Understanding Grades/Levels and Reports

Targets

Targets are the grade that students should be aiming to achieve these represent expected progress considering the students starting point in the school. Many students will exceed their targets provided they work hard and act on the professional advice that they are given.

Teacher Assessments

In Years 7-9 students’ progress is assessed as their current working grade, this is assessed against GCSE criteria and considering the performance of similar students, historically, and the outcome achieved.

In Years 10-13 students’ progress is assessed as their current working towards grade. This is assessed using GCSE, AS and A Level grading criteria. The working towards grade is the most likely grade that the student will achieve if they maintain current standards of performance in school and in their homework, including effort.

Grades

In Key Stage 4 most pupils achieve grades on a scale from A* to G. The national expectation is a grade C. (The current Year 9 will be on the new grading system 9-1 for mathematics and English).

In addition the Grade of U is used for students who are achieving below GCSE standard.

GCSEs are given points so that they can be compared to other qualifications.

GCSE Grade
(Pre 2015)
Points
(Pre 2015)
Grade
(MA & EN from 2017,
most other subjects 2018)
Expected % of
Pupils Nationally
A* 58 9
8
7
6.8%
A 52 14.4%
B 46 6
5
4
21.5%
C 40 25.2%
D 34 3

2

1
16.7%
E 28 8.1%
F 22 4.1%
G 16 2.0%
U 0 0
1.2%

If a student follows a short course at GCSE then they are awarded half of the points, e.g a short course C grade is worth 20 points where as a full course gains 40 points.

Grades in Sixth Form

In Key Stage 5 pupils achieve grades on a scale from A to E. The national expectation is a grade E

In addition the Grade of U is used for students who are achieving below A Level standard.

A Levels are given points so that they can be compared to other qualifications.

GradeUCAS Points
A* 140
A 120
B 100
C 80
D 60
E 40
U 0

If a student follows a short course at GCSE then they are awarded half of the points, e.g a short course C grade is worth 20 points where as a full course gains 40 points.

Reports

In reports we often comment on personal attributes of student, such as effort. When doing this we relate students to the average William Farr Student.

Effort ScoreEffort DescriptionEffort
1 Excellent The student is making significantly greater effort than expected
2 Good The student is making the level of expected at William Farr
3 Requires Improvement The student is completing work but are not making effort comparable with their potential.
4 Cause for Concern We are concerned about the lack of effort

Progress

The school will award a grade to each students 3 times a year, this is a Professional Prediction of the expected outcome. As such a Year 8 student receiving a grade 5 means that the teacher is predicting that, based on the evidence available at this time, will go on to achieve a grade 5 at the end of Year 11 in the subject. These Professional Predictions are based on the information available at the time and are not a guarantee of outcomes. They do depend upon the students continuing to make the most effort available.

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