Key Stages 3 & 4
All students in Years 7 to 11 are given a target grade range:
- Grades 2-4
- Grades 4-6
- Grades 5-7
- Grades 7-9
For BTEC in KS4 the target ranges are:
- Pass – Merit
- Merit – Distinction
- Distinction – Distinction*
In each tracking window teachers input two tracking grades for each student:
Attitude to Learning grade
- The student has an outstanding work ethic, both in the classroom and with homework. They are doing all of the work set and then some more and show a real passion for learning. They meet all deadlines without having to be reminded and always adhere to the school’s RESPECT ethos.
- The student is doing all that is asked of them and works hard. Work is always completed to a good standard. They never (or hardly ever) miss a deadline and they adhere to the school’s RESPECT ethos.
- The student often works well in lessons but that effort and focus might be inconsistent. Some deadlines are missed and homework is not always completed to a good standard. This is having a negative effect on progress. The student normally adheres to the school’s RESPECT ethos, but can sometimes need to be reminded.
- The student is clearly not working hard enough and a lack of effort and lack of focus in lessons are affecting progress. Too many deadlines are missed and this is giving cause for concern because it will impact on achievement. Frequent reminders about the school’s RESPECT ethos are needed.
Progress / predicted grade
In Key Stage 3 teachers input the following grades, using their professional judgement to decide what a student is likely to achieve by the end of KS4, assuming that the current attitude to learning is maintained:
- E: (Exceeding) – the student is likely to exceed their target grade range
- M: (Meeting) – the student is likely to achieve their target grade range
- D: (Developing) – the student is likely to be still working towards their target grade range (ie they are unlikely to hit their target)
In Key Stage 4 teachers predict the GCSE grade (from 1 to 9) or BTEC grade (Pass to Distinction*) that a student will be likely to achieve by the end of Year 11, assuming that the current attitude to learning is maintained.
Key Stage 5
At Post 16, we use ALPS to set a minimum expected target grade. This is based on an average GCSE score.
In each tracking window teachers input three tracking grades for each student:
Attitude to Learning
- The student has an outstanding work ethic showing a real passion for learning. They demonstrate maximum effort at all times, both in lessons and with completion of further research and independent study.
- The student works hard in lessons, demonstrating a positive work ethic and some evidence of further research and independent study.
- The student can work well, but demonstrates inconsistent levels of effort. Work is not completed to a high standard and independent study is lacking which is having a negative impact on progress.
- The student is clearly not working hard enough, a minimum level of effort means that work is rarely completed to a good standard. A poor work ethic is negatively impacting on progress.
- The student meets all deadlines set for homework and coursework submissions.
- The student occasionally misses a deadline set for homework and coursework submissions.
- The student is inconsistent in meeting deadlines set for homework and coursework submissions and work is often handed in late.
- The student rarely meets a deadline set for homework and coursework submissions. Work is frequently handed in late.
This is the grade a student is likely to achieve at the end Year 13 if they maintain their current attitude to learning and work ethic.
- A level grades: A*- E
- Vocational grades: Distinction*- Pass
Please see the document below for the tracking and reporting dates for this academic year.