Student Progress - Reports
Communication with parents is an important part of our home school partnership. Student progress is continually monitored and communicated to parents. This may take the form of written reports, interim reports, parents' evenings and Tutor Mentoring Interviews. Other forms of communication that can be arranged at the request of staff or parents are letters home, phone calls and interviews.
Reports are sent home regularly
- Years 7 to 9 - each subject provides a report on each student three times per year
- Year 10 - each subject provides a report on each student three times per year with an additional report for exam results.
- Year 12 - each subject provides a report on each student four times per year with an additional report for exam results.
- Years 11 & 13 - each subject provides a report on each student five times per year
These reports, along with attendance and conduct figures, are sent home. They are a progress check and serve to highlight any problems to ensure action is taken and also to highlight achievement. These reports are also available electronically through the Learning Gateway if parents have signed up to the E portal.
For all assessments we collect classwork and homework grades (compulsory) and allow the entry of up to 3 Concern codes and 3 Strength codes (optional). At KS3 we also report on Current Grade and Progress towards students’ GCSE targets.
At KS4 and KS5 we collect current grade and the projected end of course Grade. So, for example, for Year 10 we collect the projected grade we expect the student to achieve at the end of Year 11 when they take their GCSEs. In Year 12 we collect the projected end Year 13 A level grades, but also in Year 12, for Level 3 BTECs or GCSE re-sits we collected projected grades for the end of the year (i.e. BTEC Certificate/GCSE result).
For Years 11, 12 & 13 we will also collect Pre-public exam grades in the next data collection after main Pre-public exams. For Pre-public exam results we will collect grades of the actual papers taken and any coursework/controlled assessments which have been assessed.
Codes used for data collections
The following codes are used.
4 - Working Very Hard
- Is always well prepared for learning
- Has all the books and equipment needed
- Takes responsibility for their own learning and gets actively involved in all types of learning activities
- Always completes work to their personal best
3 - Working Well
- Is usually prepared for learning
- Usually comes with the relevant equipment and books
- Takes responsibility for their own learning and usually participates well in all types of learning activities
- Usually completes work to their personal best
2 – Some Cause for Concern
- Is not always prepared for learning
- Sometimes does not have the books or equipment needed (E)
- Does not always take responsibility for their own learning, and does not always engage with learning activities
- Does not always work to their personal best (F)
1 – Serious Cause for Concern
- Is often not prepared for learning
- Often does not have the right books or equipment (E)
- Often, takes no responsibility for their own learning and rarely engages with learning activities
- Rarely works to their personal best (F)
4 – Completes all homework to the best of their ability
- Always hands homework in on time
- Always completes homework to the very best of their ability
- It is clear that the necessary time has been spent on the task
3 – Usually tackles homework tasks well
- Usually hands homework in on time
- Usually completes homework to the best of their ability
- The work usually shows that sufficient time has been spent on the task
2 – Doesn’t always make sufficient effort with homework tasks
- Regularly hands in homework late (D)
- Sometimes does not complete homework to the best of their ability
- The work appears rushed and insufficient time has been spent on it
1 – Makes little or no effort with homework tasks
- Work is rarely handed in (D)
- Rarely completes homework to the best of their ability
- Work is inadequate or incomplete with very little time spent on it
A=Attendance – often absent from lessons, which affects their progress
B=Behaviour – behaviour disturbs the learning of others
C=Classroom Participation – does not fully engage in learning activities
D=Meeting Deadlines – Homework and/or Coursework Deadlines often missed
E=Equipment – does not bring the correct equipment needed for lessons
F=Focus – does not concentrate on the task in hand/does not stay on task
I=Independent Learning – does not carry out sufficient independent learning e.g. reads books and articles related to the subject
L=Lateness – often late to lessons
P=Presentation – work lacks detail, is often untidy and poorly laid out, making it difficult to read and follow. It is not always presented in an appropriate format e.g. on paper
S=Sticking at it/Perseverance – gives up too easily on a task
U=Uniform – uniform is frequently worn in a manner that does not meet school expectations
W=Coursework – the quality of coursework is a concern
C=Classroom Participation – excellent participation in learning activities
I=Independent Learning – has used a range of additional resources to enhance their learning
P=Presentation – work is always produced to a high standard; it is well presented and includes all the necessary detail
S=Sticking at it/Perseverance – tackles challenging tasks and persists until they are complete
W=Coursework – has produced coursework of a very high quality
X=Extra-Curricular – has contributed to extra-curricular activities
For years 7 to 11 current grades give a measure of the skills students have acquired in a subject. They broadly indicate where students are currently sitting on the GCSE 9-1 grade scale. For students who are working towards the lower GCSE grades we use “Emerging Grades” E1 to E3 at KS3. At KS4 there is just one grade (W) below GCSE indicating that the student is working towards a GCSE grade.
Grades are subdivided into three categories. E.g. 5- means a low grade 5, 5 is a secure grade 5 and 5+ is a high grade 5.
Similarly in the sixth form we use current grades to indicate where students are currently on the A Level/BTEC scale, with a W grade if students are not quite at A Level/BTEC standard.