Target Grades for Pupils

All pupils at Clifton are given target grades. In Years 7 and 8, pupils receive a Likely Target. This is the minimum grade pupils should aim to achieve at the end of the year in that subject.

Pupils in Year 9, 10 and 11 are given an Aspirational Target alongside their Likely Target. An Aspirational Target is the grade that pupils are capable of achieving if they put in maximum effort and go above and beyond in that subject.

In Years 7 and 8 pupils work towards End of Year Likely Targets. In Years 9, 10 and 11, pupils work towards GCSE Likely and Aspirational targets – the final GCSE Grade a pupil should achieve at the end of Year 11.

Effort Grades for Pupils

Pupils are given an Effort Grade for each subject. Effort is graded as: Excellent, Coasting, Requires Improvement or Poor. This gives parents an insight into their child’s behaviour and attitude in lesson. All pupils are capable of achieving ‘Excellent’ for effort, regardless of ability. 

Data Collections and Full Reports

Data collections take place three times a year for Years 7, 8 and 9, four times a year for Year 10, and five times a year for Year 11. Parents receive a report on their child’s effort and attainment after each data collection.

In Years 7 and 8, pupils are given an Effort Grade and Current Attainment Grade for each subject. Current Attainment is the overall grade at which a student is working at, taking into account all the assessments they have done during the year. This enables parents to see whether pupils are making satisfactory progress towards their End of Year Likely Target.

In Years 9, 10 and 11, pupils are given an Effort Grade and Predicted Grade for each subject. The Predicted Grade is the grade that the teacher believes a student will achieve at the end of the course if they continue to maintain current levels of attendance, effort and attainment. This grade will factor in all elements of the course including controlled assessment.

Full Reports are sent home once per year. As well as giving an Effort Grade and attainment information, full reports provide parents with a more detailed account of how their child is progressing and what they need to do to improve.