Information for parents on the new expected grades and standard ranges


Feedback , DIRT and Growth Mindset


Research suggests that feedback on student work has the single biggest impact on student progress, especially when students are given time to respond to that feedback. Feedback can be given through a range of approaches such as; written marking, verbal feedback, peer and self-assessment. The best feedback accurately identifies what needs to be done next in order to improve.

The most effective feedback does not always require that work is graded as research shows students focus more on the grade than how to improve. Hence you will find that feedback in books informs improvement but may not include a grade or mark.

Since September 2014 we have been developing DIRT: Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time. Time in class is devoted to giving students time to reflect on their learning, improve it following feedback and decide next steps in their learning. You will see evidence of this in books as students respond to feedback to improve their work.

We are developing a ‘growth mindset’ within the school which will ensure all students understand and see the value of embedding knowledge through redrafting and improving work. The main concept is a change to the language: moving from ‘I can’t do this!’ to ‘I can’t do this yet!’ Developing a positive growth mindset will help students tackle new challenges at school.


Changes to the GCSE grading system

The existing ‘A* to G’ system is being phased out, to be replaced by the new ‘9 to 1’ system.

Y11 will be awarded GCSE grades in August 2017 mainly using A* - G, but with English and Maths using ‘9 to 1’.

Y10 will be awarded GCSE grades in August 2018 mainly using ‘9 to 1’, but with Design and Technology, ICT & Business Studies using A* to G.

Y9, Y8 & Y7 will be awarded all GCSE grades in August 2019 / 20 / 21 using the ‘9 to 1’ system.





Report Descriptors for Behaviour for Learning 

Outstanding Behaviour for Learning - The student has a thirst for knowledge, a love of learning and strives for excellence. Behaviour, manners, punctuality and endeavour are impeccable

Good Behaviour for Learning- Attitude shows pride in his/her work and a determination to succeed even when the work is challenging. Works cooperatively with other students and staff, responding quickly to instructions. Is always ‘ready to learn’ as he/she is properly equipped, punctual and focused

Behaviour for Learning which Require Improvement- Attitude sometimes limits the quality of work produced, e.g. gives up too easily or loses focus. Cooperates poorly and/or fails to promptly follow instructions; occasionally disrupts lessons. Is not always ‘ready to learn’ as he/she is sometimes poorly equipped, late or lacking focus

Inadequate Behaviour for Learning- Attitude has a negative impact on his/her own learning and/or on the learning of others. Causes persistent low level disruption or shows a lack of respect for other students or staff. Is regularly not ‘ready to learn’ as he/she is too often poorly equipped, late or unfocused

Report Descriptors for Study Skills

Outstanding Study Skills - Effort with homework is impeccable. Takes responsibility for learning; planning revision to builds upon continuous reviewing/reflection on work. Extremely positive response to feedback shows he/she is greatly motivated to learn

Good Study Skills- Effort with homework is good and is handed in on time. Prepares for assessed work/exams by revising thoroughly using a range of suitable techniques. Takes responsibility for his/her own learning by reviewing/reflecting on work through the year. Responds to feedback positively

Study Skills which Require Improvement- Effort with homework is lacking and/or is occasionally handed in late. Revision and preparation for assessed pieces is inconsistent or ineffective. Little attempt is made to review/reflect on their learning throughout the year. Response to feedback is not always positive

Inadequate Study Skills- Homework, revision, reviewing of work and response to feedback are poor

Report Descriptors for Study Skill 2018-19 

Assessment Summaries and Reports Dates

Every subject publishes an assessment summary for each year group so that students and parents can see which assessments are used in the 3 reports which parents receive just prior to the end of each term.


Report Distribution Dates for 2018-19

20th November 2018 - Year 11 Report Issued

29th November 2018 - Year 10 Report Issued

5th December 2018 - Year 9 Report Issued (Attitude only)

18th December 2018 - Year 7 and 8 Report Issued

7th March 2019 - Year 11 Mock Results Morning

21st March 2019 - Year 8 Second Report Issued

2nd April 2019 - Year 7, 9 and 10 Second Report Issued 

2nd May 2019 - Year 11 Summative Report

17th July 2019 - Year 7, 8, 9, 10 Summative Report