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Reporting Schedule

The reporting schedule for 2016-17 is as follows (please note, DC1 for Year 9 will be for English, Maths and Science only):

Data Collection Date 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Data Collection 1 17/10/16 Y Y Y Y
Data Collection 2 1/12/16 Y
Data Collection 2 9/12/16 Y Y Y Y Y Y
Data Collection 3 12/01/17 Y
Data Collection 3 19/1/17 Y Y
Data Collection 3 31/1/17 Y
Data Collection 4 16/03/17 Y Y Y
Data Collection 4 23/03/17 Y Y Y
Data Collection 4 30/03/17 Y
Data Collection 5 25/05/17 Y Y
Data Collection 6 20/06/17 Y
Data Collection 6 20/06/17 Y
Data Collection 6 20/06/17 Y
Data Collection 6 13/07/17 Y

Data Collection Reports 2016-17

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 me via lo@kingdown.wilts.sch.uk

Dave Locke
Deputy Headteacher

Key Stage 4

Students are graded according to GCSE grade criteria, on a scale which ranges from 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

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.

Awards Assemblies

Twice a year Kingdown School holds five Awards Assemblies – one for each House.  These are the occasions when parents are invited to join their child to celebrate the achievements of the students.  Any student or parent who knows of a particular achievement should let their child’s tutor know so that we can recognise it in one of the Awards Assemblies.

In addition to these rewards students can expect a wide range of stamps, stickers and reward charts which their teachers will place in their book or personal organisers to celebrate success.

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