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Smithdon High School

Understanding Progress

Over recent years there have been number of changes to the attainment grades that students are given.

In particular, students no longer receive National Curriculum levels during key stage 3 and from 2018 all GCSEs subjects will use the new 1-9 grading system.

A Grade 4 in the new grading system is broadly equivalent to a C grade in the previous GCSE grading system; a Grade 7 is broadly equivalent to an A grade.

We will report the progress your child is making regularly at Smithdon High School and we will use the new grading system.

When we report progress we will make a professional prediction based on current assessment as to what we think your child will achieve at the end of Year 11; this is called the Predicted Grade and should be compared against the Target Grade to understand how well your child is doing.

We generate targets based on how well children performed at the end of primary school; because we want every child to excel, our targets are in line with the highest performing students nationwide.

If you have any questions regarding our reporting process or a report you have received please contact the relevant member of staff:

  • Ms Moat – Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8) Progress Leader
  • Dr Outten – Key Stage 4 (Year 9 and 10) Progress Leader
  • Miss Fairweather – Year 11 Raising Standards Leader