One of the most important things parents want to know is how well academically, pupils do at Ralph Sadleir. Naturally this is not the only thing that is important and there are a whole range of ways that our pupils achieve and make progress here but it is understandably an area that influences parents’ choice when thinking about schools.
At Ralph Sadleir we focus on individual achievement and progress by assessing pupils’ abilities when they join and then at significant annual points throughout their time until they leave. We use both national tests as well as teacher assessments when making judgements about pupil achievement and progress.
As a middle school the only external assessments that we are judged on nationally are the Key Stage 2 SATS, which are taken in the May of the pupils’ second year with us. Whilst we use this as a significant marker post on our pupils’ progress journey we feel that a better, more accurate judgement on progress is from entry to exit (Start of Year 5 to end of Year 8) as opposed to one taken after only 21 months.
Broadly speaking, all of our pupils make good progress from entry to exit when compared with other middle schools both locally and nationally and exceed that of their peers from the two tier primary/secondary system.
Our progress and attainment are measured and displayed in both National Curriculum Levels and APS. Calculating an average point score (APS) allows you to find the numerical average of different kinds of data, such as National Curriculum levels and alphabetical grades, for the purpose of comparing attainment.
APS can be calculated for:
- Groups of students, for example girls, boys, SEND
- Whole year groups
When we calculate the APS for all pupils in a single subject, we add together the points scores of all the pupils taking the subject and divide the total by the number of pupils.
An APS is calculated by converting National Curriculum levels, into points. Each attainment level or grade for a particular qualification is equivalent to a point score. For example, a Level 3 is worth 21 points and a GCSE grade C is worth 40 points.