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Target Setting, Assessment Cycle & Reporting Policy

Target Setting

At Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, we are committed to ensuring that all within our community make outstanding progress. As a result, personalised, Aspirational Target Grades are set for all students. These are based on Key Stage 2 test results and the average progress made by similar students in the top 5% of the country. They are challenging, but attainable targets and represent the grade that a student should be aiming for at GCSE.

CPOA Excercise

Formal Assessment Points

There are 3 assessment points during each academic year.

Class teachers are responsible for ensuring that the assessment grades for the classes they teach are recorded on SIMS, as per the academy policy:

  • Progress Measure (Year 7, 8 and 9).
  • Projected Grade (Year 10 and 11).
  • Attitude to Learning Score (including Home Learning).

Once grades have been entered onto the system, Subject Leaders and Heads of Faculty will ensure that all data is internally moderated.


We will report on student progress every term.
Reports will be emailed to parents.

Parents are actively encouraged to discuss the report carefully with their child, highlighting areas for improvement and considering action points for further progression. Where there is a corresponding parents’ evening, this should be done with the support of the Class Teacher.

Form Tutors will ensure that this process is also completed in Form Time, with action points being formally recorded. These action points will then be reviewed and adjusted at the next reporting cycle.

Class teachers will ensure that Target Grades are shown on the front of a student’s Academy exercise book and that current performance (including teacher comments) is recorded using the Academy Feedback Sticker.

Individual student progress is reviewed both by subject areas and the Pastoral Team with a view to celebrating success and to address underachievement. Should a student not be making expected progress then an intervention will be put in place. Where a student is consistently exceeding their Target Grades, then these will be reviewed and, if appropriate, increased (see above).


Upper School:

GCSE Grade Points Score
Grade 9 9
Grade 8 8
Grade 7 7
Grade 6 6
Grade 5 5
Grade 4 4
Grade 3 3
Grade 2 2
Grade 1 1

(Subjects in this category: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Double Science, Computer Science, French, German, Spanish, Geography, History, Media Studies)

BTec First Award Grade or WJEC Level 1/2 Award Points Score
Level 2 Distinction * 8.5
Level 2 Distinction 7
Level 2 Merit 5.5
Level 2 Pass 4
Level 1 Pass 1.75

(Subjects in this category: Art, Child’s Play, Drama, Engineering, Hospitality, Music, Sport, Travel & Tourism)

Btec Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award or OCR Cambridge National Certificate Points Score
Level 2 Distinction * 8.5
Level 2 Distinction 7
Level 2 Merit 5.5
Level 2 Pass 4
Level 1 Distinction 3
Level 1 Merit 2
Level 1 Pass 1.25

(Subjects in this category: Health & Social Care, iMedia)

Lower School:

In relation to the revised GCSE system, Class Teachers have developed a flight path model of assessment for Years 7, 8 and 9. This looks at the knowledge, skills and understandings that a student must have acquired in each subject, each year to be on track to achieve their target grade at the end of their GCSE courses.

Data Sharing:

Academy and individual student tracking data will be released to staff and other stakeholders in line with the academy calendar. This will include:

  • Overview of projections for year group, including a breakdown by subject, class and focus groups.
  • Tracking spreadsheet for each year group, including every student’s Target and Projected Grade, progress and their Attitude to Learning Score.
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  • Key Dates
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