Year 7 - monitoring your child's progress and reporting to parents
We will monitor your son’s/daughter’s work carefully to ensure they are making excellent progress as well as enjoying their studies.
Year 7 students take formal end of year examinations in English, Maths and Science, and undertake very regular, formal in-class assessments throughout the year in all subjects. We track students’ progress against their expected grades at GCSE, and work hard with students if they temporarily slip behind.
Your child’s tutor regularly receives reports from subject teachers. Each student’s progress is chartered and those who are advancing quickly and those who are having difficulties are referred to the Head of House and the Senior Leadership Team for appropriate rewards or interventions.
The school uses an online reporting system – Go 4 Schools.
While progress reports are formally published (online) 3 times a year, attendance, progress and achievement information is available on a live basis.
We have high expectations for students in Year 7. We look at how they have done in the past - including in their Year 6 SATs exams - to work out what they are capable of in every subject. Towards the end of Terms 2, 4 & 6, assessments will be set in each subject that are marked against ‘Age-Related GCSE Grades’. These grades refer to a student’s position in the performance distribution for their age group and indicate the grade that they are likely to achieve in Year 11 if they continue at their current level of effort and progress. These grades do not tell you what a student would get if they took a GCSE at that moment in time.
Assessments get harder from term to term and year to year, so that a grade 6 in Year 8 represents a higher standard than a grade 6 in Year7. Staying at the same age-related grade as a student moves through Year 7 into Year 8 is making progress.
Approach to Learning
We want students to focus well in school and at home. We award the following approach to learning descriptions:
Outstanding: Consistently displays an approach that promotes rapid and sustained learning.
Good: Consistently displays an approach that enables them to make good progress.
Requires Improvement: Does not consistently display an approach that enables them, or others, to make good progress.
Cause for Concern: Consistently displays an approach that hinders them, or others, from making progress.
There is also a Parents’ Evening for each year group so that you may meet your child’s teachers and discuss his or her academic progress and personal development.