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Assessment Statement

A vital part of the work we do as a school is the assessment of progress that students are making in all their subjects, discussion of that progress with students and the reporting of progress to parents.

For many years, National Curriculum levels have been used by all primary and secondary schools to assess and report on progress. From September 2014, schools are no longer required to use National Curriculum levels and schools are free to develop any system of assessment and reporting they choose.

During the academic year 2014-15, we will continue to assess students in Key Stage 3 using National Curriculum levels and will set National Curriculum targets for each individual student based on prior achievement. It is our expectation that all students should make at least 6 sub levels of progress from the end of Key Stage 2 to the end of Key Stage 3. It is our aspiration that they should make 2 full levels of progress from KS2 to KS3. We also set targets for students in Key Stage 4 based on 4 levels of progress from the end of Key Stage 2. i.e.  Level 4 at KS2 would have a KS4 target of grade B. Currently parents receive progress reports each term. At Key Stage 3, reports show students current achievement and progress in relation to target; at Key Stage 4 and 5, reports show teacher predictions of the grade a student is most likely to achieve at the end of the Key Stage, based on regular, ongoing assessments.

Progress is measured in a range of different ways, including formal, exam-style assessment, teacher marking of work, assessment for learning methods in the classroom and some teacher-directed peer and self-assessment.

We are working to develop our assessment system for the future that will help us to support every child in making progress from the start of their learning journey until they leave school. We will keep parents fully informed as we develop new systems of assessment and reporting. This statement will be updated in September 2015.

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