During the academic year, you will receive a number of interim reports online through the ‘Insight [Reports]’ link on the school website, which will help to keep you informed of the progress made and the level of effort shown by your child. In addition to this you will also receive a full written report each year in which all of your child’s subject teachers and their form tutor will report on your child’s progress.
You will also have the opportunity to attend a parents’ evening where you will be able to meet all of your child’s subject teachers.
Explanation of Census data
Please refer to the below matrix for details on what information is provided at each census point.
Approach to Learning
Please see here for further guidance on the Approach to Learning criteria.
Progress Information – Key Stage 3
For each subject that your child studies, there will be a list of skills and content that has been covered so far this academic year, followed by one of the following descriptions:
Developing – your child is currently not yet secure in their knowledge and application of this skill;
Secure – your child has demonstrated that they are secure in their knowledge and application of this skill;
Exceeding – your child is exceeding CCS age-related expectations in their knowledge and application of this skill.
Full skills report:
In the full skills report, which will be published at the end of the academic year, parents will receive a full breakdown of all of the skills covered in all subjects during the course of the year, along with a full report on how your child is progressing in each of those skills. Most subjects will be reporting on between five and ten skills in total, ensuring that parents have a very clear idea of the exact strengths and areas for development for their child in each subject.
Progress Information – Key Stage 4 and 5
Every child is allocated a target grade for each subject. We use statistical data from the Department for Education to generate an estimated grade for each subject, based on its relative difficulty given your child’s previous performance in external assessments at either Y6 or Y11. This initial estimated grade is then moderated by individual teachers so that it gives an aspirational, yet achievable target that your child should work towards. Teachers are also given a further opportunity to revise the target during the course, once they have spent longer working with your child and have a better knowledge of their aptitudes and strengths.
A grade prediction is given at most Census points. For Y10 and Y11, these will mainly be a numerical grade ranging from 9 to 1, where 9 is the highest. (The Department for Education have published more details on this new grading system here). For Y12 and Y13, grades will range from A* to E, where A* is the highest.
The grade prediction given is the teacher’s prediction on what your child will achieve at the end of the course. In most cases, the end of the course is in Y11 or Y13, although there are still a handful of courses at Key Stage 5 that are split into AS (Y12) and A2 (Y13), in which case the Y12 prediction refers to the end of Y12.
Grade predictions are made by teachers based on performance in tests and assessments that have taken place during lesson time, quality of classwork and homework, depth of understanding demonstrated in class discussions and questioning, progress towards controlled assessment (if appropriate) or practical work (if appropriate), results of Pre-Public (mock) exams, and any other useful information. We think it is important to inform students and parents of predicted grades as soon as we feel we are able to, but please remember that these can be subject to change as more of the content of the courses is covered, or as students’ approach to learning improves or deteriorates over time.
Example of a selection of End of Year Exam results for a Year 10 student
All year groups will complete at least one set of formal Pre-Public (mock) exams, the results of which will be reported home at the next available Census point. These exams are designed to give as close an experience to “the real thing” as possible, and will generally be full GCSE or A-Level papers that have been used as the main paper for previous cohorts. Staff will mark these using the exam board’s published mark scheme, and grades given will be based on the grade boundaries published by the exam board where available.