“Students achieve well. They make good progress from their different starting points to gain GCSE results that are significantly above the national average.” Ofsted 2013
Our teachers aim to give every student the opportunity to experience success in learning and to achieve the highest standards.
All staff at Kingsmead are aware that students bring to school different experiences, interests and strengths, which will influence the way they learn. Teachers and Teaching Assistants plan their approaches to learning to ensure all students can engage in lessons fully and effectively.
Student progress is continually assessed, monitored and reported to parents through progress reports and consultation meetings.
To help us ensure that the highest standards are maintained year on year, we compare the academic performance of our students with those achieved both locally and nationally.
New Accountability Measures:-
Progress 8, Attainment 8, English Baccalaureate & Percentage achieving a good grade, (Level 5) in English and Maths.
Currently all students, academies and schools are measured on how many GCSE’s they achieve at A*-C including English and Mathematics. From 2016, schools and academies will be measured on how much progress students make from when they start in Year 7 to when they complete their exams at the end of Year 11. This will be known as Progress 8.
From 2016 Progress 8 will be introduced for all. The Progress 8 measure is designed to encourage all students to study a broad and balanced curriculum. The new measure will be based on students’ progress measured across eight subjects. For each student the 8 subjects must be a combination from the diagram below. The Progress 8 score will always be determined by dividing the points total by 10 (the eight qualifications with English and Mathematics counting double), regardless of how many qualifications your child sits or in which subjects.
Each student will also leave Kingsmead School with the following information;
- Attainment 8 – showing the average achievement in the same suite of subjects as the Progress 8 measure.
- English and Mathematics – If your child achieved a C grade or better in both English (either Language or Literature) and Mathematics.
- The EBacc – If your child achieved good A* - C grades across a range of academic subjects
Below is a mock example of what your child would leave Kingsmead School with at the end of Year 11:
|Progress 8 Score||Attainment 8 Score||Achieved English & Maths||Achieved EBacc|
Qualifications that will count towards the Progress 8 measure
All full-course GCSEs count towards the Progress 8 measure, along with any approved, high-value qualifications.
Other approved qualifications
Up to three vocational qualifications can count towards the Progress 8 measure. In the open group of subjects, any GCSE can count, or any of the high-value, approved vocational and academic qualifications can count. At Kingsmead School the majority of the qualifications we offer will count in the Progress and Attainment 8 measure.
Double-weighting of English
All students will study both English Language and English Literature. When results are in, the higher grade will count twice and the lower grade will form part of Progress 8 if it is one of their best 8 grades.
All students will study Science up to the age of 16. Combined science will count as two slots. Separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics each count as one slot.
The EBacc recognises the success of students who attain GCSEs at grades A*- C in the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Geography or History, Science and Languages.
Please Note: All of the GCSE qualifications are being reviewed and made more challenging. These will be graded using a 9 to 1 scale as opposed to the current A* - G scale.