Data letter for parents Y8

October 2015

Dear Parent / Carer

There is much change taking place in education and in order to keep systems of assessment and reporting relevant to all stakeholders, we have reviewed the way that we report on your child’s
achievement in school and so for the first time we are introducing a new look Academic Review.

You will receive three academic reviews in KS3 at regular times throughout the academic year, detailing current and informed data on how your child is progressing in their studies. Below is an
explanation of the information listed on the report.

Attendance, Punctuality, Rewards and Behaviour

Found at the top of the report, this information gives you your child’s attendance data. We would not expect your child’s attendance to ever be below 96% whilst also expecting them to be on time
for school each and every morning. Reward points give you an indication as to how well your child is being rewarded in school. Reward points can be earned in a variety of ways, from outstanding pieces of work to making a positive contribution to school life. Behaviour points inform you of the number of concerns recorded on the system by staff.

Grouping of Subjects

The Department for Education has categorised subjects into groups we often refer to as ‘buckets’. Grouping subjects like this helps us to ensure that your son or daughter gets a well-rounded
education based on a curriculum that will best support them for further studies and the world of work. Schools will soon be judged on a measure called Attainment and Progress 8, replacing
headline figures like the percentage of students who have got 5A*-C with English and Maths. Categorising subjects like this will help us to ensure that we are best placed to ensure that your child
makes good progress in all subjects.


Based on DfE guidance, your child was set a target based on achievements at KS2. This level is a minimum target and our aim is to help and assist your child in making better than expected progress and gain a better level than targeted. As a result, you child has an upper target level. This is the kind of outstanding progress we want your child to achieve here at SPH.

Current Performance

This level informs you of what your child is currently working at in this subject. This grade takes into account lots of different assessments collated by staff during the duration of the course.

Attitude to Learning

Students are given a number between 1 – 4 indicating their effort and attitude to learning in that subject. A key explaining the numbered system can be found at the bottom of the academic review.

In building purposeful, solid relationships between the school and parents, we encourage open dialogue between both parties in order to secure the best possible outcomes for your child. Should
you have any concerns about your child’s learning, please feel free to contact their class teacher or indeed their Head of Department / Year on 01457 853 611. You may also want to contact a member of staff via email. Emails can be sent to staff using their initial and surname and the following address, for example: Please allow a reasonable amount time for a
member of staff to reply as teaching commitments might mean you do not get an instant response,
but they will be in touch as soon as possible.

As always, we welcome your feedback and should you have any comments or further questions, please don’t hesitate to let a member of staff know.

Yours sincerely

Mr D A Redfern
Assistant Head Teacher
Assessment and Reporting