Welcome to Harrop Fold

At Harrop Fold, we are committed to making the difference for all our young people.  Our aim is to produce well-rounded young people who are prepared for our ever-changing world. We do this by focusing on the Personal, Social and Academic aspects of education, which will drive our young people to reach their potential and achieve true excellence.

Rank Order Assessment

What is Rank Order Assessment?
Rank Order Assessment is the process of assessing pupils, through formalised examinations, and then ranking them from top to bottom performer in each subject and overall.

What will Rank Order Assessment look like?
Pupils will be ranked from top to bottom. Next to the rank will appear their attitude to learning.

Why are we doing Rank Order Assessment?
We are constantly looking for ways to help pupils achieve good outcomes and to boost motivation and providing pupils and parents with rank order information as one of the most effective ways to do this. Initial concerns are always about potentially demotivating those who appear lower in the list. When these concerns are overcome, rank order proves to be a useful and effective piece of information to know. GCSE grade boundaries are based on Rank Order and so this is a way of pupils and parents/carers knowing and understanding where pupils sit within a rank order as early as Year 7 when there is still plenty of time to do something about it.

How will we support pupils who find themselves at the bottom of a Rank Order?
Pupils who finish towards the bottom of the Rank Order will receive bespoke intervention where appropriate. For example, intervention classes, reteaching, additional support. In some cases, parents/carers will be invited in for a meeting with the Head of Learning to dissect the possible reasons for a low rank order. (Pupils with SEND related to cognition and learning are not ranked).

What else will the school do with the Rank Order information?
The information the Rank Order gives us will be used to inform the setting of pupils at various points in the school year.

Is it fair that pupils know if they are ranked at the bottom?
GCSE scores are not based on any kind of arbitrary grade boundaries and so the pupil who gets a Grade ‘1’ in, say, their English GCSE in Year 11 is essentially being told they have performed in the bottom 1% nationally in their examinations. Why not tell them that is where they are heading in Year 8 when there is still time to do something about it? We want pupils to have an earlier understanding of where they sit within a rank order so that they have plenty of time to address areas for development and achieve a higher rank (and therefore higher grades) come the end of Year 11 and beyond.

How as a parent/carer, can I support my child with Rank Order Assessment?
As parents/carers you can support immeasurably by encouraging a positive attitude to learning, independent work at home through homework as well as supporting punctuality and attendance. Pupils who follow this are far more likely to improve their rank order and will therefore be rewarded for their academic progress.

Will pupils be rewarded for their Rank Order?
Pupils who finish near the top of the Rank Order will be rewarded. Pupils who make the most progress in terms of moving ‘up’ the Rank Order will also be rewarded.


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