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How we measure progress

Maintaining academic standards is important to us. Naturally we want to be able to measure our performance against other schools – and to know we’re doing the best we can for our pupils.

It’s important too that the pupils themselves know how they’re progressing, both in the curriculum and against their own personal goals. That’s why we have a system of accreditation and assessment.


Sixth form pupils at St Piers follow the Equals Moving On curriculum and receive externally moderated certification. Certification is also possible for literacy and numeracy units and for six key skills areas.

AQA accreditation

Key stage 4 pupils work towards AQA unit awards for which they receive externally moderated certificates for their achievements.

Subjects studied include literacy, numeracy, science, PSHE, humanities, ICT and design technology.


We track the progress of all our pupils using sophisticated CASPA software. This allows us to see how children are doing compared with pupils in other special schools. It also lets us compare their progress with national progression guidance for pupils of the same age and level of achievement.

How are we doing?

Of the pupils who complete a full key stage at St Piers, more than half make above average progress in language and literacy. In maths, that figure is more than 75%.


We carry out rigorous internal and external moderation of work across the school, making sure that assessments carried out under the assessment service B Squared are accurate.

We feed this into CASPA to measure progress and focus on any areas of the curriculum or specific student needs that require additional support or development.All our accreditation is moderated externally.

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