Marking and Assessment
Home learning tasks will be checked and marked once completed.
Key Stage 3: Years 7-9
Year 7- 9 students should expect to receive specific targets for improvement on their work when it is marked by their teacher. Students should note these on their subject tracker sheets and respond if appropriate, perhaps by redrafting a section of their work or trying another question as set by the teacher.
National Curriculum levels are now no longer in use. We have published our new Key Stage 3 Assessment Framework which details the expected knowledge and skills which each student will reach at the end of each year. This new framework currently applies to years 7-9.
Each half term, teachers will assess students’ progress against the framework and report using the following scale:
|C||Cause for Concern|
At the beginning of the year, teachers will use baseline tests and Key Stage 2 data to set a target on the same scale for years 7, 8 and 9 students to achieve by the end of the year. More detail about the new KS3 Assessment Framework are available in the booklet which can be downloaded here.
Key Stages 4: Years 10-11
In Key Stage 4, students work may be marked using examination board mark schemes or mark grids, and an indication of the working-at grade should be given (grades A*-G or 9-1 for GCSE). Areas for improvement will be given. Sometimes ‘fine grades’ are used which divide each grade into three levels, e.g. C1, C2, C3, where C1 is a strong C, or nearly a B. In the new numerical grade system, which is being phased in by the government, these fine grades appear as 4:1, 4:2, 4:3 etc. During 2018-19, Year 11 students will be awarded numerical grades for all subjects except Business Studies, Child Development, Design & Technology, ICT, Media Studies, Psychology and Russian. Year 10 students will be awarded numerical grades for all their subjects.
Each student has a target grade based on the Key Stage 2 score they received at the end of their Primary school education. Achieving their target will place the student in the top 25% nationally for their ability level.
Tests and formal classroom assessments are used in subjects to determine progress and attainment, or to contribute to summative assessment grade. Mock examinations are held at regular intervals during Key Stage 4: once in year 10 and twice in year 11.
Parents receive progress reports three times per year. These contain details of progress made towards the expected grade to be reached based on the student’s prior attainment, as well as information on behaviour and study habits.
Key Stage 5: Years 12 and 13
In Key Stage 5, students work may be marked using examination board mark schemes or mark grids, and an indication of the predicted grade should be given (A*-E for A Level). Areas for improvement will be given. Sometimes ‘fine grades’ are used which divide each grade into three levels, e.g. C1, C2, C3, where C1 is a strong C, or nearly a B.
Each student has an ALPS (A Level Performance System) target in the 6th Form. This is their target grade for all subjects. and is based on their prior attainment.
Parents receive progress reports three times per year. These contain details of the predicted grade for the student for each subject. Mock examinations are held in January of year 13 and June if year 12, though exam-based assessment will continue throughout the course.
If you have comments or concerns regarding marking or assessment, please contact your son / daughter’s year co-ordinator in the first instance.