Grades and Definitions Policy

Working Grade (WG)
The Working Grade is designed to provide an ‘at-a-glance’ idea of how the student is currently performing. Based on evidence obtained from preps, coursework and tests, on the topics covered so far, the Working Grades are the grades that the subject teachers and Heads of Faculty judge are likely to be achieved at the end of this academic year by the student if they continue to work at their current level. The Working Grade may go up and down throughout the year and should be the most important performance indicator.

It is important to note that, especially at an early stage in the course, it is not unusual for Working Grades to be below the final grade achieved. Data from ALIS and YELIS (educational assessment monitoring systems) may be useful when listing initial Working Grades.

Target Grade (TG)
The Target Grades are not Predicted Grades but are based on what teachers believe a student should be aiming to achieve by the end of this academic year. Target Grades can change throughout the year and should be at least a grade higher than the Working Grade. ALIS and YELIS again can be used for Target Grades.

Predicted Grade (PG)
The Predicted Grade is used for UCAS application purposes. When deciding Predicted Grades Ashbourne complies with the principles as outlined by UCAS. In line with these principles, Ashbourne sets aspirational but achievable Predicted Grades. This motivates students to really work towards the Predicted Grade and thereby fulfil their potential.

Predicted Grades will not be influenced by pressure from students, parents, guardians or carers nor influenced by the entry requirements or behaviours of universities or colleges.

With all grades the following should be noted:

1) Each grade should reflect a student’s performance in the whole subject and not just an individual unit, group or class. This may require teachers to collaborate in order to avoid confusion.

2) Teachers should reflect on the Working Grades from one half-term to another. Changes typically involve one grade shift up or down, for example A to B, or C to B. However, in certain circumstances, for example where there has been a dramatic change in the performance of a student, the teacher may move the Working Grade up or down two grades. If the teacher believes that the Working or Target Grade needs to change more than this, then the change will need to be approved by the Director of Studies.

3) Unless there are exceptional circumstances, the Working Grade and Target Grade should not be the same; the Target Grade should be aspirational.

4) If the Target Grade is A*, then there should be a teacher comment outlining additional targets that the student should aim for.

5) If the Mock Grade is higher than the Working Grade, this must be explained in the teacher comment.

7) The grades stated should reflect the year and level that the student is currently studying. Therefore Year 12 grades should reflect performance, targets and predicted outcomes for Year 12 (AS) examinations and not their final A level results.

Entry into Year 12 and Year 13 at Ashbourne
A reminder that the following grades expectations are required for students to enter into Year 12 and Year 13 respectively.

GCSE to Year 12 – minimum 6Bs for GCSE examinations
Year 12 to Year 13  – minimum 3Cs for AS examinations

If you have any concerns about this, please do not hesitate to contact Lee Kirby, Director of Studies.

Authorised by The Principal
Date September 2020
Effective date of the policy September 2020
Circulation Teaching staff / all staff / parents / Students on request
Review date September 2021