Student Reports

Attainment and Progress explained

At Falmouth School, all students from Year 7 and 8 will be assessed on the new scale of 9-1 in the same was as they will when they begin their GCSE course from Year 9 onwards. Reports will consider both attainment and progress.

Attainment and progress are often used as a measure of a student’s success, please see below of an explanation of each:


The standard of the pupils’ work shown by test and examination results. It is measured by students' performance at a single point in time and how well those students perform against a national standard. Attainment is important because it is associated with a range of positive outcomes, including better income, employment, and health. 


The progress and success of a pupil in their learning, i.e. distance travelled between two points in time – It aims to capture the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of key stage 4. It is the standards which pupils reach and takes account of their starting points and the progress they have made to reach those standards. It is a type of value added measure, which means that pupils’ results are compared to the progress of other pupils nationally with similar prior attainment. Every increase in every grade a pupil achieves will result in greater progress.

Click here for our Report Guidance Booklet.