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 2019

  Maths Progress From Entry
Attainment on entry Number of pupils   % expected  % exceeded
 low 55  100  93
 middle 58  100  74
 high 31  100  90
 School Total 144  100  85
Disadvantaged  22  100  95
SEN support  6  100  50
EHCP  5  100  25
Most Able  48  100  92
Girls  75  100  85
Boys 69  100  86

 

 

  English Progress From Entry
Attainment on entry Number of pupils % expected % exceeded
low  43  100  94
middle  58  100  42
high  31  92  40
School Total  142  97  60
Disadvantaged  22  100  73
SEN support  6  100  50
EHCP  4  100  75
Most Able  48  98  60
Girls  75  99  63
Boys  69  97  58

  

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

 

  English Progress From Entry
Attainment on entry Number of pupils % expected % exceeded
low  47  100  91
middle  55  100  56
high  39  100  54
School Total  141  100  67
Disadvantaged  18  100  66
SEN support  10  100  65
Most Able  57  100  77
Girls  68  100  67
Boys  73  100  68