At Bideford College, we aim to ensure that our student’s education is successful and fulfilling and that students leave us having reached their full potential. In order to support this aspiration, we carefully monitor the progress of students during their time with us. This is achieved through a regular programme of target setting, assessments and reports, the content of which is monitored by tutors, teaching staff, Heads of House and Faculties as well as senior leaders.
All students in years 7 – 11 will be assessed against GCSE criteria, thereby allowing us to track student progress across their first five years with us. As well as ensuring consistent progress through the Key Stage 3 years, this will also allow students to see if they are on track to get their GCSE targets at the end of year 11. In order for students, tutors and parents to fully understand what this means, faculties across the College have produced descriptors of what skills students need to be able to master in order to reach each of the grades in all subjects. Please click on the link below to access the progress matrices:
Art & Photography
Health and Social
Modern Foreign Languages
At Bideford College we believe that all our students have the potential to achieve at least as well as any similar ability student in the UK. With this is mind, all our students are set subject specific targets based on the performance of students nationally in that subject with the same start point*. This allows us to create five year flight paths for all students in all subjects. We can then create interim ‘end of year’ targets to ensure that students are ‘on track’ to reach at least their GCSE goals. We believe that sharing these targets with the students will help motivate them and make them recognise the standards we believe they can achieve. Targets are referred to in lessons and during dedicated tutor time allocated at the start of each half term. During this ‘target awareness week’ students will be given time to reflect on their progress towards these targets and set themselves goals for improvement to support further progress
* start point = key stage 2 results
Please click on the link below to see the flightpath for all subject areas:
Reports are sent home every half term providing information about a student’s progress towards their target GCSE grade. In addition parents evening and a learning review day allow parents and carers the opportunity to discuss face to face the progress of students with our teaching staff.
For more information, please see our assessment, reports and target setting document.