Formal methods of assessment include:
Regular assessment of learning and progress in lessons including end of unit or module tests and homework.
Internal exams take place per term in all subjects through formative, summative or project based assessments. All students take part in these examinations, the outcome of which can lead to a change in a student’s class in Key Stage 4. For all students this is a great way to practice and become familiar with the formal examination setting.
Regular mock examinations in Year 11 and the Sixth Form in preparation for public examinations.
Formal public examinations. Students from year 10-13 sit these exams, with the exception of students from years 8 and 9 taking GCSEs early.
How does a student change classes in Key Stage 4?
Each time a student takes a new set of exams, they have an opportunity to move sets. Therefore, if a child is successful in their examinations, they may maintain their position or move up a set. However, if a child achieves a lower than expected or group, this will mean that the student may move down a set.
The purpose of this system is to ensure that all students are taking full responsibility for their learning and working hard to achieve aspirational outcomes for themselves.