It is important to build on students’ prior learning. In order to do this effectively we need to understand what students already know and what they need to do to develop their knowledge and understanding even further.
At Thornden we have developed a system that links the lower and upper schools together and is roughly based on the grades that the students will receive at GCSE. Students will receive a numerical value from 9 to 1 (with 9 being the highest) based on criteria linked to the GCSEs. We have an additional ‘Access’ level to support students in reaching the 9 to 1 criteria and this is usually applied when students are beginning to learn a subject for the first time. Each numerical grade is divided into four sections known as ‘Foundation’, ‘Developmental’, ‘Secure’ and ‘Excellence.’ Both of these values will be reported to parents.
To provide a guide on what grades students are likely to achieve in different year groups there is a table below of the expected ranges of that group.
However, the majority of our assessment takes place in the classroom with interactions between staff and students, feedback on work or through questioning. This provides important and regular feedback to our students and helps them to understand how to improve and what they have done well.
We report to parents three times a year (twice in Year 11), providing information on the students’ current performance, their commitment to their study at both home and in school, and provide targets to enable students to improve. All year groups have an annual parent/carer progress evening (two in Year 11) which provides an opportunity for face to face meetings with teachers. We aim to ensure that there is calendared communication between staff and parents/carers every term.