Children are assessed regularly through a combination of progress monitoring, standardised testing and in-house exams. Pupils in Reception and Year 1 are given baseline assessments during their first term at school. The aim is to obtain a pupil profile that will inform teachers and provide data against which further progress can be measured.
Teachers also monitor progress through ongoing observations, discussions and informal tests at the end of units of work. Children are given timely and sensitive feedback about their performance with the aim of helping them to set their own targets, rather than competing against their peers. Children in the Middle and Upper school are taught how to develop realistic learning and performance targets. In so doing they can take a direct role in raising their own expectations and gain knowledge about their strengths and weaknesses.
Formal assessments are held for Year 3 and above in the form of in-house exams in the Autumn and Summer terms. Years 1 and 2 are assessed through more informal end of unit tests.
Annual standardised tests in Mathematics and English are used in Years 1-6 to give objective data showing value added progress. Staff use this information to indicate clearly progress being made, to inform teaching and planning and to review and analyse the curriculum.
Through regular assessment we aim to ensure that children are well prepared for performing in timed conditions and consequently enjoy the opportunity to show what they have learned. Where appropriate differentiated elements are introduced into papers in order to allow every pupil to experience success.