At Moorcroft we believe that each student is an individual with their own talents and interests. Therefore, we personalise our target setting and assessment to match individual needs to give a true reflection of individual progress.

We use a basket of assessment tools to measure the progress of our students:

  • P-levels (In 2018-19 these will be replaced by bench marks in English, Maths and Science for pupils in Key Stages 3 and 4).
  • Planned Learning Outcomes (personal targets)
  • Talent Pathways (To be introduced in September 2018)
  • Accreditation - students follow a variety of certificated course in Key Stages 4 and 5.


We assess our Learning Aims, using a 10 point scale called MAPP, which is in use in many special schools.  We compare data from all  assessment sources to make a final judgement about achievement.


Language of Assessment

  • Attainment - the current level of ability of a student
  • Progress – the difference in attainment over a period of time
  • Achievement – the how good the progress is relative to various factors, e.g. health, starting point, etc.


Highlights of  results for 2017-18

  1. Progress in English, Maths and Science P-levels is outstanding in KS3 and KS4 as the number of pupils making expected progress (upper quartile) and more than expected progress is significantly higher than national data.  In KS3 English 100% of pupils have made at least expected progress, with 58% exceeding expectations.  In Maths 92% made expected progress with 75% exceeding expectations.  Achievement in Science has also risen significantly with 96% making expected progress with 29% exceeding expectations.   In KS4, 95% of students met their English target with 43% exceeding this target.  In Maths 95% of pupils made expected progress with 60% exceeding expectations.   In Science, 90% of students made expected progress with 28% exceeding expectations.
  2. Progress against Learning Aims for the whole school is outstanding.   98.5% of pupils made at least expected progress with 87% of these pupils making more than expected progress.
  3. Overall progress in P-Levels is rising over time – solidly good in 2014/2015, outstanding in 2015/2016 and 2016/17, and outstanding in 2017/18.
  4. When comparing overall judgements achievement is outstanding for the whole school.