Advice and Guidance for students and parents

At SRWA students “Aspire to Achieve” in all that they do and to support this the school has developed six Key learner attributes that they encourage in all students:







We believe that young people that display strong qualities in all these areas will be ready to lead successful lives in the 21st century employment market.  For this reason we monitor progress in these areas and report this to students and parents twice a year.   In addition to this, we encourage and provide opportunities for all students to develop these attributes.

A student’s “ASPIRE score” is the mechanism we use to show students and parents how they are progressing in terms of developing these attributes.   This is reported to students and parents twice a year and takes into account some of the harder to assess, non-academic qualities that young people are encouraged to develop. 

How the ASPIRE score is calculated

Students are graded 1-4 on all areas.  The 6 individual scores are then added together and expressed as a percentage with 100 percent being the highest score a student can achieve.  When we report to parents we also show the year group average so that comparisons can be made. 

0 - (No information available)

1 - Significantly below expectations 

2 - below expectations 

3 - at expectation

4 - above expectations

Giving numerical scores to attributes & character can be challenging as there is a certain amount of subjectivity that has to be applied.  In addition, complex and sophisticated data is not always available, especially for students that have recently arrived at the academy so we are required to make judgements as best we can.  Despite this, we firmly believe that feeding back to students and parents on aspects of character such as Ambition, independence, resilience and behaviour is vital if we are to create a culture of lifelong learners who aspire to great things.  

It is important to remember therefore that the ASPIRE score is designed to help students reflect on their skills and attributes and consider what they may wish to work on to develop their “soft skills.”  We are continually reviewing the methodology and assessment processes so students and parents should understand that as the process grows and develops we will have access to more data so the level of sophistication in arriving at ASPIRE scores will grow.   

The Methodology in detail 

Below is the specific detail on how the ASPIRE grades were calculated for the first report (Autumn 2019) 


This is based on participation in sports, clubs and societies outside of school.  These can be both school run or externally run provisions. Common School based examples include: performing arts, school sports, student leadership, buddy mentoring, and common external examples include:Sports teams, horse riding, Scouts, Cadets, St John’s Ambulance. 

Tutors surveyed students in their tutor group and gave a score based on their levels of participation in learning and enrichment activities outside of their 25 hours of structured learning per week. 

Self Regulating

This is based on the number of negative behaviour points students had accrued this year.   Negative behavior points are deducted for poor behaviour, lateness, poor organisation and missed learning or homework.

The threshold was slightly different for each year group but a general rule to give some guidance might be: 

Number of negative behaviour points 











This was based on the raw attendance percentage to date. 

Percentage attendance 


97.5% +






Les than 90%



This was teacher assessed.   Every teacher that teaches a student gave a grade based on an agreed criteria.  These scores (which will range from 8-15 teachers depending on year group) were then averaged to give an ASPIRE grade.  


This was also a teacher assessed in the same way.   Every teacher that teaches a student gave a grade based on an agreed criteria.  These scores (which will range from 8-15 teachers depending on year group) were then averaged to give an ASPIRE grade.  .  


This was based on the number of positive behaviour points students had accrued this year.   Positive behaviour points are awarded for good work in class, good homework, contributions in class, kindness and other general positive behaviours.   

The threshold was different for each year group but a general rule to give some guidance might be: 

Number of positive behaviour points 










Guidance & advice for students for improving their ASPIRE score

Ambitious: (measured by participation in extracurricular activity)

  • Become a student leader
  • Sign up to be a buddy mentor
  • Run for student council
  • Join a sports team (inside or outside of school)
  • Join a club (inside or outside of school)
  • Take part in a trip
  • Audition for a production 
  • Take up a musical instrument 
  • Learn a new language 

Self-regulating:(measured by negative behaviour points)

  • Get into good routines with homework
  • Make sure you can log into Show my homework 
  • Ask your teachers if you can move seats to concentrate more
  • Ask to go on report to your Tutor 
  • Ask for help modifying your behaviour 
  • Ask your parents to contact the school for help. 

Present: (measured by attendance)

  • Think about your lifestyle. (Healthy lifestyles lead to less illness.)
  • Are you really to ill to come into school?
  • Review your morning routine - are you getting up on time and arriving to school on time
  • Get a watch so you can be on time. 

Independent: (average of all classes - teacher assessment)

  • Attend homework club to ensure HW is completed
  • Log onto SMHW every day (parents can do this too)
  • Write out a homework timetable and stick it on your wall
  • Challenge yourself to do some extra work once a week in one subject
  • Make sure you have all the equipment you need for learning and check daily. 
  • Ask for help more in class. 
  • Make sure you know the course and assessment structures of your subjects 

Resilient:  (average of all classes - teacher assessment)

  • When you get something wrong, think it through before you say ‘I can’t do it’ 
  • Make sure you have a green pen - and use it!
  • Ask for help when you need it and listen to the feedback given
  • Remember that every mistake is an opportunity! 

Excellent: (measured by positive behaviour points)

  • Challenge yourself to put your hand up in every lesson
  • Put that extra effort in - don't just do the minimum 
  • Ask questions in class
  • Go the extra mile
  • Nag your teachers to give out rewards! 

Questions and support 

If you have any questions about your ASPIRE report please speak to your tutor. 

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