The aim of assessment at Kettlethorpe is to give parents, and also pupils, a clear idea of current level of achievement and knowledge of the areas that are strong and that need to improve. Much of that assessment happens in classrooms and informs teaching and learning.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7 and 8 pupils will receive 3 reports per year (one per term) showing an attitude to learning grade and an attainment grade. The last progress summary report of the academic year will include a statement from the child’s tutor informing parents of how their child has developed through the academic year.
The grading system used in Year 7 and 8 is not a national system as national curriculum levels have now been removed. At Kettlethorpe High School we use ‘progression steps’. These steps are from 1 to 12 with Step 1 being the lowest and Step 12 the highest. We expect most pupils at the start of Year 7 to be at Step 4 or Step 5. This reflects age related expectations. Classroom teachers will also use a, b & c to help give a fine grade analysis which is explained below:
4A means a strong Step 4, confident in almost all aspects of the Step and almost at Step 5.
4B means a secure Step 4.
4C means starting at Step 4 and beginning to understand the skills and knowledge for this Step.
On average we would expect pupils to move up one Step per year, so attainment that increases by more than one Step would be good progress. Baseline assessments take place in the first half term and progress will be measured from that baseline.
Working at age related expectations would indicate that a pupil is working on Step 4 or 5 in Year 7 and on Step 5 or 6 in Year 8.
Target stickers show the Step that pupils are expected to achieve by the end of Year 8, given as a whole Step. These are based on English and maths SAT scaled scores and do not fully reflect a pupils strengths across a wide range of different subject areas, including practical areas such as art or PE.
Key Stage 4
In Year 9 and 10 pupils will receive progress reports 4 times a year as they approach their final GCSE year. The last progress summary report of the academic year will include a statement from the child’s tutor informing parents of how their child has developed through the academic year.
In Year 11, summary assessment grades will be collected by staff at least 5 times. This may change if we feel more information is required to support intervention or government policy changes with regards to assessment.
In Years 9, 10 and 11 staff will provide a predicted grade for the end of Year 11 when completing assessment summaries. The predictions will be based on a variety of evidence including classwork, test results, homework etc. If a pupil predictive grade is the same as their target grade, this will indicate a pupil is making very good progress.