Data Collection 2 reports for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be given to students to take home on Tuesday 5th December, 2017.

Please spend time looking through the report and speaking to your child about the grades and comments that are on the report.

Remember, you can also access the report – and check on attendance, behaviour and grades – via Go4Schools (www.go4schools.com) and click on the Parent link in the top right hand corner.

The system uses the email address that Kingdown School has on record. If you have updated your email address and not informed the school, you may not be able to log in to Go4Schools.

Year 10 English Grades

As you are aware, your child will be sitting their GCSE English Literature exam at the end of Year 10. Their progress is measured by the timed exam practices they do in lesson, to replicate actual exam conditions.

Because of this, it is more useful for English teachers to report a student’s current working grade (i.e. what they would achieve if they were sitting the exam today), rather than the trajectory system used in other subjects (i.e. the expected grade at the end of Year 11); this allows us to gain an accurate picture of strengths and weaknesses that we need to work on together. The Literature exam mark scheme assesses the same skills across each section of the exam, so we find that students make progress towards their personal target with each timed exam piece they do.

Students will make more rapid progress if they start the revision process now, and treat the timed assessments we do like mini-exams, revising and preparing for them in the same way as for the real thing. To support students with this, we are selling CGP revision guides for each exam text on Wisepay, and have a comprehensive afterschool revision schedule to help students revise material that they are not currently studying in class.

If you have any questions about your child’s progress in English Literature, please do not hesitate to contact their English teacher or Mrs Ashton (as@kingdown.wilts.sch.uk)