Assessment and Reporting
At Sale Grammar School we view assessment as an integral part of the teaching and learning process. We also recognise the importance of ensuring that students themselves are increasingly aware and responsible for their own progress to ensure that they become independent learners.
Assessment is essential to ensure that every student acquires the knowledge, understanding and skills to progress from Key Stage 3, make sound option choices and then succeed in their GCSEs and beyond.
Student progress is monitored through regular marking and feedback. In addition to this, students are formally assessed at various points across a term. The methodologies chosen to assess students, and the frequency at which they are assessed, are dependent on the skills and knowledge being studied at the time and on the subject being taught, but will include examinations and tests, presentations, practical assignments and controlled assessments. The information gleaned from assessment allows us to establish how effectively our students are learning and can be used to design intervention to help them improve.
Nationally, there has been a changing landscape in terms of how student achievements are assessed. These changes affect students at all levels throughout our school:
- In Key Stage 3, National Curriculum Levels have been scrapped;
- At Key Stage 4, GCSE subject content has been changed and the emphasis on Controlled Assessment reduced or eliminated, GCSE grades A* to G have been replaced with a new GCSE numbering system of 9 to 1;
- At Key Stage 5, A Level subject content has been changed and AS Levels are no longer necessary in order to qualify for an A Level subject.
Click for more information on how these changes are reflected in our assessment and reporting system for your child's year group.