Understanding Student Progress

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


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

  • Minimum Expected Grade (MEG) : This is a  grade that each student is working towards in every subject by the time they leave the College in Year 11.

  • Predicted Attainment: This is based on how the student currently performs and is the actual grade/level that the teacher thinks the student will achieve by the time they leave college. It is based on recent assessments which have been completed in class.

    Attitude To Learning: A grade ranging from A (above expectation to D (Significant concerns,) which shows the students’ general approach to their learning in each classroom. A descriptor for each statement appears on the student’s report

    Revision and Learning: A statement which describes the students’ approach to our independent revision and Learning tasks which are set  by each teacher. The statements are “above expectation, expected,  below expectation or significant concerns”. A descriptor for each statement appears on the student’s report

Reporting timetable

The college reporting timetable outlines when each year group will receive their report. All our reports are sent out to parents via our “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 on your laptop. Follow the new user instructions to get started.

Assessment at the School

What do the grades mean?

All grades are shown as a number, plus a S, D or E.

For example:

5s is a secure grade 5

5d is a developing grade 5

5e is an emerging grade 5


How is the MEG set?

A MEG is an average minimum expected grade each student has, which will be the same for all their subjects. Having one grade makes it easier for a student to remember what is it they are working towards. There will obviously be some flexibility between the performance of each student in each subject and this is, therefore, an average across the subjects not a target for each one. Each MEG has been calculated using national data and DfE guidelines about the expected performance of “like” students. We use the primary school SATs levels to help us set a MEG and also the baseline tests we complete on entry into Year 7. This allows us to create a “flight path” through all 5 years of secondary education from Key Stage 2 to the time students leave us in Year 11.


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 four reports we send home, we particularly welcome seeing parents from each year group in the 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 Pupil Premium students or students 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 progress.


Attitude to Learning

We have made the decision to make some changes to our Attitude to Learning grades and criteria. The new grade descriptors for attitude to learning and homework are noted below for your information.