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How We Assess

As learning is invisible to others. This means that learning must be assessed through performance: what pupil's can do with their learning. Assessing pupil's performance 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 will give 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. Assessment is measured in a variety of ways such as:

  • Assignments
  • Classroom questioning
  • End of topic tests
  • Subject Exams

Formative assessment

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.

Summative assessment

The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate pupil learning at the end of a topic by comparing it against a standard or benchmark.

 Examples of summative assessments include:

  • A midterm exam
  • A final exam

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. The IGCSE is the International qualification which is recognised in this country as an attributed course and a verified qualification. 

GCSE Subjects & Exam Board

English Language – AQA
English Literature – AQA
Science (DBL) – AQA
Citizenship -  AQA
Sociology – AQA
Either: Art – AQA GCSE or Drama– Edexcel GCSE

After the exam season all Year 11s will be expected to remain at school until the final Friday in June. In this time they will be completing  a variety of activities personalised to the individual they include:

  • Work Experience
  • Arts Award
  • Unit Awards
  • End of year celebration activities

In addition some students will be offered the opportunity of sitting:

General Studies, Psychology, History, Spanish and French.

Other GCSE Languages that can be offered are:  German; Bengali; Chinese (Mandarin); Modern Hebrew; Italian; Panjabi; Polish; Urdu

Other subjects:

  • Mentoring
  • PSHE 
  • Film club/Book club 
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Sports
  • Arts Awards 
  • AQA Unit Awards 

Additional Opportunities:

  • All Year 10s (some Year 9's) will be encouraged to take exams in English and Maths at either entry or functional level depending on their ability in the Summer Term
  • There will be other opportunities for certification in different subjects depending on their ability and interests.
  • Some Year 10 students will be offered the opportunity to sit GCSE's during the exam season. This decision will be based on the students’ predicted grades, teacher feedback, students’ attitude to work and family support.
  • All Year 10s will take part in a Film project which leads to certification in the Summer Term.
  • All Year 10s will complete a two week work experience placement, this is also open to Year 11's if they wish to have a placement following their exams.