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Curriculum

Assessment

Assessment

There are two types of assessment we use: formative (milestones) and summative.

Summative assessments/exams (on yellow paper) are completed at the mid-year and end of the year and reported in all subjects as Working At Grades (WAGs). The exception is in Year 11, which are completed half-termly and in Year 7 where there are three. The mid-year exam should test both the students’ knowledge and application over the period of teaching since start of the academic year. End of year exams will assess the taught content of the academic year or GCSE syllabus to that point in order to assess students’ long-term memory retention.

All assessments/exams are standardised. All students are assessed at the same time and in the same way. As a result, this allows teachers, leaders and the Governing body to effectively monitor and evaluate student achievement across the cohort, as well as teaching and learning standards.

Each exam in Key Stage 4 uses subject specific GCSE criteria. This allows students to successfully prepare for external examinations at the end of Year 11, as well as giving an indication of their current ability.

Each exam in Key Stage 3 (Years 7/8) differs slightly depending on the nature of the subject. For example, in Physical Education and Drama, most assessment is practical in its nature.

Before submitting grades, subject staff meet in faculties to participate in standardisation activities which aim to ensure both the accuracy and consistency of grades. This opportunity also allows staff to share in good practice in order to improve their teaching and students learning.

Milestone assessments (on green paper) offer opportunity to assess student progress towards their mid and end of year exams. This provides key information to both teacher and student as to how well the taught content is being learnt and applied. The emphasis of these are on gaps and improvements needed, as opposed to the mark/grade. It also provides an opportunity to give clear improvement strategies. Milestone assessments will vary in each subject depending on the frequency of lessons and the length of medium term plans. There is also more flexibility on the content of milestone in some subject areas.

Subject Grading

Key Stage 4

In Years 9, 10 and 11, students are assessed using GCSE grades 1-9 in almost all subjects. The exception being OCR Technical Awards in certain subject areas. This is further broken down using ‘H’ values to identify students working at the top of each grade. Grades are provided for students and parents based on the results of the mid and end of year examinations. Each internal exam uses grade boundaries that are defined by national exam boards, using percentages. In subjects where there is a practical weighting to the final grade, such as in music, drama and PE, this is included in the final calculation.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8, students are assessed using a letter system of A, B, C, D based on a combination of competency achievement and an attainment score (subject specific-some subjects such as maths use solely raw attainment scores).

Grading

Description

Approx cum % of cohort

A

 

The most recent (mid and end of year) examinations have demonstrated that students have acquired the knowledge, skills and understanding in the taught content through successful competency acquisition at this level. Where applicable e.g. maths and science, students have gained enough marks (%) to achieve an ‘A’ grade. Traditionally, this grade would potentially be achieved by approximately 20% of the year group

20% (A+)

B

 

The most recent (mid and end of year) examinations have demonstrated that students have acquired the knowledge, skills and understanding in the taught content through successful competency acquisition at this level. Where applicable e.g. maths and science, students have gained enough marks (%) to achieve a ‘B’ grade. These students are currently demonstrating the ability in future to achieve at least a grade 5 in their final GCSE exams in that subject. Traditionally, this would potentially be achieved by 40% of the year group

60% (B+)

C

 

The most recent (mid and end of year) examinations have demonstrated that students have acquired the knowledge, skills and understanding in the taught content through successful competency acquisition at this level. Where applicable e.g. maths and science, students have gained enough marks (%) to achieve a ‘C’ grade. Traditionally, this would potentially be achieved by approximately 30% of the year group

90% (C+)

D

 

 

 

The most recent (mid and end of year examinations) have demonstrated that students have acquired the knowledge, skills and understanding in the taught content through successful competency acquisition at this level. Where applicable e.g. maths and science, students have gained enough marks (%) to achieve a ‘D’ grade. Traditionally, this would potentially equate to approximately 10% of the year group

100% (D+)