We set targets for students in a variety of ways at West Kirby Grammar School.
KEY STAGE 3 - YEARS 7-8
The School has its own assessment system which meets the directive of 'Assessment without Levels'. This follows the 1-9 grading system from Year 7. The student uses a range of data collection methods to judge prior attainment and potential, including:
- Key Stage 2 scaled scores (unless your daughter has not completed these tests)
- CAT4 tests (if your daughter has not completed KS2 SATS)
- In-house baseline tests
If a scaled score is provided from primary school, a flight path is used to show the likely outcome for the end of Year 11 using our nationally acclaimed data tracking package SMID Report. In the first autumn half term, a baseline assessment is completed for every student in every subject. From then on, when assessment grades are issued (see the annual overview) each grade is split into three sections, entitled "Emerging", "Functioning" and "Mastering". These are not the same as sub-levels as they are often time-specific and the focus is on mastering certain skills and outcomes before progressing to the next grade. Grade descriptors on a 1-9 scale have been created by our departments and parents will be informed where they are securely stored.
KEY STAGE FOUR - YEARS 9-11
In Key Stage 4, judgements are made about the PROGRESS that students make from the end of primary school until GCSE. Progress 8 is a measure which is used across all UK state schools and is calculated by the difference between the actual points score a student achieves in 8 relevant subjects versus the expected points score. (EA8). The expected points score is based upon the levels/scores each student achieved in Maths & Reading KS2 SATS. Targets at WKGS are therefore set using EA8 scores.
In Year 9 and Year 10, numerical targets are set in all subjects.
In Year 11, numerical targets are set in all subjects except Business Studies, Health & Social Care, Product Design & Textiles GCSE as these subjects are still delivering older/legacy courses and will be graded A*-G.
Students who attended a Welsh primary school or an independent preparatory school will not have KS2 data. We use baseline assessments, entrance examination scores and any data provided by the previous school to set provisional targets on entry. Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) scores are also used as is any KS1 indicator data, where appropriate.
KEY STAGE FIVE - YEARS 12-13
A-level targets are generated using the ALPS scaling system taking average GCSE performance into account. Where the profile of grades is not equal for all subjects, difficulty ratings and the student’s own performance in each subject at GCSE (where taken) is used to distribute the grades. Target grades are raised to A* for A2 level where appropriate (Y13 2016-17). UCAS predicted (estimated) grades are given at the start of Year 13. These are also used for internal analysis purposes.
In all year groups, termly data collections, reports and an annual parents evening per year group are used to ensure parents/carers are aware of how their daughter/son is progressing. For more information about when reporting takes place, please CLICK HERE.