Assessment & Reporting

Frequently Asked Questions


A number of frequently asked questions regarding Assessment & Reporting are answered in this document.

Please also refer to our Assessment Policy, available to download by clicking on the image below:

Student Progress Reports


This year we are amending our assessment and reporting system for Years 7 to 11.  Every time you receive a report, you will receive two types of information for each subject taken by your son/daughter.


1. Year 11 target and Progress Indicator:


Target grades are based on the 9-1 scale that your child will be assessed on in their GCSEs in Year 11. Below is a conversion chart of what the 9-1 grading structure looks like in comparison to the old A*-G grading structure:

The Year 11 aspirational targets are based on your child’s Key Stage 2 (Year 6) attainment in English and Maths, with an added challenge reflecting the high standards aspired to by Chellaston Academy. (You need to bear this in mind when reviewing progress made in specialist subjects such as Drama, P.E or Art).


We have already mapped the progress each child should make from year 7 up to year 11 in order to achieve this target in Year 11. We then report to you if they are ‘below’, ‘on’ or ‘above’ this expected trajectory at each reporting stage.

If a student is showing as ‘on’ or ‘above’ on the progress indicator this represents outstanding progress. Any student falling ‘below’ will be supported by their subject teacher to ensure they make the progress we would expect. In addition to this, within each subject area on Firefly, there are materials to support progress that can be accessed independently.

2. Attitude to Learning:


We have identified five key characteristics of students who make great progress in their attitude to learning, namely:


• Work completed in class;

• Homework quality;

• Participation in lesson;

• Ownership of their own learning;

• Resilience.


We believe that students’ development of these skills is of great importance in determining their future progress and attainment, as well as preparing them for life beyond school.  In each report you will receive a ‘grade’ which represents a best fit for those descriptors for each subject. It is very important that you consider what this means regarding your child’s learning, rather than seeing it as a score:  if a child does not achieve an A, it does not mean they are under-achieving.  You can see the full definitions in the table below.

Dates for 2017-18 Reports:


Each year group will receive 3 Progress Reports throughout the year. Whilst we reserve the right to change these dates, below is the dates of the fortnight beginning you will receive your child’s progress report: