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.

Pupils at St Dominic’s school generally work below national standards. However, due to the personalised and aspirational nature of the curriculum at St Dominic’s school, pupils consistently achieve exceptionally well in relation to their starting points; we are incredibly proud of our talented and hard-working pupils.

 

 

Key Stage 4
Staff at St Dominic’s school strive to ensure that every pupil achieves the best possible outcomes at the end of Key Stage 4.  This will depend on each student’s individual profile of need.  For example, some students will take a range of GCSEs, some may only take one, and many students will not be able to access GCSE courses.

We ensure that students and families are involved in the decision-making process, with each student receiving a bespoke offer based on their future aspirations, as well as their Education, Health and Care Plan and respective outcomes. A significant emphasis is placed on choice for students in key stage 4, with a possible 21 subjects currently on offer.

 

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.

 

The residential special school provides highly effective services that consistently exceed the standards of good. The actions of the school contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people. Ofsted – March 2019

 

 

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