Assessment and Reporting
The Hundred of Hoo enjoys increasingly improving standards of academic achievement. Our GCSE and A level results in recent years have been the best in the Academy’s history; this is reflective of the learning that pupils have undertaken throughout our robust, rich and carefully-constructed curriculum and of the expertise with which our teachers deliver this curriculum.
Every assessment opportunity is used meaningfully and purposefully to inform curriculum and teaching. The processes and procedures surrounding our Milestone Assessments, PfP assessment points and Blue Review Cycles ensure that pupils are quick to adapt curriculum planning and teaching to meet the needs of individual students and supports rapid learning for all. Furthermore, we appreciate and take seriously the importance of both external and internal Moderation; these opportunities are built into our CPD calendar ahead of the start of each academic year. In 2018, as a result of the Teacher Workload advisory report, we made the decision to decrease the number of data captures each year, for the vast majority of cohorts, to reduce teacher workload and make certain that this is sustainable.
Curriculum Leaders analyse data capture and conduct progress interviews with staff prior to the data capture deadlines. This provides leaders with the opportunity to quality assure the accuracy of teacher judgements in relation to the learning that has taken place and the assessment completed by pupils. Progress interviews also provide teaching staff with the opportunity to commission additional support, be supported to draw accurate conclusions from the internal assessment and discuss any appropriate amendments to teaching and curriculum. During each Module, Curriculum Leaders attend KS3, KS4 and KS5 RMG meetings, designed to address underperformance, ensure a strategic overview of curriculum opportunities and target teaching interventions to close gaps in learning.
We use the additional funding provided successfully to help close achievement gaps for key groups of pupils, such as the disadvantaged and those who have an education, health and care plan. All of our pupils benefit from a carefully coordinated approach to developing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. Our theme of the fortnight provides pupils with the opportunity to focus on emerging local issues, such as cyberbullying and gang culture. All pupils, including those with SEND and those classed as disadvantaged, are given time to consider topics thoughtfully, for example during tutor time discussions, which enhance formal learning opportunities during personal, social, health and religious education (PSHRE) lessons well. These well-planned structures ensure that cultural capital is consciously acquired by pupils, promoting social mobility. Additionally, we recognise the significant role that literacy plays in providing access to a wide and varied curriculum. Teachers across the Academy embed the learning of subject specific vocabulary across their curricula and time is invested in ensuring that pupils are able to read widely and often throughout the Academy day, developing their fluency and comprehension across subjects. From September, we are implementing Knowledge Organisers to provide students with key information in each subject, enabling them to develop their understanding of key concepts outside of their lessons.
Beyond their academic learning, our pupils appreciate the abundant opportunities that support their personal development and prepare them well for life beyond the Hundred of Hoo Academy. Visits to universities have raised their aspirations and helped them to consider their next steps. We have developed high quality careers information and guidance that students receive to support their next stage in education, employment or training. This has helped to ensure that students are admitted on to courses that are suitably aspirational and meet their learning and development needs. The vast majority of our students successfully undertake further education both at the end of Year 11. We are pleased to celebrate a year on year increase in the number of pupils who gain a place at their first choice university.