Each half term parents/carers will receive a report on their child's progress. In Years 10 and 11 this is a predicted GCSE grade, and in Years 7, 8 and 9 it is the grade we believe your child is working at. This is explained in more detail below.
Each grade is subdivided into what we call a 'fine grade’ to allow parents and carers to see how close their child is to either the grade above, or the grade below. This is illustrated below with grade 4 used as an example:
4a – the child is at the top of the grade and close to grade 5.
4b – the child is securely working at the grade reported.
4c – the child is working at grade 4, but is not yet secure and could slip into the grade below.
Year 10 & 11
Progress in Year 10 and 11 is reported as the grade we feel the pupil is likely to achieve as their final GCSE grade. Target grades are also reported in this format, and this is the grade we are challenging your child to reach – but in many cases we would hope they will exceed this.
I would also draw your attention to Science grades. Combined Sciences are two GCSE grades and therefore your child will have two grades for this subject. If your child has opted for Single Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), we shall report three single grades.
Years 7, 8 & 9
Progress in these year groups is reported by plotting pupils’ current work against GCSE standard. By doing this we feel that progress is more straightforward to track from Year 7 to Year 11. A target grade is given, which states the grade pupils are aiming towards by the end of Year 11.
In Year 7 Science is unable to report progress against GCSE grades until Half Term 3. This is due to the nature of Science spanning three distinct subject areas (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
Most pupils will not exceed the following grades in each Year Group:
Year 7 - 2b
Year 8 - 3b
Year 9 - 4b
When looking at current grade, you should compare them to the grades above.
The College uses data from the Fisher Family Trust to set targets for pupils in each subject. The targets are set using your child’s Year 6 SATs results, and sets a grade that they should attain at the end of Year 11 if they make good progress in line with the top 20% of their peers, who also attained the same levels in Year 6.
Targets are designed to be stretching and to motivate the pupil. The College will amend targets (up or down) where we feel it appropriate to do so.
If you have any queries about targets please contact your child’s Head of House in Years 7-9 or the Head of Upper School in Years 10 or 11.