Assessment & Exams

Assessment at The Featherstone Academy

 

Awarding GCSE Grades in 2021

 


Key Stage 3

Assessment takes place in a variety of forms at Key Stage 3.  Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding in each subject through formative assessments that take place in the classroom environment.  These take place weekly, fortnightly or half termly dependent on the subject and ascertain the progress students have made in the classwork they have studied that half term.

Each year students will undertake two examination weeks in which their understanding and knowledge is assessed in the form of summative assessments that take place in the exam hall.  Students are assessed on content that has been taught throughout the year in English, Mathematics and Science.

Following each examination reports are sent out via Edulink to parents and a parents evening is held for parents to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher of each subject.

 

Key Stage 4

Assessment takes place in a variety of forms at Key Stage 4.  Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding in each subject through formative assessments that take place in the classroom environment.  These take place weekly, fortnightly or half termly dependent on the subject and ascertain the progress pupils have made in the classwork they have studied that half term.

In Year 10 and 11, students will be prepared for and sit mock examinations as part of a Progress Check.  The Progress Check takes place over one to two weeks and students will sit examinations in all subjects that they study.  The examinations take place in the exam hall and consist of past GCSE papers and questions.  The information collected from the Progress Check then informs a variety of in class and out of class interventions to ensure progress towards a child’s GCSE target grade is on track.

Following each Progress Check reports are sent out via Edulink to parents and a parents evening is held for parents to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher of each subject.

 

Reports

Key Stage 3

Below is an example of a Key Stage 3 report and an explanation of each section:

Working Towards Grade
This is the grade that the student is on track to achieve in their GCSEs at the end of Key Stage 4 if they continue to work at the same level and with the same attitude to their learning.  It is not a predicted grade, but the grade that the students is currently on track to get.  This grade may go up or down at future assessment points.  It is not necessarily the grade that the student will go on to achieve.

 

Key Stage 4

Below is an example of a Key Stage 4 report and an explanation of each section:

 

Current grades are based on mock examination outcomes of which the published grade boundaries of that paper are used for most subjects to arrive at the given outcome.

Predicted Grades are a professional judgement from the subject teacher. The grades take into account in-class assessments, levels of engagement, and outcomes from the mock series or Progress Check.

Predicted grades *do not* state what we ‘guarantee’ students to leave with at GCSE.

 

 


Click here to read about GCSE, AS and A level reforms in England from 2017

 

New grades for GCSE’s in England – click here

 

 

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