Understanding Student Progress

This page details the ways in which we communicate student progress with parents.

KS3 Reports

All parents will receive three reports per year. They will contain the following information:

Overall expected route:

This is generated from your child’s Key Stage SATS performance in reading and Maths which creates a two grade band of where your child should be at the end of year 11; for example, a 8/7 means your child would be expected to get either a grade 8 or a grade 7 in all of their subjects.

The grid below demonstrates the link between KS2 SATS and expected GCSE route.

  • Teacher predicted route:

This is a teacher’s prediction of where each child will be at the end of year 11 based on their current performance in assessments up to this point. All students are assessed against GCSE criteria using grades 9 – 1, with 9 being the highest grade a child can be predicted. All routes cover two GCSE grades which allows for differences in learning in different subjects over time.

  • Progress:

This compares the teachers predicted route to the overall expected route and rates progress as being “above, expected or below”.

  • Attitude To Learning

A grade ranging from A (excellent) to D (poor) which shows the students’ general approach to their learning in each classroom. A descriptor for each statement appears on the back of the student’s report

  • Homework:

A statement which describes the students’ approach to all homework tasks they have been set by each teacher. The statements are “A – excellent B- good C inconsistent and D – poor.” A descriptor for each statement appears on the back student’s report. St Luke’s have a homework timetable which outlines when the homework is set and when it due to be returned. Tutors are tasked with checking homework on a daily basis in tutor time.

KS4 Reports

All parents will receive three reports per year and a copy of the student’s mock results from Y10 and Y11. The three reports will contain the following information:

  • GCSE/Vocational

Target:

This is generated from your child’s Key Stage 2 SATS performance in Reading and Maths which indicates what national trends suggest your child should achieve at the end of Year 11. 

The grid below demonstrates the link between KS2 SATS and GCSE/BTEC target.

  • Y11 predicted grade:

This is a teacher’s prediction which has been generated from your child’s current assessments and represent what the teacher believes your child will achieve at the end of Year 11. All students are assessed against GCSE criteria using grades 9 – 1, with 9 being the highest grade a child can be predicted.

Y11 GCSEs predicted grades are all reported in fine grades as follows eg:

7+   This student is predicted to be a very secure grade 7 and is beginning to demonstrate working at the grade above.

7     This student is predicted to be a solid grade 7.

7-    This student is not yet secure at grade 7.

Y11 Vocational predicted grades are reported as follows:

Level 2 (approx. equivalent to GCSE 9-5)                       

D*2 = Distinction

D2   = Distinction                                                                 

M2 =Merit

P1 = Pass

Level 1 (approx. equivalent to GCSE Grade 4 – 1

D1 = Distinction

M1 = Merit

P1 – Pass

  • Progress

This compares the Y11 predicted grade to the GCSE/Vocational target grade and rates progress as being “above, expected or below”.

  • Attitude To Learning

A grade ranging from A (excellent) to D (poor) which shows the students’ general approach to their learning in each classroom. A descriptor for each statement appears on the back of the student’s report

  • Homework:

A statement which describes the students’ approach to all homework tasks they have been set by each teacher. The statements are “A – excellent B- good C inconsistent and D Poor. A descriptor for each statement appears on the back student’s report. St Luke’s have a homework timetable which outlines when the homework is set and when it due to be returned. Tutors are tasked with checking homework on a daily basis in tutor time.

How are the routes and targets set?

All routes and targets allow us to create a “flight path” through all five years of secondary education from Key Stage 2 to the time students leave us in Year 11.

An overall expected route (KS3) and a Y11 GCSE/vocational target (KS4) are taken from the child’s SATS performance at the end of Key Stage 2. The GCSE/vocational target (KS4) is created using national data and DfE guidance about the performance of “like” students in each subject.

Reporting timetable

The school reporting timetable outlines when each year group will receive their report.

Term

Year group

Date reports are issued via School Gateway

Autumn term

Year 7 – Year 11

16 December 2019

Spring term

Year 7 – Year 11

23 March 2020

Summer term

Year 7 – Year 10

13 July 2020

 

Year 11

18 May 2020

How parents receive student reports

All our reports are sent out to parents electronically via “School Gateway“ .For details on how to register your email address to receive information from school gateway, please call reception 01392 204600. You can download the School Gateway app from your smart phone or search for it using a usual search engine on a computer/laptop. Follow the “new user” instructions to get started.

Parents Evenings

Regular face to face communication with parents is important and gives the additional time to raise things with us about your child’s education. In addition to the three reports we send home, we particularly welcome seeing parents from each year group in school.

In some year groups we invite parents to discuss student progress more than once in the year; this is because there is additional information to give parents regarding options, exams or additional support for students in receipt of the pupil premium grant or with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.

Obviously, if you are concerned about your students’ progress in between receiving reports and attending parents’ evenings, please do not hesitate to contact teachers and tutors to discuss this with them. Likewise, we will contact parents directly if there are serious concerns about any aspect of your child’s progress.