Assessment criteria - Years 7 to 11

We work in partnership with students and parents to ensure that students fulfil their
own personal potential. “Attitude and Effort” awards (“Attitude to Learning” awards in
the sixth form) are an integral part of our monitoring process, and are communicated
every half term. These awards make a regular judgement on students’ attitude and effort in
every subject. In addition, a progress check is made by every subject each term and
communicated to parents.

The purpose of this monitoring is threefold:

• to keep parents informed on a regular basis

• to offer students reward and recognition for hard work in addition to attainment

• to flag up patterns in student progress so that we can implement early intervention
where required


Attitude and Effort

'A and E' assessments are reported on a half-termly basis. From Autumn 2018 these will be on the scale:

Outstanding Consistently goes the extra mile, dedicated to continual improvement and reaching their full potential.
Very Good Always shows a very good attitude to learning, could still take a more pro-active role.
Positive Does what is required with enthusiasm, consistency is needed.
Unacceptable because they are Coasting Disruptive Lacking in Interest
Does the minimum of what is asked of them either in lessons or at home. Has more to offer. Has interrupted lessons or stopped others from learning on more than one occasion. Does not appear to be motivated to learn or achieve. Extra support has been required to keep them on task.



Students' progress is reported on a termly basis.

We track students' progress against their Hanley Expected Minimum (HEM) and Hanley Aspirational Target (HAT) grades. These are using GCSE grades 9-1.

Please note that from September 2015 National Curriculum levels have been removed in schools. We therefore measure students progress against a set of criteria which the school has devised. These are based on the skills represented by the new GCSE 9-1 grade criteria.

Progress of students in Year 7, 8 and 9 is measured against this W-9 scale, where grade W represents a student who is working towards the skills required for a grade 1. This same scale will be used as they progress through to Year 11.

We use Key Stage 2 test results along with our own baseline testing to determine students' starting point on this scale in each subject. We aim for students to move up 4 grades between Year 7 and Year 11, although we are acutely aware that progress is rarely linear for individuals or within certain subjects. When students reach Key Stage 4 the focus will be on achieving and exceeding their target grades.

Please click here to access the W-9 assessment criteria for each subject.

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