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Examination & Assessment

Pupils entering St Dominic’s are accurately baselined, with areas requiring targeted support being identified and used to inform planning, provision and targets. A similar method is also used to set targets across the trans-disciplinary team. Each pupil is discussed termly ensuring that staff are acutely aware of the impact of interventions and are well-placed to set meaningful next steps that are well-matched to pupils’ needs.

Key Stage 2 Results – 2018-19

At St. Dominic’s school, Key Stage 2 pupils are generally working below national standard. Pupils join the Key Stage 2 provision at different points in their education from Year 3 to Year 6. On admission, the majority of Key Stage 2 pupils join the school following failed educational placements and/or significant periods of school refusal. Typically, their complex needs have been a barrier to learning and progress and they have been unable to access end of Key Stage 1 testing.

The 2019 year 6 SATs results shows increase in the number of pupils achieving ‘Expected Standard’ in Reading and Maths. The 2019-year 6 cohort is comprised of 13 pupils with a wide range of complex learning needs. Of these 13 pupils, seven pupils accessed the end of Key Stage 2 tests. The remaining six pupils working below the standards of the tests in all three subject areas were assessed using the pre key stage standards and teacher assessment.

  • In reading, three pupils achieved the expected standard of the test, with a further 4 pupils working towards the expected standard.
  • In writing (GPVS), three pupils achieved the standard for the test with all other pupils either working towards or below the standard of the test.
  • In maths, three pupils achieved the expected standard of the test, and a further four pupils are working towards the expected standard.
  • Overall, two pupils achieved the standard of the test in all three categories
  • Pupils achieved average scaled scores of 100.3 in reading and 100 in maths (compared to the expected standard of the test 100)

 

Key Stage 4 – 2018-19

As part of the curriculum in Key Stage 4 pupils were able to take a maximum of 10 qualifications, including 9 GCSEs. The range of subjects available to them was significantly higher included 21 possible subjects as our core curriculum or options subjects. Wherever possible, Key Stage 4 pupils are entered for GCSE qualifications; the only exceptions would be for pupils working below the standard of the test or those for whom accessing the examination component would not be possible due to their complex special educational needs.

  • 40% of all GCSE entries grade 4+
  • 26% of all GCSE entries grade 5+
  • 45% (5/11) of cohort achieving 4+ in English (71% or 5 of 7 pupils entered)
  • 36% (4/11) of cohort achieving 5+ in English (57% or 4 of 7 pupils entered)
  • 36% of cohort achieving 4+ in Maths (57% or 4 of 7 pupils entered)
  • 27% (3/11) of cohort achieving 5+ in Maths (42% or 3 of 7 pupils entered)
  • 27% of cohort achieving 4+ in English and Maths (42% of pupils entered)
  • 17% (2/11) achieving 5+ in English and Maths
  • 0% of cohort entered the EBacc
  • 100% of pupils staying in education or entering employment after key stage 4

 

Attainment 8 and Progress 8

The school score for Attainment 8 is based on the average scores of pupils across 8 qualifications.

Progress 8 is based on students’ progress measured across eight subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Three other English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects (sciences, computer science, geography, history and languages)
  • Three further subjects, which can be from the range of EBacc subjects, or can be any other GCSE or approved, high-value arts, academic, or vocational qualification

Pupils are banded into attainment groups based on their Key Stage 2 results. Attainment 8 scores are used to calculate a progress score. The school score represents an average of this, with a floor standard of ‘0’.

 

National

2019

School

2019

Attainment 8 46.69 20.00
Progress 8 –0.03 -1.80

 

Pupils at St Dominic’s have access to the full range of EBacc subjects though no pupils were entered in the EBacc as none had the prior learning required to access an eligible languages qualification. Two pupils in the cohort completed all other components (5 of 6 EBacc subjects) and five pupils in the cohort were entered for the English, Maths and Double Science components indicating the breadth and challenge of the Key Stage 4 curriculum.

 

Key Stage 5
As above,it is difficult to reliably report on progress measures that are applicable to students in mainstream key stage 5 placements due to students’ profile of need at St Dominic’s.  Therefore, we have no comparable data for the progress students make in English and Maths, the progress students make compared to other students across England and the grades they achieve.

Please click here to view St Dominic’s school on the Compare School Performance site.

 

My Son has made incredible progress emotionally and applies himself much better academically. The mentoring aspect is key to his progress.

 

 

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