Reporting Progress

Target Setting

We aim to set ambitious but achievable goals for our pupils. From Year 7, pupils are assigned to an estimated attainment flightpath. Calculated using their KS2 scores, FFT data and teacher baseline assessments, this an estimate of the minimum GCSE grade they should aim to achieve based on the progress made by similar pupils nationally. We encourage pupils to focus on achieving or surpassing this grade if they can. In Year 10 and 11, pupils will be given a specific GCSE target grade in each subject they study.

 They can move up if they demonstrate sustained progress over time.

Assessing and Monitoring Progress

After changes to the KS3 National Curriculum were introduced in 2013, the National Curriculum Levels used to measure the attainment of pupils in Key Stage 3 became obsolete. Schools now use their own systems to assess pupils and monitor progress.
At The Observatory School we use flight paths to monitor the progress pupils are making towards their goals. We use sophisticated data systems to ensure we are able to identify pupils who are making expected progress and those who may need additional support.

Reporting Progress

Parents receive a formal report each term. These reports indicate where a pupil is the level of progress a pupil is making towards their targets and their attitude to learning in each subject. Reports are accessed through ParentApp and email.

 

What to do if you have concerns about your child’s progress

Pupils progress at different rates, so please do not be unduly concerned if your child is not making expected progress in all lessons. In most cases, pupils will be clear about what they need to do to improve and may just need time and support to do so. Looking in their school books or discussing their progress with them will often be informative.

Keeping Parents Informed

Parent Group

Half termly informal drop in aiming to offer support and guidance. Sessions range from expert guest speakers to discussions about parents supporting extra curricular activities and events. Find information about dates on the calendar on the home page or via the dates download to the left.

Parent Group

Half termly informal drop in aiming to offer support and guidance. Sessions range from expert guest speakers to discussions about parents supporting extra curricular activities and events. Find information about dates on the calendar on the home page or via the dates download to the left.