Assessment

To see a copy of the Summative Assessment, Tracking and Reporting Policy please click Summative Assessment.

To view a letter explaining target grades and the new GCSE grades as well as engagement scores please click Year 7-11 Profiles.

Our aims for assessment are:

  • To ensure that student progress is maximised
  • To ensure that all stakeholders are well informed of progress at individual, group, subject and year levels

Our underpinning principles for assessment are:

1.  Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning.
    a.  Assessment provides evidence to guide teaching and learning.
    b.  Assessment provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate and review their progress.

2.  Assessment is fair.
    a.  Assessment is inclusive of all abilities.
    b.  Assessment is free from bias towards factors that are not  relevant to what the assessment intends to address.

3.  Assessment is honest.
    a.  Assessment outcomes are used in ways that minimise undesirable effects.
    b.  Assessment outcomes are conveyed in an open, honest and transparent way to assist pupils with their  learning.
    c.  Assessment judgements are moderated by experienced professionals to ensure  their accuracy.

4.  Assessment is ambitious.
    a.  Assessment places  achievement in context against nationally standardised criteria and expected standards.
    b.  Assessment embodies, through objective criteria, a pathway of progress and development for every  child.
    c.  Assessment objectives set high  expectations for learners.

5.  Assessment is appropriate.
    a.  The purpose of any assessment process should be clearly stated.
    b.  Conclusions regarding pupil achievement are valid  when  the assessment method is appropriate (to age, to the task and to the desired feedback information).
    c.  Assessment should draw on a wide  range  of evidence to provide a complete picture of student achievement.
    d.  Assessment should demand no more procedures or records than are practically required to allow  pupils,  their  parents and teachers to plan future learning.

 6.  Assessment is consistent.
     a.  Judgements are formed according to common principles.
     b.  The results  are readily understandable by third parties.
     c.  A school’s results  are capable of comparison with other schools,  both locally and nationally.

7.  Assessment outcomes provide meaningful and understandable information for:
     a.  pupils in developing their  learning;
     b.  parents in supporting children with their learning;
     c.  teachers in planning teaching and learning.
     Assessment must provide information that justifies the time spent;
     d.  school leaders  and governors in planning and allocating resources; and
     e.  government and agents  of government.

 8.  Assessment feedback should inspire greater effort and a belief that, through hard work and practice, more can be achieved.