Assessment and Reporting

KS3

Reporting: There are a number of occasions during the year when students are graded on their attainment, effort and homework in each subject. A report is sent to parents setting out their grades to give an accurate prediction of their current performance. Grades are based upon class activities, practical assessments, homework and tests and assume students will continue to work and progress in the same way for the remainder of the course.

Parent Consultations: Following the publication of reports there is an opportunity for discussion between parents and staff about student progress at Parent Consultation days. The KS3 Senior Teacher will however often send ‘round robins’ to collect information from staff about students who are suspected to be underperforming. This may also happen at any time during the year if it is felt to be appropriate and parents are contacted to arrange a meeting in school. Students may be placed on School Report should they be underperforming. Students are then responsible for taking the report home to show their parents, who are then required to discuss the report and sign in the appropriate place. Parents will be contacted to arrange a meeting with the senior teacher.

Options: Students select subjects for study at IGCSE / GCSE level depending upon their performance in Year 9 generally and subject to the timetable option blocks.  Students are advised in making their selections though PSHE, the Year 9 options evening and by advice given by teachers to ensure they choose the best options for them as individuals. Students are also provided with a comprehensive Options Booklet which provides information about all the IGCSE courses on offer. Information is given about the course content, examination details and suggestions of possible careers surrounding each particular subject.

KS4

Students are supported throughout key stage 4. A number of strategies taken to ensure each students maximises their achievement at IGCSE and to prepare for AS levels. Strategies used to achieve these objectives include:

Reporting: There are a number of occasions during the year when students are graded on their attainment, effort and homework in each IGCSE/GCSE subject. A report is sent to parents setting out their grades to give an accurate prediction of their estimated performance in their final examinations. Grades are based upon class activities, practical assessments, homework and tests and assume students will continue to work and progress in the same way for the remainder of the course.

Parent Consultations: Following the publication of reports there is an opportunity for discussion between parents and staff about student progress at Parent Consultation days. The KS4 Senior Teacher will however often send ‘round robins’ to collect information from staff about students who are suspected to be underperforming. This may also happen at any time during the year if it is felt to be appropriate and parents contacted to arrange a meeting in school.

PSHE Support: After each report is issued students are encouraged to review their grades and set themselves targets through the PSHE program. The Key stage coordinator will meet with individual students who are felt to be underperforming to discuss why this is and what can be done to improve matters.

Mentoring: At the end of Year 10 students with 5 passes or less are invited to become part of the mentoring program. Each student is allocated a member of staff that they meet with on a weekly basis. The staff member will review their revision methods and timelines. The staff member will help the student to set realistic targets for their November report and then for the December Mock examinations. Students from KS5 present a session for the PSHE program giving the benefit of their experience. This year some KS5 students have acted as mentors to new students in year 10.

Sixth Form: Entry into Year 12 to study AS subjects depends upon a student’s performance in Year 11 generally and, particularly, upon their grades in Maths, English and the subjects in which they wish to pursue their studies in Year 12.  Students are expected to achieve at least a grade (B) in their proposed AS subjects to continue to AS Level.

Formal Reporting

Year Group 1st Progress Report 2nd Progress Report Final Report
Years 7-10 November March June (after end-of-year exams)
Year 11 (IGCSE) November January (after mock exams)
Year 12 (AS) November March
Year 13 (A2) November March

The following grades are used when reporting:

Years 7 & 8 Year 9 IGCSE A-Level
AB

C

AB

C

A*A

B

C

AB

C

D

E

Grades accepted as ‘Pass’ by universities
D DE

F

G

U

DE

F

G

X

NX Grades not accepted as ‘Pass’