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Plympton Academy


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.

MEG Setting & Assessments

Assessment Rationale 

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 


Parents Evenings

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 - is external) 

Year 8 - is external) 

Year 9 - is external) 

Year 10 - is external) 

Year 11 - is external) 

Year 12 - is external) 

Year 13 - is external) 

Subject Codes: is external)