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Recording of Pupil Progress at Key Stage 3

At Comberton Village College we believe that pupils should receive feedback which informs them of how well they are currently doing and what they can do in order to reach an even greater level of progress.

All schools have developed their own Key Stage 3 system for recording pupil progress, following the removal of the requirement for schools to use National Curriculum levels. We have developed our own system in consultation with the other schools in our Trust.

Our system of recording progress provides us with an excellent opportunity to develop a clear and succinct reporting system that focuses on progress. All pupils progress as their knowledge and skills develop and we therefore see an improvement in their attainment over time. Moving our focus away from numeric attainment levels allows our reporting system to focus on the fundamental information a pupil wants to know at the end of each term – “What progress am I making?”.

Banding

We have developed a banding system that starts with the ability of each pupil in each subject. We expect pupils in all bands to make a similar amount of ‘good progress’ each term. If a pupil makes good progress, they remain within their allocated band. We have placed pupils into Base Bands using data from:

  • Key Stage 2 tests
  • Internal Year 7 baseline scores upon entry to Comberton Village College
  • Past internal assessment scores (Years 8 and 9 only)
  • Using statistical predictions of likely GCSE attainment from the Fischer Family Trust

We also encourage pupils to go beyond their initial band and to try to reach even greater levels of progress.

Below is a table to show the final progress we expect a pupil making good progress in each band to achieve at GCSE level.

Key Stage 3 Progress Band 

Likely GCSE Grade

Explanation

Exceptional

7-9

Pupils placed in this band performed at a level well above the expected national standard.

Advanced

6-7

Pupils placed in this band performed at a level above the expected national standard.

Secure

5-6

Pupils placed in this band performed at a level consistent with the expected national standard.

Developing

4

Pupils placed in this band performed at a level below the expected national standard.

Emerging

3-4

Pupils placed in this band performed at a level well below the expected national standard.

Effort Scores

Pupils’ efforts with classwork. organisation, homework and behaviour are also recorded. These effort scores are on a 4-point scale, as outlined below.

Effort Scores

Explanation

Excellent

The pupil is putting in excellent effort; they are consistently meeting expectations and looking for additional opportunities to develop their learning.

Good

The pupil is putting in good effort; they are completing the necessary to achieve their potential and meeting teacher expectations.

Limited

The pupil is not putting in quite enough effort; they are, upon occasions, needing prompting to work, or add detail, or be timely.

Cause for Concern

The pupil is not putting in enough effort; they need prompting to meet teacher expectations and don’t take ownership of their learning.

Where there is a ‘Cause for Concern’, our staff contact parents / carers to discuss the issue and the intervention measures that are to be put in place in order to support the pupil so that they can improve.

Transition grades

 When pupils transition to the next Key Stage, a grade is given to show how successfully the pupil is meeting the new demands, be it from year 9 to 10 or into year 12. An explanation of the transition grades is outlined below.

Transition Grade

Explanation

Exceeding Expectations

The pupil has made a very positive transition. They are demonstrating the attitude and determination necessary to achieve highly. They are arriving punctually to lessons, with all the correct equipment, and meeting all homework deadlines.

Meeting Expectations

The pupil has made a positive transition. They are arriving punctually to lessons, completing all homework tasks by the deadline and displaying a positive attitude. Their notes are organised and they arrive at lessons with the correct equipment.

Falling Below Expectations

There are some concerns about the transition this pupil has made that may result in slower progress.   

Failing to Meet Expectations

There are major concerns about the transition this pupil has made.

Reporting to Parents and Carers

Termly reports are emailed to parents and carers. These state the progress band a pupil is in for each subject and the effort score for each of the 4 areas.

Parents and carers should contact Mrs Lawrence on rlawrence@combertonvc.org with any questions regarding our assessing of pupil progress.

Click on the timetables to the left to see the assessments planned for each year group.