Assessment & Reporting

At Key Stage three, we have a philosophy of “learning without limits". Our ethos spans across all lessons. Students are provided with topic progress trackers and success criteria for each area of study.

These will be at the following levels of demand:

  • Acorn
  • Seedling
  • Sapling
  • Canopy

Teachers provide written and verbal feedback to students relating to the evidence of their understanding and how they can progress.

Please find an overview of our Key Stage three assessment calendar and reporting cycle to parents:-

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Autumn termGL Assessment and CATs in English, Maths and Science and reading testsReading tests
Virtual parents' evening on School Cloud.Virtual parents' evening on School Cloud Progress report sent via Parentmail
End of term assessmentsEnd of term assessmentsEnd of term assessments.
Spring termProgress report sent via ParentmailProgress report sent via Parentmail 'GCSE Readiness' progress report produced and sent home prior to Easter break.
End of term assessmentsEnd of term assessmentsEnd of term assessments
Summer termGL Progress Tests in English, Maths and Science (externally standardised).
End of year assessments
End of year assessmentsEnd of Key Stage GL Progress Tests in English, Maths and Science (externally standardised)
Progress report sent via ParentmailProgress report sent via ParentmailVirtual parents' evening on School Cloud

Key Stage 4

Mock examinations take place in the summer term of Year 10 and the Autumn and Spring Term of Year 11. Results are shared via the mock results day in January and via written progress reports in July of Year 10 and April of Year 11.

Parents' evenings for years 10 and year 11 will take place during the autumn term prior to mock examinations.

All assessments are based on past exam papers, using GCSE exam board grades and grade boundaries specific to the examination paper used (with a 10% increase in boundary to anticipate any exam board increases).

Students receive three grades based on Classwork, Exam Grade and 'Working At Year 11' grade; this is a grade based on where this would position the student at the end of their year 11 studies.

Attitude to learning grades

Attitudes to learning are important if each student is to achieve their very best. We include a grade for each subject within every progress report. More information on these can be found in the document here: