In September 2020, following extensive consultation with our Parent Forum, we launched our new assessment and reporting process. The launch document can be found here. 

The following diagram represents the expected student progress paths through Key Stage 3 and 4.

Although we are using linear flight paths to track progress, there will be times when your child is slightly below the flight path and at other times slightly above. This is still 'expected progress'. Students who are not on track are not failing and there is not an immediate cause for concern, but it may indicate that your child may need extra support in that subject area.

Intervention will be put in place for students who remain below the flight path for a sustained period of time. It is important to understand that your child’s attainment may move up or down at each attainment tracker depending on their performance in that particular unit of work and progress towards the specific key concepts taught.

In summary, you can expect to receive an Attainment Profile for your child three times a year. This will be issued to you electronically, via SIMS In Touch, and will report on the Application Checks that your child sat at the end of each term. We will report on each subject with a Band, and you can compare this with your child’s Expected Band.  

Expected bands are based on either Key Stage 2 attainment or CAT 4 Assessment. If your child is achieving his or her expected band then they can be said to be making ‘expected progress’.  

If you have any questions about this, please refer to the launch document. Questions about attainment profiles should be sent to: