Internal Assessments and Reports
We assess our students' progress regularly throughout the year and issue reports to parents. We also invite parents to attend parent conferences with their children's teacher. The details of the relevant schedules of reports and parents' evenings are published under the Infants', Juniors' and Seniors' sections of the website.
External Assessments and Examinations
National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) tests
We also use NFER tests to assess our students' cognitive ability in Reasoning (Maths) and Reading. These tests give us an age-related score which is used for the tracking and recording of students' performance over time. The reason for doing this is to obtain accurate data to be able to make judgements about the maintenance of our standards against a national U.K. norm. To achieve this end and monitor changes in performance, students have to be tested regularly and systematically over time.
Student assessment data
Student assessment data is collected at Key Stages 1 and 2 through Teacher Assessments and National Curriculum Tests, known as SATs or Standard Assessment Tasks and at Key Stage 3 through the Cambridge Checkpoint tests. This assists us in assessing and comparing our educational programme and our students' achievements against standardised benchmarks.
Key Stage 1
During Year 2, teacher assessment is carried out in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. In English, teachers are required to record a level in the three strands of Reading, Writing, and Speaking & Listening. To assist teachers in arriving at an assessed level, tests and tasks are completed in reading, writing and mathematics. These are normally taken during May.
Key Stage 2
During May in the final year of Key Stage 2, Year 6 students undertake National Curriculum Tests in the two core subjects of English and Mathematics, which provide records of attainment in the subjects, including separate levels for reading and writing as part of the overall English grade. In addition, teachers provide teacher assessments in the same subjects. Students in Key stage 2 also take the Edinburgh Reading Test in October which provides a standardised score and reading age, as well as results in four subtests: vocabulary, syntax, sequencing and comprehension.
Key Stage 3
Students in Year 7 will take a cognitive ability test to help benchmark and set predictive data. We use this information to set minimum expected levels (MEL) a student should achieve as a minimum by the end of Year 9. Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9, students are given a National Curriculum Level and Sub level. End of Year Exams are sat in all subjects throughout Key Stage 3 at the end of the academic year..
Key Stage 4
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Students in Year 10 will take a cognitive ability test to help benchmark and set predictive data. We use this information to set minimum expected grades (MEG) a student should achieve as a minimum by the end of Year 11 in each of their I/GCSE subjects. I/GCSEs are the main examinations taken by students at the end the two years of Key Stage 4. The assessment of these subjects is by means of exams that are externally marked and graded and continuous assessment during the two-year course, such as coursework assignments and practical experiments. Once students have passed at least five subjects at GCSE with a C grade or higher, they can proceed to study at Advanced Level in Years 12 and 13. Please note that students are required to achieve at least a B grade in the subjects they wish to study at A Level.
General Certificate of Education, Advanced Level (GCE A Level)
Students in Year 12 will take a cognitive ability test to help benchmark and set predictive data. We use this information to set minimum expected grades (MEG) a student should achieve as a minimum by the end of Year 13 in each of their A level subjects. A levels are studied typically between the ages of 16-18 and are the most usual route into UK and most international universities. To gain entry to a top UK university students need 3 good A Level grades, although exceptionally talented students can take 5 subjects. Each full A Level consists of 4 units which are studied in two stages:
- Stage 1 - Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level: 2 modules are studied for the award of an AS Level.
- Stage 2 - A2 level: a second set of 2 units is studied to take an AS level to a full A Level. (Some subjects have 3 modules.)
Students also have the opportunity to study BTEC Business Studies which is a fully coursework based subject that is the equivalent of two full A levels if studies across Years 12 & 13. BTEC is a globally recognised alternative to A levels for University entrance.
All Students in the Sixth Form also follow an enrichment programme (TEP) that includes study skills, physical exercise and a general studies course that can lead to another A level qualification.