There are many opportunities for parents to find out about how well their son or daughter is progressing and about the ways in which they can support their child’s learning. These include parents' evenings and  termly Progress Reports, but we also actively encourage parents to directly contact individual teachers for further information and guidance (see staff contacts).
A typical reporting cycle for Year 7 is as follows:
October - Parents’ evening with personal tutor
December - Progress Check 1 sent home
February - Progress Check 2 sent home
March - Parents’ evening with subject teachers - teachers or tutors may request to see you or you can request to see a particular teacher
June - Progress Check 3 sent home

Monitoring and Reporting Progress

Grading System

From September 2015, the Government introduced a new grading system for GCSEs. Liskeard School and Community College use this new grading system for all years from this time (except for the students in Years 10 and 11, who are completing the legacy GCSEs). The new grading system is based on a number system from 0 to 9. We have broken these numbered grades into three parts to make our own assessment and reporting more accurate and precise as follows:

.2 = just into a grade

.5 = secure and solidly working at this grade

.8 = showing elements of the grade above

This new system is not exactly equivalent to previous systems but the below table outlines the approximate equivalency:

Click here for the grading system 


Target Setting

All students in Years 7 to 11 are set targets in each of their subjects. These targets are ambitious but achievable and are generated for each student based on students’ scores in the national tests at the end of Year 6 in English and maths. The targets are designed to enable students to make good progress in their learning and achievement over their five years at secondary school. The chart below shows broadly how this is calculated. Where students make even better progress than their target along the way, teachers will raise their targets to enable them to continue to aim high and achieve their full potential. In Years 7 to 9, these progress targets will be broken down into yearly targets. In Years 10 and 11, students will be given a target for the end of the Key Stage – for their GCSEs at the end of year 11.



Reporting Progress to Parents

Throughout the year, teachers submit assessment data on each student. This data is reported back to parents through Progress Checks. Every student will receive three Progress Checks every academic year. In addition to these reports, each year group has their own Parents’ Evening where parents are invited into school to meet with their child’s subject teachers to discuss their progress. The dates of the parents’ evenings and when Progress Checks will be published can be found on the school’s calendar.

The Progress Checks show students’ current and forecast (predicted) grades against their target grades. The forecast grade will be coloured to highlight progress and a next step target will summarise the key knowledge and/or skill that needs to be mastered in order to enable that student to progress to the next grade.

Students’ attitudes to their learning is also reported on every Progress Check. Teachers score students on a scale of 1 to 4 on their application and organisation as follows:



Attitude to Learning



Exceptional, positive approach to lessons. Determined to learn and pushes him or herself to achieve to best of ability. Completed homework shows high levels of independence and motivation. Keen to learn at all times.


Arrives on time to lessons and ready to learn. Fully equipped for lessons. Always meets homework deadlines.



Attitude to Learning



Attentive and ready to learn. Work is normally completed to a high standard. Completed homework shows commitment and some independent skills. Mostly keen to learn.


Nearly always on time to lessons and ready. Almost always has correct equipment. Nearly always meets homework deadlines.



Attitude to Learning



Attentive when prompted. Work is completed to a reasonable standard. Completed homework shows minimal effort and there is a need for more effort. Prepared to learn.


Usually on time to lessons. Normally has most equipment. Meets homework deadlines often but not on occasion.



Attitude to Learning



Direct requests for attentiveness often required. Work is sometimes completed to a low personal standard. Homework reflects some lack of commitment and self-motivation. Too frequently made to learn.


Late to lessons on occasion. Personal organisation of equipment and books may be a concern. Homework often not completed on time.



Attitude to Learning

 Serious Concern 


Satisfactory levels of commitment and motivation are rarely evident. Work is often incomplete or of a low personal standard. Sees learning as something forced upon them. Refuses to learn at times.


Frequent lateness affects themselves and others. Personal organisation of equipment and books affects learning. Homework rarely or never completed on time.


An example of a student report is shown below:



Save the Date

Liskeard School held its first prestigious Awards Evening on the 1st July 2015.

Celebrating the achievements, attributes and contributions of Liskeard students is part of the daily routine. Students achieve community awards and receive merits daily for their hard work and positive contributions.

The awards evening was the celebration highlight of the year. Students from Years 7- 13 were nominated for an award and were invited with their families to the event.

Awards include a Head Teacher Award, Governors’ Award, Community Award, Resilience Award and an award from each faculty.

These are the highest accolades students can achieve. Further details about each award and the nomination criteria are below.

Click on the images below and use the arrows to view a slideshow of the winners 2017!

Awards' Evening Awards Criteria

The Government has introduced a new GCSE accountability measure known as Progress 8 (P8). This is a score based on how well the students do in relation to what was expected of them in 8 of their subjects. (Expectations are based on prior attainment at the end of Year 6.) For example, if a student was expected to get 8 B grades at GCSE, but achieved 8 A grades, then they would receive a P8 score of +1 (1 grade better than expected on average). Likewise, if they achieved 8 C grades their score would be -1.

The 8 subjects that are used to calculate the P8 score are as follows:

  • English and maths GCSEs
  • 3 of the following GCSEs: Science (including Core Science, Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics & computer science), Spanish, French, History and Geography
  • Any other 3 subjects

 KS4 Results

* 20% of students in 2016 and 18% of students in 2017 didn’t meet the full P8 criteria as they joined the school late, e.g. in Year 11, or because it wasn’t in their best interest. Our P8 score for those meeting the full P8 criteria was +0.15 in 2016 and +0.12 in 2017. On the KS4 ALPS Report 2016 we were given a score of 3 (‘excellent’) for the progress students make in all their subjects (not just the 8 listed above). This puts us in the top 25% of schools nationally.

KS4 Attainment Progress

KS4 Disadvantaged Pupils Attainment Progress


KS5 Results


You can view the Liskeard School & Community College Performance Tables on the website.



 Social Media


The internet is a fantastic place to learn, have fun and talk to friends and family. However, there are risks and everyone must make sure they know how to stay safe and protect themselves online. Here at Liskeard School, we provide students from Year 7 - 11 with a comprehensive E-Safety programme in tutorial time focusing on issues such as:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of living in a digital world
  • The dangers of sharing personal information online and how to stay safe
  • Appropriate use of social media (Facebook; SnapChat etc)
  • Cyber bullying – how to recognise it and reporting mechanisms
  • Sexting – the consequences

In addition to this, the school takes part in the annual national event ‘Safer Internet Day’ which is taking place this academic year on Tuesday 6th February 2018. All students in Year 7 also complete a unit of work on E-Safety in ICT lessons resulting in the production of an advice leaflet for peers focusing on ‘Keep Safe online.’ Other subjects also make a contribution to the E-Safety programme; for example, Year 10 Photography students study image manipulation on the internet and how businesses use this to their advantage. There are regular assemblies throughout the year on topical E-Safety issues.


E-Safety newsletter

E-Safety newsletter - November 2018



Below are some very useful guides for parents for internet sites regularly used by teenagers. Please take a few moments to read and digest some of the guidance for safe usage.

During tutorials, students are signposted to various respected organisations which provide comprehensive guidance and support, such as:




We also recognise that, in an ever changing digital world, parents need a helping hand in order to keep up! As a result, each year we offer an informal workshop and hands-on training session for all parents and members of the local community involved in working with children.

We also recommend a range of excellent help guides for parents produced by OFCOM.  See below for their links.


It is also useful to read the Department for Education's advice on Cyberbullying for Parents and Carers.

If you have any questions or concerns about E-Safety matters, please do not hesitate to contact the school’s designated E-Safety Officer, Wendy Birkbeck, Assistant Headteacher ( or telephone 01579 342344.

Click the image below for the Liskeard School E-Safety Guide for Parents:




Notice:  Ski Trip information meeting, 15th Nov, 6pm in 6th Form Common Room. Please ensure your child has returned their consent form beforehand. During this meeting we will provide parents with all relevant information on the trip: location, hotel, kit lists, trip hoodies, previous skiing experience of students, payment plan and a definitive list of those who wish to ski/snowboard. It will also be an opportunity for parents to meet the staff and ask any questions. 

Reminder: Please activate your ParentPay accounts - if there are any issues, please contact Finance on 01579 325718.

Please note: We now take card payments over the phone on 01579 325718. 

Upcoming Events

20.11.2018 6:00 pm
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05.12.2018 3:30 pm
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