Academic Reports at Ralph Thoresby School
At Ralph Thoresby School, we provide parents with academic reports on 2 occasions throughout the year. These reports are published during the first term and then again in the 3rd term. This page outlines how the reports will look and how the reports differ at the different stages of secondary school/sixth form. Here is what to expect from the academic reports in each year group:
Common information (Y7-Y13)
Every year group will the receive the following information, as standard:
Attendance information – this will be displayed as a percentage. The school target is 97% for every student.
Amount of achievements recorded
Amount of negative behaviours recorded
Attitude to learning: This is on a 0-3 scale. Attitude to learning reflects how students behave in each lesson and how well they meet our expectations (listed below)
Students are expected to follow all our core standards as per the policy in student planners
Students are expected to arrive on time to each lesson
Students are expected to follow each, and every instruction given to ensure that they make the maximum amount of progress in their lessons
Students are expected to strive to complete all work set, to the best of their ability, at every opportunity
Students are expected to always carry the correct equipment for each lesson
Students are expected to complete high-quality homework on time
Staff will enter an attitude to learning score, for each pupil, based on how the student conducts themselves in lesson time and how they approach their studies:
|Meets and exceeds our expectations all of the time|
|Expectations met most of the time|
|Expectations met some of the time|
|Has not met our expectations|
Strength: This is strength that each staff member awards to each student based on their performance in each subject
AFI: This is an area for improvement that each staff member awards to each student based on their performance in each subject
Differences between the year groups
We do not report grades in Y7. We do provide the following information:
Progress: This will be indicated by ON, ABOVE or BELOW. These relate to the assessment bands (below). The expectation is for all students to be ON track. If a child is BELOW track then they are not currently meeting the teacher’s expectations in terms of current learning levels and assessment results – they are not making enough progress. If a child is ABOVE track then they are making fantastic progress.
Assessment Band: This is the particular flightpath band that your child is currently in for each subject. The bands are: FOUNDATION/DEVELOPING/SECURE/EXCELLENCE. We do review these bands and, if a student is consistently making ABOVE expected progress, we would look to move a student into a higher band or give them access to further knowledge surrounding the curriculum.
Students will receive grade information in these year groups. Students and parents will receive a table giving grade information as follows:
The example above shows that this student is performing above the expected grade in both English and Maths. This means that this student is on track to achieve above their target grades – they are making excellent progress
Current grade: the grade of current or recent assessments. This grade is split into 3 (-/=/+). For example, a 5- would indicate that the student is operating at a grade 5 level but is not quite secure. A grade 7= would be a secure grade 7 and a 3+ would indicate a strong grade 3, moving towards a grade 4. This grade will be based on assessed material that has taken place most recently in the academic year. It could include things such as non-examined assessment at GCSE level, end of unit tests, and PINS assessments among other things.
Expected Grade: the grade that each student should be achieving at the time of the report. This is calculated using our flightpath system. In order to hit their target grades each student should be working at their expected grade. For a student to be fully on track we would expect to see their current grades equal that of the expected grades.
Target grade: For Y8 students, this target grade is the grade we would expect the student to achieve at the end of Y8. For Y9-11, the target grade is the GCSE target grade for the end of Y11 – the grade we ask the students to aim to achieve at the end of their courses. We calculate target grades using FFT20. FFT20 is an aspirational grade that considers each student’s prior attainment as well as social contexts.
Science Combined: Students will receive a double grade, e.g., ‘67‘, or ‘44‘, as this is a dual qualification worth 2 GCSEs
BTECs: GCSEs are known as ‘level 2’ qualifications. BTECs offer level 1 grades through to level 2 grades, each with PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION grades. Some qualifications also have a DISTINCTION STAR grading. The order of grades is as follows: L1P, L1M, L1D, L2P, L2M, L2D, (L2D*)
We also produce flightpaths for Y8-11. Our flightpaths are visual representations of progress over time. It compares current progress (red dots/lines) with expected progress over time (green dots/lines).
If the current level of progress line is above the expected level of progress line on the chart, then your child is making excellent progress above their targets (the example above shows what this looks like). The opposite is true in the progress line is below the expected level of progress line.
The flightpaths are split into each term. For example, 8.2 is year 8, term 2. 10.3 is the final term in Y10.
To help interpret the new number grades at GCSE level, the following graphic shows how the new grades roughly compare with the old GCSE grades:
Y12 and Y13
Students and parents will receive the following information as a single page report:
Current split grade – this is the current grade split into 3 (-/=/+). For example, a B- would indicate that the student is operating at a grade B level but is not quite secure. A grade C= would be a secure grade C and a B+ would indicate a strong grade B, moving towards a grade A. Current grades will be based on assessed material that has taken place most recently in the academic year. It could include things such as non-examined assessment in both A-level and BTEC courses, end of unit tests, and PINS assessments among other things.
Target grade – this is the target for the end of the course (end of Y13).
Attitude to learning grade (same scale as described above)
Strength – as described above
AFI – as described above
RTS Foundation Scale:
It is worth noting that not all students will be able to achieve a grade 1 GCSE level in certain subjects, in particular during the early years of secondary school. We have created the ‘Ralph Thoresby Foundation Scale’ to show progress for students who are not currently achieving a grade 1 GCSE grade (as a rough comparison guide a grade 1 GCSE is roughly equivalent to an old national curriculum level 3).
The foundation scale has 5 steps: F1 through to F5.
F1-F3 – contains what used to be old p-scales (historically used for students below national curriculum level 1)
F4 = equivalent to old NC level 1
F5 = equivalent to old NC level 2
Again, these grades will show a split (+, =, or -), e.g. F4+