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 2018

  Maths Progress From Entry
Attainment on entry Number of pupils   % expected  % exceeded
 low  32  100  90
 middle  79  100  65
 high  22  100  91
 School Total  140  100  75
Disadvantaged  18  100  61
SEN support  10  100  70
Most Able  57  100  86
Girls  68  100  76
Boys  73  100  74

 

 

  Reading Progress From Entry
Attainment on entry Number of pupils % expected % exceeded
low  30  100  93
middle  42  98  43
high  51  84  56
School Total  141  92  57
Disadvantaged  18  83  50
SEN support  10  100  90
Most Able  57  93  63
Girls  68  94  60
Boys  73  90  59

 

  Writing Progress From Entry
Attainment on entry Number of pupils % expected % exceeded
low  62  100  89
middle  67  99  70
high  4  100  50
School Total  141  99  80
Disadvantaged  18  94  83
SEN support  10  100  40
Most Able  57  100  91
Girls  68  100  84
Boys  73  99  78

 

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  21  95  71
SEN support  10  100  40
Most Able  50  100  92
Girls  78  100  69
Boys  70  99  69