Assessment - Monitoring and Reporting
Your child’s progress will be assessed in a number of different ways. However, the formal assessment of their progress will be reported to you using the following benchmarks:
Achievement will be assessed through the use of National Curriculum levels or examination grades.
For Key Stage 3 students (Years 7 and 8 for all and Year 9 for some), a number level is given followed by a letter sub level e.g.4b
The levels range from 1 to 8 (level 8 is the highest). Most of our students in Year 7 will be operating at levels 3, 4 and 5 and most of our Year 8 students will be working at levels 4, 5 and 6.
For students studying GCSE subjects a grade is given ranging from A* down to G. Grade U is used for students who will not achieve a grade for a variety of reasons. Grades A*, A, B and C are recognised by employers and H.E. Colleges as ‘passes’. For students studying Applied Learning subjects, the following awards are given – Distinction (equivalent to a GCSE grade A), Merit (equivalent to a GCSE grade B) and a Pass (equivalent to a GCSE grade C). Most Applied Learning courses are equivalent to four GCSE grades.
For students studying Advanced Level subjects (AS or A2) a grade is given ranging from A* to E. Grade U is used for students who have not achieved a grade. Other Level 3 Applied Learning courses are graded pass, merit or distinction.
We will also regularly assess the following:
Your child’s Advisor will monitor their achievement and other assessments. They will discuss these with your child and contact you if they are concerned or want to congratulate outstanding progress.
Parents will be able to access the following reports through the parent portal:
December – Students will receive a progress report containing the latest grades your child is achieving and assessments of the skills they are developing and where appropriate, mock examination results. Year 10 students will receive a full written report providing information and progress to date and advice on exam preparation.
March – Students in Years 7-10 will receive a further progress report. Students in Year 11 and the Sixth Form will receive a full written report providing information on progress to date and advice on exam preparation.
July – Students in Years 7 to 9 will receive a full written report summarising their achievements in that subject and setting targets for the next academic year. Students in Year 10 will receive a progress report.
If parents require paper copies of reports, please contact the administration team.
All parents will be invited to the college at least once a year for a subject based parental consultation. The dates of these are published in the College Calendar.