Assessment

St James’ staff report on your child’s progress three times during the academic year.

In Years 7-9 pupils are given a progress indicator by teachers of + (plus), = (equals) or – (minus) to indicate the progress they are making.

+ (plus) means a student is making MORE than SECURE progress
= (equals) means a student is making SECURE progress
– (minus) means a student is making LESS than SECURE progress

This can be used on its own or compared to national data that is sent home with each report.

The national data indicates how well students performed in other high performing schools at GCSE when they had a similar Key Stage 2 score to your child.

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:

  1. Progress indicator as above
  2. Attitude to Learning Grade (ATL)

The ATL grade is an attitude to learning grade and represents the pupil’s attitude towards learning in class and with their homework.

Attitude to Learning Descriptors

ATL 1 means a student is excellent  in all of the following:

  • You have achieved a consistently high RTL points score
  • All class work and homework are done to the best of your ability. Homework is never late and you are always trying to improve it
  • Your behaviour is excellent at all times
  • You are an independent, self-motivated learner who always pays attention in class and frequently helps others

ATL 2 means a student is good in all of the following:

  • You have achieved a consistently high RTL points score
  • All of your class work and homework are done to the best of your ability
  • Your behaviour is always good
  • You are nearly always an independent and self-motivated learner
  • You pay attention in class and help others to learn most of the time

ATL 3 means a student is not good in some or all of the following:

  • You are losing too many RTL points over time
  • Class work over time is not at your expected standard
  • Homework over time is not at your expected standard
  • At times, your behaviour stops you or others from learning
  • You do not pay attention consistently in class or help others to learn most of the time

ATL 4 means a student is poor in some or all of the following:

  • You have a consistently low RTL points score
  • Your class work over time is often not completed
  • Homework over time is either not completed or of a poor standard
  • Your behaviour often stops you or others from learning
  • You rarely pay attention in class or help others to learn

Years 10 and 11

In Years 10 and 11 pupils are given a Current Predicted Grade (CPG) by the teacher at three points in the year. This CPG 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 exactly as they are doing at present.

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.

“With God all things are possible”

Matthew 19:26

Jesus looked at them and said,
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”

Matthew 19:26