Our purpose at St James’ is to educate and develop global Catholic citizens. Assessment is a fundamental part of meeting this intent.
St James’ staff report on your child’s progress three times during the academic year.
Years 7 to 9
In Years 7 to 9, pupils are given a progress indicator by teachers of Working Beyond (WB), Working At (WA), Working Towards (WT) and Limited Progress Towards (LPT) to indicate the progress they are making.
WB means a student is exceeding the level required for their age and ability
WA means a student is working at the expected level for their age and ability
WT means a student is slightly below the expected level for their age and ability
LPT means a student is significantly below the expected level for their age and ability.
Three reports are sent to parents/carers each year usually towards the end of each term. One report will include more detailed written comments from your child’s form tutor.
Reports will include the following:
- Progress indicator as above
- Attitude to Learning Grade (ATL) for classwork and behaviour
- Attitude to Learning Grade (ATL) for homework
ATL 1 means that a student is excellent in the following:
- Pupil has excellent focus within lessons and always tries their best
- Pupil regularly participates in class discussions
- Books are always excellently presented
- Work is detailed and there is clear evidence of responding to feedback which goes beyond the expectation of the class teacher
- Homework is always completed on time and is of an excellent standard
ATL 2 means that a student is good in the following:
- Pupil has good focus in lessons and often tries their best
- Pupil normally participates in class discussions
- Presentation of work is good
- Work is completed and there is evidence of responding to feedback
- Homework is completed on time and at a good standard
ATL 3 means a student is not good in the following:
- Pupil has inconsistent focus in lessons and often needs a reminder of classroom expectations
- Pupil can be passive and not always participate in class discussions
- Presentation of work is inconsistent
- Work is sometimes completed and evidence of response to feedback is limited
- Homework is sometimes late and/or of an inconsistent quality
- Regular reminders are required to submit homework on time
ATL 4 means a student is poor in all or some of the following:
- Pupil is unfocused in lessons and needs continued reminders of classroom expectations
- Pupil can be passive and often disruptive in lessons
- Presentation of work is poor
- Work is not completed and evidence of response to feedback is poor
- Homework is often late and/or consistently of a poor standard
Years 10 and 11
In Years 10 and 11, pupils are given a Current Working Grade (CWG) and a Predicted Examination Grade (PEG) by the teacher at three points in the year. This PEG is the GCSE/BTEC grade that the teacher predicts the pupil will achieve as a final GCSE/BTEC result if the pupil continues to work as they are currently.
All students have a target grade to work towards. This is set using:
- KS2 data
- Progress made during Key Stage 3
Students are also given an ATL grade as detailed above for Years 7 to 9.