Assessment Accreditation & Exam Results
Here you will find out how we monitor the progress of our learners and what external accreditation they achieve.
There is a comprehensive system of assessment, recording and reporting in the school that informs the planning process so that pupils’ progress can be effectively monitored. As pupils enter school there is an initial assessment completed to assist in setting targets for the pupils’ Personal Learning Plan (PLP). These assessments are based around the 4 elements of SEND ie; Communication & Interaction, Cognition & Learning, Physical & Sensory, and Social, Emotional & Mental Health. Each pupil follows a Personalised Assessment Pathway in line with their Education, Health & Care Plan. All pupils are assessed using the B Squared Scheme which measures pupil progress on a year-by-year basis and effectively measures the extent to which pupils have progressed. The results of these assessments are used to compile whole-school targets for improvement. All parents receive a termly report on progress within the PLPs and ‘Evidence for Learning’. Pupil’s PLPs relate directly to their Education Health and Care Plan through the Annual Educational Review process and enable the development and support of individual key skills and learning goals.
Pupils have the opportunity to enter for SATs assessments, if appropriate. Often these assessments tell us very little of what our children can do, but they are occasionally useful for a small number of our pupils. Through the Key Stage 4 and Post 16 curriculum, students complete modules of work and receive accreditations through examination bodies, e.g. ASDAN. Decisions regarding other examinations are based upon a child’s individual needs or capabilities.
The school’s pupil progress data information can be found here
More information is contained in the Assessment, Recording and Reporting Policy.
All pupils take part in an assembly each week that awards certificates and/or stickers for good work and achievement.
On leaving the school students receive their final Record of Achievement, including their externally accredited examination certificates and a portfolio of work as part of a presentation package which details their achievements.
Evidence of pupils’ work in their files, books and displayed in classrooms and corridors, shows excellent progress in basic literacy and numeracy skills by all age groups and in a wide range of subjects. Ofsted, 2016
Last year all Year 11 pupils achieved units in the Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN) Transition Challenge Award. As a result this group of pupils have a high success rate with their personal learning pathways by the time they leave school. Ofsted, 2016
Standard Assessment Test Results
The End of Key Stage assessments are set at a level which makes them inaccessible to the majority our pupils and therefore our children do not meet the eligibility criteria to take the tests. Consequently the results for statutory assessment at the end of each Key Stage do not present the best measure of the standards of achievement attained by our pupils. In school we use a variety of measures to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our pupils, including the B Squared scheme. Pupil assessment is completed termly, and moderated annually. The data is analysed by teachers and deputy head teachers in order to identify progress and interventions to support improved results for individuals and groups of pupils.
Below are detailed the outcomes of assessment against National Standards for the Academic Year 2016/17.
At Key Stage 2, 3 pupils were assessed at ‘W’ in English/Maths
‘W’ – represents pupils who are working towards Level 1 of the National Curriculum.
School and college performance tables
The Government has a website detailing all schools performance so that schools performance nationally can be compared. Here you will find our school’s performance tables page.
The school sets ambitious and predictive outcomes for pupils at the end of each key stage. The outcomes of these attainments are available upon request from the Head Teacher.
Inspectors’ analysis of the school’s records show that the rate of pupils’ progress has increased over the last three years. The proportion of pupils making better than expected progress, based on their starting points, has increased since the last inspection and is now above that of their peers in mainstream schools. Furthermore, a higher proportion of pupils in receipt of the pupil premium grant reach the standards expected for their starting points in English and mathematics, compared to their peers nationally. In addition, despite being in the minority, girls make outstanding progress too. Ofsted 2016
Students have the opportunity to take part in modules leading to accreditation by an examination board; usually ASDAN.
Pupils in Year 10 and 11 work towards accreditation through ASDAN’s ‘Transition Challenge’ and in the Post 16 phase pupils work on units in ‘Personal Progress’ achieving accreditation at the end of Year 14.
In the academic year 2017-18 the following accreditations were achieved:
7 students achieved a total of 22 units in ASDAN’s Transition Challenge
12 Students achieved a total of 157 credits through the Asdan Units in Personal Progress. Of these 12 students, 6 achieved accreditation of ASDAN Units in Personal Progress at the ‘Diploma’ level, and 6 achieved the ‘Certificate’ level.
At 19 all leavers achieved units in the ASDAN Personal Progress Award at either certificate or diploma level. Ofsted 2016