Progress, assessment and reporting

At John Ferneley College, we believe in giving students and their parents clear and practical information about their academic and personal progress throughout their time at the college.

Every student works towards a series of personal, aspirational targets for each subject – these are realistic and measured against their own abilities. We use comprehensive tracking systems to chart a student’s progress on a six-weekly basis, which means that we can spot under performance very quickly and tackle any problems head on.

Students are given positive and focused verbal and written feedback by staff throughout the year, as well as being asked to carry out a formal self evaluation exercise in each subject.

We are constantly monitoring each and every student's progress, on several criteria. This tracking data forms the backbone of how we react, and is a key cornerstone of our success over the last few years. We know what makes each and every student tick, what they like, what they don't like, how they're performing in Maths, Science, English, and every other subject. We also track effort grades, predicted grades and current performance, to ensure that we have a roadmap for every student, that gives them ambitious goals with achievable milestones along the way. This data gets reported to you, as parents, regularly. Several times through the year you will receive reports home, and the opportunity to meet with your child's teachers.

All parents are invited at the start of the year to a "Supporting Success" evening, when we outline the curriculum for the year, how we teach, and how you can help support your child to have success. We find these evenings phenomenally popular and welcomed by parents, with over 95% of people rating this year's events as Good or Outstanding. Towards the end of the year we then hold a "Celebrating Success" evening where we recognise those students that have made amazing progress, or achieved success in some other way - its a truly inspirational evening.

If you have any questions about your child’s progress, you can ask for an interim report or meeting with staff at any time during the year.