The main purpose of assessment is to support and promote the progress and development of the individual student. We believe, therefore, that assessment is part of the process whereby students come to feel valued as individuals, to acquire a positive self-image and to take pride in their achievements.
We no longer offer an AS exam at the end of Year 12. To monitor progress throughout the two years, we hold a four weekly assessment cycle. During this time, students sit an hour long assessment for each of their subjects. At the end of Year 12, we hold end of year exams. Students must average the minimum expected grade to automatically continue with a course into Year 13. There is a second internal exam series following the February half term.
At the end of the school year, we hold an awards ceremony. On that occasion we celebrate student achievement by giving a diploma of achievement to those who have shown outstanding commitment to their school work. We also present subject and special awards to recognise individual achievements.
Students are expected to make regular assessments of their own progress. From time to time, therefore, they will be asked to evaluate their work and achievements over a given period of time.
We provide information to parents and carers at regular intervals to support the partnership that needs to exist between home and school in providing for the welfare of the individual.
For each year group, there is a consultation evening, when parents are invited to meet individual subject teachers. At a different time, parents of students in all years receive a report on the student’s progress in each subject, the effort they make to achieve and the level of their attainment. Areas for development will also be identified. Assessment and attendance information is securely published and available for parents through the school’s digital platform, Frog.