Progress of Pupils at Aston Fields Middle School

Pupils make outstanding progress from their average starting points on entry to the school. Their attainment is well above average when they move on to high school. Achievement is outstanding in both English and mathematics, and strong in other subjects as well.’ (Ofsted June 2014)

We are proud of the outstanding progress that pupils make in all year groups at Aston Fields Middle School. Please see below for further evidence.

It is important to remember that as a middle school, the progress pupils make must be judged from the time they join the school in Year 5 to when the leave in Year 8. There is a problem nationally with how the DfE judges middle schools as the only national comparator they use is based on progress from KS1 (end of Year 2) to KS2 (end of Year 6). This is not a fair way of judging pupils’ progress in a middle school and is something the National Middle Schools Forum has been challenging the DfE about for many years. The reason the DfE’s judgement of progress in middle schools is unfair is because 50% of the progress measure they use relates to Years 3 and 4 when pupils are NOT attending middle school. It also takes no account of the progress pupils make in Years 7 and 8 (KS3). Ofsted are aware of this issue and the need to judge middle schools from entry to exit.

Aston Fields Middle School uses robust, rigorous and externally benchmarked, moderated and validated assessments to judge the progress pupils make across their four years at this school from entry to exit. The quality of this data has been corroborated by Ofsted and the DfE, and acknowledged as credible to use when making judgements about middle schools. The data shown below is based on this.

Progress of pupils leaving Aston Fields Middle School in July 2017

  Maths Progress From Entry
Attainment on entry Number of pupils   % expected  % exceeded
 low  26  96  58
 middle  79  97  35
 high  36  100  75
 School Total  148  98  50
Disadvantaged  21  100  48
SEN support  10  90  20
Most Able  50  98  74
Girls  78  99  51
Boys  70  98  49

 

 

  Reading Progress From Entry
Attainment on entry Number of pupils % expected % exceeded
low  18  100  78
middle  47  100  20
high  76  86  41
School Total  147  94  38
Disadvantaged  21  95  43
SEN support  10  80  0
Most Able  50  88  50
Girls  78  85  38
Boys  70  86  38

 

  Writing Progress From Entry
Attainment on entry Number of pupils % expected % exceeded
low  57  100  64
middle  66  98  64
high  18  100  78
School Total  148  99  69
Disadvantaged  27  95  71
SEN support  10  100  40
Most Able  50  100  92
Girls  78  100  69
Boys  70  99  69

 

Progress of pupils leaving Aston Fields Middle School in July 2016

  Maths Progress From Entry
Attainment on entry Number of pupils   % expected  % exceeded
 low  29  90  56
 middle  98  98  49
 high  23  96  83
 School Total  150  96  58
Disadvantaged  27  96  48
SEN support  31  94  43
Most Able  48  100  85
Girls  79  96  59
Boys  71  96  52

 

  Reading Progress From Entry
Attainment on entry Number of pupils % expected % exceeded
low  35  100  91
middle  58  100  29
high  57  74  39
School Total  150  93  52
Disadvantaged  27  93  59
SEN support  31  97  83
Most Able  48  86  51
Girls  79   85  46
Boys  71  92  53

 

  Writing Progress From Entry
Attainment on entry Number of pupils % expected % exceeded
low  62  100   74
middle  65  100  46
high  23  94  13
School Total  150  99  59
Disadvantaged  27  100  48
SEN support  31  100  47
Most Able  48  96  59
Girls  79  96  59
Boys  71  100  52