Assessment in Early Years
When your child is in nursery and/or reception, assessments of their learning are by written observations, pieces of work and photos collected by the class teacher, TA or nursery nurse. These observations are collated in your child’s Learning Journey. This book is always available for you to look at. Parents are encouraged to add your contributions and observations of what your child is able to do and we valued this input from you.
Written reports of nursery and reception children’s progress and individual targets are sent home three times a year. In addition to this, in the reception classes there are two occasions when you will be invited in to discuss achievements and progress with your child’s teacher on Progress Review Days (14th January 2021 and 21st July 2021).
Assessment in Years 1 – 6
Every term, your child completes a formal assessment in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and maths. Class teachers track their progress against their personal targets. Children in year 1 are assessed by observation of class work, until they are able to complete more formal testing themselves. Written reports are sent home three times a year and there is also an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress at two Progress Review Days (14th January 2021 and 21st July 2021).
In addition to our on-going assessments, we have some statutory assessment which we must undertake and publish results to parents. These are the Early Years Profile assessment (end of reception), Phonics Screening Check (end year1), key stage 1 assessments (end of year 2) and key stage 2 assessments at the end of year 6. Results of all these assessments are reported to parents at the end of the Summer Term.
Secondary and Sixth Form
Each term your child will have their progress assessed in all subjects. The majority of subjects will have written examinations during our termly exam weeks. Exam weeks are scheduled in the academic calendar for 2019 – 2020 as follows:
- Term 1: Week commencing 7th October 2019 (Year 11)
- Term 2: Fortnight commencing 2nd December 2019 (Year 11)
- Term 3: Fortnight commencing 21st January 2020 (Years 7-10)
- Term 3: Fortnight commencing 2nd March 2020 (Year 11)
- End of year exams: Week commencing 15th June 2020 (Years 7-10)
Following each formal exam students' progress is reviewed and group changes are made to maximise their learning potential. Parents receive a report through the post and have the opportunity to formally discuss their child’s progress at our two Progress Review Days (16th January 2020 and 9th July 2020). However, if you have any concerns in the meantime please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Each term we publish the progress and attainment data of all our students, encouraging students to reach their ’personal best’.
Secondary and Sixth Form - From September 2020
In a usual academic year, assessment would take place as per the information below. However, we do know currently that assessments during term 1 are very unlikely and we will review when assessments need to take place as the year progresses.
Students have their progress regularly assessed in all subjects. In Years 7-10 students are assessed twice, and in Year 11 they are assessed three times, in the academic year. The majority of subjects will be assessed with written examinations during our termly assessment weeks. Students receive comprehensive revision materials prior to their assessments to support them in preparing for their exams.
Exams are held as follows:
|| Year 11: 1 week, commencing 28th September 2020
|| Years 7 - 10: 2 weeks, commencing 9th November 2020
|| Year 11: 2 weeks, commencing 16th November 2020
|| Year 11: 2 weeks, commencing 1st March 2021
|End of Year
|| Years 7 - 10: 1 week, commencing 16th June 2021
Following each formal exam students’ progress is reviewed and group changes are made to maximise their learning potential. Parents also receive a report through the post, as well as the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress at our two Progress Review Days (14th January 2021 and 21st July 2021). However, if in the meantime you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.