Heathcote School & Science College
A Leading Edge Specialist School for Science
Headteacher Mrs Zoƫ Cozens
Normanton Park, Chingford, London, E4 6ES
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School Reports

At Heathcote, we report on student progress and achievement at the end of each term.

These reports include scores for Attendance and puntuality, behaviour, effort, homework and attainment.

Attendance and Punctuality

The first page of the report shows your son/daughter's attendance record. Research shows the strong link between student's attendance and their achievement. Students who attend for less than 92% are unlikely to achieve and the higher their attendance, the stronger achievement each student makes.


Behaviour is reported on using a five point scale, where 5 is the best score. As well as the student's conduct in the lesson, behaviour includes their preparation for the lesson, making sure they are punctual and have all the correct equipment. These scores should not be read as definitive checklist but are more appropriately seen as a "best fit" model.



Student is punctual to all lessons, is well organised with correct equipment/planner.   He/she works well in groups and individually and is supportive of the learning of others (SEAL).  S/he has a positive impact on the learning ethos of the class.


Student is punctual to all lessons, is well organised with correct equipment/planner.  Sometimes contributes to class discussions.  Works well in groups and/or individually. Supportive of the learning of others (SEAL).


Student is usually punctual to lessons (only very occasionally late), is organised and usually has the correct equipment/planner.   Only very occasional reminders needed to settle down.


Student may not be punctual to lessons, and only occasionally has correct equipment.  Behaviour includes low level disruption that prevents themselves and/or other students from concentrating on their work.


Regularly disrupts the lesson, interrupting the learning of others. 


Effort is also reported on a five point scale, with 5 as the best score. This grade gives an indication for the student's attitude towards their learning, their degree of motivation and their independent learning skills. Once again it should be seen as a "best fit" model


Student is enthusiastic about the work, shows thoughtful engagement, listens attentively, is willing to tackle complex issues, contributes strongly to class discussions, and completes classwork quickly and to the best of their ability.  May use independent learning to extend their skills/knowledge.  Asks questions in class. Always begins tasks immediately and remains on task until complete.


Student begins tasks promptly, normally produces work to the best of their ability, contributes well to class discussions, works well individually and/or in groups


Stays on task and completes the work set, occasionally producing good work but could be more consistent and is not working to the best of their ability.  Occasionally contributes to class discussions. 


Student deliberately works slowly or wastes time and is preventing progress. Probably results in underachievement.


Student refuses to work.


This grade reflects the student's efforts and achievements for their homework and their ability to meet deadlines, handing their work in on time.  Once again it uses a five point scale, 5 is the best score and it should be seen as a 'best fit' model.


Homework is completed to a good standard (relative to the student's ability) and is always handed in on time.


Homework is done to a good standard but deadlines are occasionally missed.


Homework is always handed in on time but shows a lack of effort and/or is done to a poor standard.


Some effort is made to do homework but the quality is poor and deadlines are missed.


Homework is rarely or never done.

Student's attainment score shows the level of understanding and achievement that student has reached now, and is not a prediction of where they will be at the end of the course. It is reflective of the course being followed:

At Key Stage 3. Attainment is reported as a National Curriculum Level. The levels are split into sub-levels a, b and c with a being the highest grade within each level. Nationally, students are expected to achieve level 5 by the end of Key Stage 3, when their grades are submitted to the Local Authority. We are pleased that many of our students achieve that standard and many exceed it.
At Key Stage 4. We report attainment at key stage 4 in the same style as the qualification. This means that for a GCSE course we report as GCSE style, whereas for an applied course, such as a BTEC or the OCR National course, we reflect the Pass/Merit/Distinction style of Assessment. Courses such as Sports Leader Award or COPE (the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) which are pass/fail courses are marked accordingly. At GCSE, we give +/- levels to provide students and their parent/carers further information, but that will not be reflected in the final grades at the end of the course.

Please discuss the course with your son/daughter if the grading criteria is not clear. The table at the bottom of the page summarises the style of reporting for each qualification; please note, we do not report attainment scores for non-qualification courses at Key Stage 4.

At Key Stage 5. Similarly to Key Stage 4, we report in the appropriate style for each course. For BTEC courses, we subdivide the course into its components and we report on each component studied over the academic year. It is important to note that that students must at least pass each part of the course to achieve the qualification. A Level courses are graded on an A*-E system, and we provide +/- grades as discussed in the Key stage 4 section above.



Reporting systems for each course




Attainment reporting criteria


Key Stage 3

National Curriculum subjects


National Curriculum levels


Learning to learn


No attainment score

Key Stage 4

GCSE subjects


GCSE grade A*-G or U

BTEC Science


OCR National in ICT


Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction star or Fail


Pass at Level 1, Pass at Level 2 or Fail

Core PE


SEN support

Thinking and reasoning skills

RE Core

Study Plus English, Science or Mathematics


No attainment score

Key Stage 5

A levels

Resit English or Maths

 Grades A*-E

BTEC Sport

BTEC Business

Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction star or Fail