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EXAM AND ASSESSMENT

Our aspiration at Rotherham Aspire is that our students are nurtured and prepared for the future in both the world of work and society.


Students arrive at Aspire with very different starting points and an academic pathway is not always appropriate to meet their individual needs. We do however, believe that all our students should leave us with tangible qualifications and have a level of functioning in numeracy and literacy to help them take their place in society as responsible and independent citizens.

Outcomes 2022

 

GCSE

English and Mathematics

In 2022, 86% of Year 11 students left with GCSE qualifications in both English Language and Mathematics. This figure was 62% in 2017 which shows an increase of 24 percentage points (ppts) since 2017. These figures demonstrate the consistent year on year improvements in outcomes for our Year 11 cohorts over this period. 2 students achieved passes in both GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Level 2 (grade 4+).

90% of students achieved grades 1 to 6 in English Language with 9.5% achieving grades 4 to 6. One student achieved a grade 5 and one student a grade 6.

86% of students achieved grades 1 to 4 in Mathematics with 5% achieving a grade 4.

(Evidence: AQA GCSE English Language and Mathematics results 2022)

 

Vocational Education

The number of students achieving vocational qualifications at Aspire in 2018 was 23 outcomes from 36 students. This equated to 0.64 qualifications per student. In 2022 this has risen to 107 outcomes from 42 students, equating to 2.4 qualifications per student.

Full Level 1 Awards (or better) in vocational options has risen from 20 in 2018 to 59 in 2022. Full Level 1 Certificates has risen from one in 2021, to 8 in 2022. This demonstrates the strong progress being made in vocational education programmes at Rotherham Aspire. Additional analysis shows in 2022:

67% of students gained at least one vocational qualification

50% of students gained two or more vocational qualifications  

64% of students gained a Full Award while 19% of students gained a Full Certificate

62% of students achieved a L1 qualification

(Evidence: NOCN and NCFE subject results, subject certificates, IV and EV reports 2021/22)

 

Functional Skills (FS)

Maths

In 2022, of the 40 students who sat the FS Maths examination, 88% gained a qualification. 57% achieved an Entry 3 qualification and 28% gained a Level 1. One student gained a Level 2 qualification and one an Entry 2.

 

English

In 2022, of the 40 students who sat FS English examinations, 62% gained a full English Functional Skills qualification (all 3 elements achieved: Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening). 33% gained a full Entry 3 qualification and 23% gained a Level 1 qualification. 2 students achieved a Full English FS pass at Level 2. 26% gained one or two units of the English qualification across all levels but not the full qualification.

(Evidence: NOCN Functional Skills English and Mathematics results 2021/22)

 

Primary

Lower Primary

In Maths; 6 of the 7 students made progress with 3 students making expected progress. No student achieved their National Curriculum Year Group Age Related Expectation but were within one year of this.  In Reading assessments, all 7 students made progress with 2 students making at least expected progress and 2 making better than expected progress. In Writing, all 7 students made progress with 4 making at least expected progress and 2 students making better than expected. No student achieved their National Curriculum Year Group Age Related Expectation in either Reading or Writing.

 

Upper Primary

In Maths; all 7 students made at least expected progress with 3 students making better than expected. No student achieved their National Curriculum Year Group Age Related Expectation.  In Reading, of the 7 students assessed, all 7 made progress with 1 making at least expected progress and 5 students making better than expected. 1 student achieved their National Curriculum Year Group Age Related Expectation in Reading.

In Writing, all 7 students made progress with 2 making expected progress. No student made better than expected. No student achieved their National Curriculum Year Group Age Related Expectation in Writing.

 

Nurture Group

In Maths; 3 of the 4 students who were ready for assessment made progress. 1 student made expected progress. No student achieved their National Curriculum Year Group Age Related Expectation.  In Reading assessments, all 4 students made progress with 1 student making at least expected progress. In Writing, 3 students made progress with 1 making at least expected progress. No student achieved their National Curriculum Year Group Age Related Expectation in either Reading or Writing.

(Evidence: Teacher Assessment data 2021/22)

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