Exams

  • toExternal exam timetables will be posted here for the June exam series.

Internal exams for June will take place for all Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 pupils from the 8th-14th of June 2016. Exam timetables and study guides will be posted here in advance of exams.

Should you have any queries regarding exams, please contact the school.

Useful links to exam boards can also be found below.

www.ccea.org.uk

www.ocr.org.uk

www.aqa.org.uk

www.wjec.co.uk

What is Assessment?
Assessment is an informed decision about pupil progress based upon evidence collected.

Why do we Assess?

  • to measure progress
  • to monitor and support learning
  • to provide diagnosis of future learning needs
  • to help motivate students and build up their confidence
  • to provide feedback to students and parents thus strengthening parent teacher relationships
  • to enable students to set targets for future learning
  • to enable students to take responsibility for their own learning
  • to help teachers plan and evaluate work
  • to check standards or attainments reached and to plan for future improvement
  • to raise standards
  • to provide evidence for reporting

Who Assesses?

Assessment is the responsibility of each department and is carried out by individual subject teachers.

When do we Assess?

Assessment is an ongoing formative process. We assess during the Induction Day so that your child is placed in the right class. We assess using CAT (Cognitive Ability Testing) and this is used to help us plan our teaching in light of the pupils’ needs and learning styles. We also assess formally twice each year. Pupils have exams at Christmas and in the summer. Analysis of performance in assessment is used to plan future learning and teaching. However, most assessment is carried out in lessons through day by day interactions between pupils and teachers.

Reporting to Parents

Parents receive posted reports twice a year, in January and in June.

Reporting dates are published in the school calendar. In every academic year, the school arranges a Parent Teacher meeting for each curriculum year.

Why do we report?

The purpose of reporting is to :

  • nurture good home/school links
  • encourage and support the pupils efforts
  • inform parents of good educational practice
  • communicate to parents the expectations and ethos of the school
  • allow parents to express anxieties in a two way relationship
  • offer a summary of the pupil’s progress over a period of time.

The Content of Reports

  • his/her achievements
  • where he/she is experiencing difficulties
  • advice for future learning
  • effort in class work and homework
  • attendance.
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