We want all students to make the best possible progress. We assess progress against a number of baseline measures. We use Key Stage 2 SAT scores, Cognitive Ability Tests and national statistics to gain a good understanding of students’ starting points. This enables us to provide adequate stretch and challenge and to intervene where we feel students need additional support. In line with research evidence and current government guidance, we no longer use aim high or target grades.
Our assessment processes are clear and straightforward. Students are assessed through a variety of means including tests, assessed pieces of written work, homework, practical performance and verbal contribution. Tasks may be based around a particular unit of work but are also likely to include assessment of knowledge and skills from any year of study; we expect students to demonstrate a depth of understanding gained through regular independent revision of previously taught material. There are formal examinations in all subjects in all years. Teachers work with colleagues to moderate and compare judgements and all work is graded using GCSE style 9-1 grades. The attached leaflet explains our assessment and reporting procedures in further detail.