& Target Setting:  

Why do we set targets?

Evidence from many academic studies shows that having a target means that you are much more likely to achieve (in life as well as school!)

Having targets allows us to track pupil progress more effectively and to offer the right support.

Information can be shared with parents/carers to help them follow progress more closely.

Target setting is individualised. This is to allow all of our pupils to work to their maximum potential regardless of their starting point.

Our pupils make great progress at Key Stage 3 and targets help to avoid a ‘dip’ in their learning at GCSE.

At St. Hild’s Church of England School we aim to provide all of our pupils with a world class education in a Christian context. 

We expect to find God at work in our school.


"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."


We held a Parent/Carer Target Setting and Reporting Briefing for Years 7 through to Year 10 on Monday 1st October 2018. The presentation shown to Parents/Carers on the evening, detailing our Target Setting/ Assessment procedures, may be viewed via clicking on the link below.

Target Setting Parent Presentation

Key learning principles:

We have high expectations for all learners and we acknowledge that every member of our school community is a life-long learner.

It is imperative we nurture growth mind-sets so that pupils understand that their abilities can be developed, and that effort leads to success.

Teaching, learning and assessment strategies allow every pupil to access the curriculum regardless of ability or prior attainment.

Assessment for learning is fundamental in our approach to teaching, learning and assessment.

It is vital we maintain a commitment to the continuous improvement and development of teaching,learning and assessment and therefore opportunities for staff to develop and improve teaching and learning underpin all aspects of CPD.

School Improvement Priorities:

Our commitment to achieving the highest quality teaching and learning experiences for our students is fundamental in addressing our current priorities of:

• Improve the quality of teaching so that it is at least consistently good in order to raise attainment across all subjects, for all key groups, especially for boys, low ability and pupil premium pupils.

• Develop pupil engagement (behaviour for learning).

• Improve the effectiveness of leadership and management at all levels.