Assessment

Key Assessment dates and documents

Assessment, Marking and Reporting

Students’ work is assessed by staff on a regular basis and they receive constructive feedback which gives them the opportunity to improve the quality of their work. Progress is measured carefully and recorded throughout their school career.

Assessment Grades

The new GCSE grades 9-1 are used for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 from September 2016 onwards and for Maths and English Y11 only. A*-G grades are to be used for the remaining legacy Y11 subjects. Each grade can be subdivided into + and – grades depending on how secure the grade is, eg, 3- (insecure grade), 3 (secure grade) and 3+ (very secure grade) or C- (insecure grade), C (secure grade) or C+ (very secure grade).

For BTec and OCR vocational qualifications, attainment on these courses should be shown as a Fail F, Pass P, Merit M or Distinction D, with indication of whether they are a level 1 or a level 2 course.

Students, in consultation with their teachers, set challenging end of year targets at the beginning of each year. Progress is monitored carefully to ensure that these individual targets are achieved. Parents are informed of their child’s progress three times during the year in the form of two progress reports and a written report. In addition, parents have the opportunity to discuss progress at Parents’ Evenings through individual meetings with staff.

Report Grade Descriptors

Attitude to Learning Descriptions

Grade 1: A highly motivated, independent and organised learner, who is rarely off-task. Classwork and homework is always completed to the best of their ability. This person is reflective, resilient and determined to achieve. Is highly likely to achieve or exceed their end of year targets.
Grade 2: A motivated and organised learner who shows initiative and is keen to do well. They seek to produce classwork and homework to the best of their ability. This person is capable of working independently and is enthusiastic about their learning. Is likely to achieve their end of year target.
Grade 3: This learner works reasonably well when provided with regular instructions and advice from staff. They lack resilience when faced with challenging tasks. Homework and classwork may be inconsistent but usually meets the minimum standards set. Should achieve their end of year target.
Grade 4: This learner has difficulty staying on task, is often without equipment and seldom completes work or homework. Unlikely to achieve their end of year target.

Behaviour for Learning Descriptions

Grade 1: This learner makes an exceptional contribution to a safe, positive learning environment. They show high levels of engagement, courtesy, collaboration and cooperation. Behaviour is impeccable.
Grade 2: This learner is considerate, respectful and courteous and consistently meets the school’s expectations in terms of behaviour. They make a positive contribution to a well ordered and safe learning environment.
Grade 3: Behaviour may be inconsistent. This learner occasionally displays low level disruption but responds promptly to teacher’s direction.
Grade 4: This learner is persistently disruptive and unable to accept consequences without argument. They often show a lack of respect for others and have poor self-discipline.