Attainment, Progress and Targets

Attainment/Grades

From 2016, levels are no longer recognised in secondary schools, matching the changes to KS2 assessment and measures. Each secondary school therefore decides on its own way to measure attainment and progress throughout KS3. To match the phasing in of the new curriculum, we took the decision to move from 2 scales of measurement (levels and GCSE grades A*-G) to 1 scale of measurement (New GCSE grades 9 -1).

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The attainement/grades table at the bottom of the page shows (as a guide) how we convert between old KS2 / 3 Levels, numerical GCSE grades and Old GCSE letter grades.

Targets and Expected Progress

We firmly believe in the potential for all our students to progress rapidly and achieve highly. Regardless of their prior attainment (year 6 results) students are capable of achieving the very highest grades and indeed they regularly do. Therefore, we believe it morally correct to set highly aspirational targets at the ALC and support our students, in lessons and beyond, to achieve them.

Mathematics | The Dearne ALC
We aim to
  • Set clear and shared targets for every student at the school
  • Set targets that are challenging but achievableMake progress that, on average, is beyond the national expectation and national average
  • Take account of the new curriculum and headline measures
  • Take account of the now varied methods of assessing prior attainment in years 7 to 11

The targets and expected progress table at the bottom of the page shows, from each starting point, how we expect students to progress over their 5 years at the Dearne ALC.

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“Pupils are helpful, polite and courteous to staff, visitors and to each other. The atmosphere in school is positive, supportive and caring.” Ofsted 2016

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“The teaching of mathematics is effective. Most pupils make good progress in this subject.”

Maths

68% of students make expected progress or better

More able

“They are given a significant range of extra opportunities which prepare them well for life beyond the school. These pupils speak with passion and confidence about their ambitious aspirations for the future.” Ofsted 2016

90%

of more able students achieved an A or A*

Students leaving with 5 A*-C grades, including English and maths

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