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The Marlborough Science Academy


Our aim is to provide an assessment system that is understood by students, staff and parents so that everyone can see how students are progressing.  Assessment at Marlborough is based on the same scale throughout the school so that progress can be monitored across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.  The scale is linked to the new GCSE 9-1 grade scale with the addition of Bronze, Silver and Gold at Key Stage 3.

As students learn and move through the school their progress should be seen to move from left to right along the scale.

How we track progress

Key Stage 3
In years 7 and 8 staff will assess the grade a student is currently working at.  They will also predict the grade they think a student is likely to be working at the end of the academic year so we compare this with their end of year target to see if they are on track. 

Key Stage 4
As students in year 9, 10 and 11 are working towards their Key Stage 4 courses teachers predict the grade they think the student is likely to achieve at the end of year 11.  This prediction can then be compared with their end of year 11 target to see if they are on track.

Target Setting
Targets are set to challenge students and encourage them to strive for their best.  They are based on their performance at Key Stage 2.  In year 7 and year 8, students are given an end of year target and in years 9, 10 and 11 they have targets to aim for by the end of year 11.  Whatever their targets are we encourage all students to aspire to exceed them.

Fine Grades
When a teacher assess a student’s progress or makes a prediction they use a fine grade.  For example a student is predicted a grade 5 will be given a 5c, 5b or 5a.  A 5c is just starting to show the grade 5 skills, a 5b is a solid grade 5 and a 5a is the top end of grade 5 almost working at grade 6.

Changes in Grades and School Performance
Since 2017 GCSE grades have changes from A*-G to the 9-1.  For more information on how the grades compare, please click here. The measures that are used to compare schools has also changed over recent years, particularly with the introduction of Progress 8.  For more information on Progress 8, please click here.

How we report to parents

Once a term we send a grade card home showing the progress of each student.  As well as progress information we also include the following:

Key Stage 2 Scores: The National Curriculum scores achieved in English & Maths at the end of year 6.  These range from 80 to 120.

MidYis or Cognitive Ability Tests: Diagnostic tests used by the school to test the principal forms of reasoning.  Scores range from 60 to 140 with scores between 89 and 111 showing an average ability in each area for a student’s age.  Scores above 111 show a student is above average in a particular area and scores below 89 suggest a student is below average for their age and may need some extra support.

Attitude to Learning, Home Learning Completion and Organisation
For each grade card that is sent home, alongside the assessment information, staff also report on other aspects of a students work.  These include:

  • Attitude to Learning - The attitude a student shows to their learning, both class learning and home learning.
  • Home Learning Completion - This indicates how effective a student is at meeting home learning deadlines.
  • Organisation - How well prepared a student is for lessons, including bringing all their equipment and books.

Each of these is graded by the class teacher as:

  • Outstanding,
  • Good,
  • Requires Improvement,
  • Not Acceptable.

Current Level and Most Likely Outcome
For each grade card the class teacher reports a current grade and an end of year prediction for Key Stage 3 students or a prediction for the end of year 11 for students in Key Stage 4.

Each time we send a grade card home we compare the predictions made by the staff to the student’s target. 


A student is being predicted to exceed their target

On Track

A student is being predicted to meet their target

Working Towards

A student is being predicted to not achieve their target







Progress should always be considered in conjunction with the Attitude to Learning, Home Learning and Organisation grades.  If all of these are Good or Outstanding then a student should be congratulated even if they working towards as the targets are challenging and students’ progress at different rates.

Should you have any questions about assessment at Marlborough then please contact Miss D Crook, Deputy Headteacher or Mr A Stanton, Assistant Headteacher.