A key feature of Woodham’s academic calendar is its in-house monitoring of attainment and progress. This takes the form of academic reviews based on Expected and Target grades. The process has built upon the structures of the former ‘Rising Stars’ system, with the frequency and information generated becoming far more specific to help students progress.

Target grades come in two formats:

  • Expected Grade – The minimum expected standard for student’s progress
  • Target Grade – An aspirational standard set by teachers

Each subject will provide students with the targets. These targets are challenging but realistic, derived largely from prior academic performance. Staff  identify progress towards these targets by assessing attainment, effort, behaviour and homework. Reports are mailed to parents and discussed with students by tutors and subject staff.

A detailed analysis follows each review. Students who are making good progress are recognised through rewards points for their house and in our regular rewards assemblies. Where we identify under-achievement, intervention is put in place by a Head of Learning, or alternatively, a referral is made to the Learning Centre to help get the student back on track.

How Target and Expected Grades are assigned:

All students enter secondary education with a scaled score, based upon their progress and performance in primary school. This score typically ranges from 80 to 120 and is based upon maths and English (including SPAG and reading)

Diagram to represent expected progress

Profile on entry End of year 7 End of year 8 End of year 9 End of year 11
<99 Trans 5&6

GCSE Level 1

GCSE Level 1 & 2 GCSE Level 2 & 3 GCSE Level 4
99 – 103 GCSE Level 1 & 2 GCSE Level 2 & 3 GCSE Level 3 & 4 GCSE Level 5 & 6
>103 GCSE Levels 1,2 & 3 GCSE Level 3 & 4 GCSE Levels 4,5 & 6 GCSE Levels 6,7,8,9

The expected grade is based upon the calculations within FFT 50, making this expected grade a typical outcome for 50% of students nationally (e.g. 50% of students who enter secondary school with a profile of 104 gain a grade 6 by the end of year 11)

Target grades will be used as a method of raising aspiration within subjects, particularly those where students have shown good levels of progress further down the school. E.g. If a student has a profile of 100 and has an expected target of level 5, this might be increased to level 6 due to how they have done in years 7,8 & 9. (Target grades will not be less than expected)

Information updated July 2016.

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