In every subject a student has a target grade for the subject.
In Key Stage 3 (Year 7 – 8) targets are set as a percentage score. The target is the percentage that should be reached or exceeded by the end of Year 8.
In Key Stage 4 (Year 9 -11) targets are set as GCSE Grades. The target is the grade that should be reached or exceed by the end of Year 11 (except English Literature, for Year 9 and 10 students, this target should be reached or achieved by the end of Year 10. New English language targets will be set in Year 11)
During a school year, there are four key reporting points when we will tell you how your child is progressing towards their targets:
- A Progress Review – Three times a year, one per term.
- Annual Achievement and Progress Report – Once a year in Summer Term (earlier in Yr 11)
Reporting Dates 2017-18
A Progress Review details the grades for all the subjects your child studies. It will show the target percentage or grade for each subject and the marks they have achieved in their QMAs.
Quality Marked Assessments are the key assessment milestones in a subject. Many of these assessments are now exams that require revision, the rest will be composed of class based assignments and practical assessments; where practical work is more applicable for the subject.
Each QMA provides the students with an opportunity to review if they are “on track” to reach their target grades. To help students and parents do this, a series of infographics have been published by the school and can be viewed here. For each year group, there is a specific infographic, so you can see what point your son or daughter should be at in their work, to enable them to finally reach or exceed their targets by the end of the Key Stage
The QMA is a new and developing system at Culcheth High School. Click here to see the letter issued in November 2017 detailing the main changes to the whole school assessment system. Very soon, we intend to add a full curriculum plan of all the QMAs taking place this year (2017 – 18) at Culcheth High School.
Annual Achievement and Progress Reports are more detailed than a Progress Review. The annual report, includes grades to quantify how a student approaches learning in each subject, attendance data, and a personalised written report from your child’s teacher. Presented alongside the progress and achievement data, this report helps families to see which subject areas may require more attention and focus and possible reasons why.
Progress Reviews can now be sent directly to your smart phone. If you have been an app user for a while now you will know that this is the way we are communicating with parents. All school “text messages” go direct to the app. When a Progress Review is released, we will send you a link direct to the app for you to click on and review at your leisure. Please note the Progress Review link can only be sent to the parent registered as Priority 1 parent on our school systems. If you do not have a compatible device to use the app, most of its features are available on our school website and we are happy to email Progress Reviews to you directly if you let us know.