the national KS2 tests that each student takes at the end of primary school. The target grades are determined by using the Fischer Family Trust data. The resulting target grade is the one on their report in Year 10 and Year 11.  

Fischer Family Trust FFT

FFT provides data and analyses to all schools and LAs in England and Wales. FFT estimates are used by teachers to inform the setting of ambitious and aspirational targets for students. FFT’s analyses of pupil results and pupil progress, and provides school leaders with insightful data to support school improvement and self-evaluation. FFT Education Ltd is an independent, non-profit company which was established in 2001 and has links to the Fischer Family Trust.