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Marlwood School



Attitude to Learning

As part of every Progress Review report we provide students, parents/carers with an ‘attitude to learning grade. The grades are explained below.

  • Green: Your teacher is pleased with your attitude to work in this subject. You are working to the best of your ability the majority of the time and homework is usually completed; this reflects your positive attitude to learning. Well done – keep up the good work.
  • Amber: Your teacher feels your attitude to learning is inconsistent and has some concerns. Your attitude to work and homework in this subject needs to improve quickly if you are to reach your full potential. You need to discuss with your teacher what you can do to improve and then act on the guidance you are given.
  • Red: Your teacher is very concerned about your attitude to learning in this subject. In order to improve you need to discuss your next steps with your teacher as a matter of urgency. If you fail to act on the advice given you need to understand your chances of success in this subject are limited.

Key Stage 3 Progress

In January 2019 CSET introduced a new key stage 3 assessment system that has been trialled at Marlwood School and will be fully implemented across the Trust from September 2019.

At each Progress Reviews(two per year) students will be awarded one of the following grades for each of their subjects:

  • Working Towards National Expectation (WT)
  • Working At National Expectations (WA)
  • Working Beyond National Expectations (WB)
  • Working Well Beyond National Expectations (WWB)

The grading band is a holistic reflection based on both in class work/progress and summative assessment.

In order to make assessment as accurate and effective as possible teachers at Marlwood:



Feedback to students on their assessments in a formative manner, including larger summative assessments

Award a grade for any piece of work (either WT, WA, WB, WWB or GCSE grade)

Focus on next steps in learning

Try to convert percentages / raw scores into WT, WA, WB, WWB grades – they can be a starting point but not the end point

Use a range of pieces of work to moderate the judgement made at each Progress Review


Use percentages / raw scores when this is relevant


Explain to students that moving between grade bands in a year is more likely for those students who are on borderline of two bands.  We explain that since work gets progressively harder, staying in the same grade band and successfully addressing next steps is therefore a demonstration of progress.


Key Stage 4 Progress

In September 2018 we introduced a new key stage 4 assessment system.

Benchmark grade

At the start of the key stage each student is given a benchmark grade based upon their KS2 results. The benchmark grade is used to monitor data for the duration of the course. Dropping below the benchmark triggers in-school intervention. This data is published on all Progress Review reports.

Agreed target grade

The agreed target grade is set by the student, guided by their subject teacher and their parents/carers. At the start of the GCSE course there will be a target setting evening for students, parents and teachers.  This is discussion about the most appropriate target grade for a student based upon all the information available

In the overwhelming majority of cases the agreed target grade will be no lower than the benchmark grade.

  • Students starting Year 11 in September 2019 have a Benchmark grade
  • Students starting Year 10 in September 2019 have a Benchmark grade and an Agreed target grade
  • All key stage 4 students from September 2020 will have a Benchmark grade and an Agreed target grade

 Film below on how we set Benchmarks and Agree Targets