The Academy understands the importance of setting aspirational targets to ensure that students are challenged to achieve their full potential and encouraged to aim high. GCSE grades are set as targets and assessments are carried out regularly during the year to enable robust progress-tracking and appropriate intervention where necessary. We call them Minimum Expected Grades (MEGs). Please see the link below for detailed analysis on how MEGs are set and information regarding half- termly progress reports.
The purpose of assessment is to give feedback on progress and attainment. There are several audiences for this feedback – students, parents, and the Academy. Assessment and reporting are integral to high-quality teaching and learning and a vital element in raising standards and attainment. It helps us to ensure we are establishing a culture of high challenge and that students are making expected or better than expected progress
We use this ongoing formative assessment of students every lessons to ensure they are learning at the optimum level and making good progress. At the end of each Semester, students undertake formal summative testing to help inform our professional judgements of where we think students are now, WAG (Working At Grade) and in Key Stage 4 PP (Professional Predictions) what we deem they will achieve at the end of their GCSE course.
Progress Reports are produced four times per year to feedback to parents information about their child’s current progress, attainment, and learning behaviours in each of the subjects they study.
Semester Progress Reports
Semester 1 – Friday 22nd November 2019
Semester 2 – Friday 14th February 2020
Semester 3 – Friday 15th May 2020
Semester 4 – 3rd July 2020
In addition to Progress Reports, parents have the opportunity to meet the form tutor to discuss how their child has settled into the academic year and subject teachers during parent consultation evenings.
|Year||Tutor Consultation Evening||Subject Parent Consultation Evening|
|7||17th October||21st May 2020|
|8||12th March||23rd January 2020|
|9||17th October||4th June 2020|
|10||17th October||19th March 2020|
|11||17th October||16th December 2019|
|12||31st October||5th December 2019|
|13||31st October||30th January 2020|
To ensure that the information we collate and feedback to parents on students' performance is valid and reliable and that we build resilience and examination preparation, the formal summative assessments take place during the last two weeks of each Semester. The dates of the assessments are published so parents can support students to prepare and develop effective revision strategies.
The Semester 2 Assessment Timetables for each year group are published below along with a document that indicates the teacher's name from their initials to assist with identifying when your child has an assessment by identifying their set. Students have been issued with an Assessment Timetable and their tutor has explained the process to them and guided them through filling in their Assessment Timetable.
Semester 2 Assessment Timetables
Year 7 - http://bit.ly/3a3wT8e
Year 8 - http://bit.ly/2slXf4h
Year 9 - http://bit.ly/2Re3i3l
Year 10 - http://bit.ly/2FJ2sX7
Year 11 - http://bit.ly/2Rh8seK
Year 12 - http://bit.ly/2NulAw7
Year 13 - http://bit.ly/2teesgx
Subject Codes: http://bit.ly/2ulGp66