Assessment in lesson

At Kingdown School, we assess the progress that you son / daughter is making in their subjects and report these to you via Data Collections (DC) throughout the year. Since September 2015, Kingdown School have also been using Go4Schools as a tool to allow parents / carers access to their child(s):

  • Achievement incidents
  • Attendance
  • Behaviour incidents
  • Trajectory grades

Furthermore, students and parents / carers can also check on the timetable for the week ahead, class names, class teachers, rooms.

Reporting Schedule

The following reporting schedule is for 2018/19:

Which Who Report Home
DC1 Year 11, Year 9 Core Weds 10th October
DC1 Year 7,8,9, 10 (AtL) No report home
DC1 Year 12, 13 Tues 16th October
DC2 Year 7, 8, 9, 10 Tues 4th December
DC2 Years 12, 13 Tues 11st December
DC3 Year 11 Tues 15th January
DC3 Years 12, 13 Thurs 24th January
DC4 Year 10 Weds 6th March
DC4 Year 7, 8, 9 Thurs 14th March
DC4 Year 12, 13 Thurs 21st March
DC4 Year 11 Thurs 28th March
DC5 Year 9, 10 Weds 8th May
DC5 Year 12 Thurs 16th May
DC6 Year 7 Tues 18th June
DC6 Year 8 Fri 21st June
DC6 Year 9 Year 9 – Tues 9th July
DC6 Year 10 Year 10 – Weds 10th July
DC6 Year 12 Year 12 Thurs 11th July

Data Collection Reports

Following feedback from students, parents and staff, we have amended the way in which we report on students this academic year. The revised data collection (DC) reports now contain the following information:

Target Grade:

The GCSE (or at KS5, A Level) grade teachers believe a student is capable of achieving if they work effectively in lessons and on homework tasks over an extended period of time. Please note that some students’ target grades increase as they move through school, in line with demonstrated improvements in specific curriculum areas. (If you have any queries about your child’s target grades, please discuss with their tutor in the first instance).

Trajectory grade: The GCSE (or at KS5 A Level) grade teachers believe a student is most likely to achieve, based on recent assessments and on the student’s attitude to learning.

Attitude to Learning:

This can be:

Excellent – all aspects of a student’s work are consistently outstanding

Good – a student’s attitude to working is in line with expectations. However, there may be an aspect of their working which requires a small improvement.

Slight Concerns – a specific aspect of the student’s working is raising a concern, which may only occur from time to time. If the concern persists, it may prevent the student from reaching their potential in the subject.

Serious Concerns – a specific aspect of the student’s working is causing a significant and ongoing concern. This will prevent the student from reaching their potential in the subject.

Attitude to Learning Comment:

The chance for staff to highlight the specific area(s) of a student’s working which require improvement.

Next Steps: A subject-specific comment which highlights which aspect of a student’s learning should be focused on next.

At Key Stage 3, the Next Steps comments will tie in with the subject Assessment Grids (first introduced at the parent information evenings in September / October) – these are also available on the school website in the KS3 area.

We would encourage all parents to discuss Data Collection reports with your child, particularly focusing on the targets for improvement for each subject area.

We hope that you find the new format reports clearer to read, and make more explicit the steps a student should take to improve their learning. If you have any questions about your child’s report, please contact their tutor (or, for a subject-specific enquiry their subject teacher) in the first instance. If you have feedback on the new format reports, please contact Mr Murray, Assistant Headteacher, via email at mr@kingdown.wilts.sch.uk

Students are graded according to GCSE grade criteria, on a scale which ranges from 9 to 1 (or A* to G).

Vocational subjects use the following grades:

GCSE Grade Approximate Vocational Equivalent
A* Distinction*
A Distinction
B Merit
C Level 2 Pass
D – – – –
E Level 1 Pass
F – – – –
G – – – –

Key Stage 5

Students are graded according to A Level criteria, on a scale which ranges from A*-E. Vocational subjects use the following grades:

GCSE Grade Approximate Vocational Equivalent
A Level Grade Approximate Vocational Equivalent
A* Distinction*
A Distinction
B – – – –
C Merit
D – – – –
E Pass

Rewarding Achievement and Progress

At Kingdown School we believe that students thrive on being rewarded for doing things well.  We believe that if a student is rewarded for doing a piece of good work they are more likely to want to repeat the experience.

All faculties follow a consistent rewards policy and reward students via ‘Reward Points’.  Reward points are also awarded via the pastoral and as part of the reporting system.

Students in Key Stage 4 also have the opportunity to be awarded an Academic, Community, Creative Arts or Sports Tie.  These points and ties are used as the basis for house competition, with students being rewarded in House and Award Assemblies.

Who to contact

If you have any questions about Assessment or Reporting, please contact:

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