How We Assess
Assessing pupil's progress can involve assessments that are formal or informal, individual or collective.
Pupils have written reports and Parent/Carer days three times a year, where they are spoken to by subject teachers, mentors, coaches and members of the senior leadership team. This gives the Parent/Carer and pupil an overview of how they are progressing and how they have performed. In addition, all KS4 students who sat Mock exams in January receive their Mock exam results which are discussed with Parents/Carers at a Post-Mock review meeting with a member of the SLT. We also hold Year 11 progress review days in the Spring Term. Assessment is measured in a variety of ways such as:
- Classroom questioning
- End of topic tests
- Subject Exams
We assess across all academic subjects at regular intervals. Students are aware of their progress and we ensure that marking and feedback is of a high standard to enable students to be clear about what they need to do to make further progress.
We also assess across a range of non-academic skills including resilience, problem solving, creativity, cognition and well being.
The goal of formative assessment is to monitor pupil learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by teachers to improve their teaching and by pupils to improve their learning. More specifically, formative assessments:
- Help pupils identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work.
- Help staff recognise where pupils are struggling and address problems.
The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate pupil learning at the end of a topic by comparing it against a standard or benchmark, such as final exams.
At KS4, we offer range of GCSE courses. These are offered as part of our normal curriculum and, where appropriate, pupils in Year 10 and Year 11 will be submitted.
GCSE Subjects & Exam Boards
Maths – EDEXCEL
English Language – AQA
English Literature – AQA
Science (Biology) – AQA
Citizenship - AQA
Either: Art – AQA GCSE or Drama– Edexcel GCSE
We also offer 2 BTECS:
Performance Arts & Sport
- All Year 10s and 11's (some Year 9's) will be encouraged to take exams in English and Maths at Functional Skill level, depending on ability and progress in the Summer Term
- There will be other opportunities for certification in different subjects depending on student ability and interests.