Assessment

    Assessment at Stratford upon Avon School - An Overview

    Assessment at Stratford upon Avon School is designed to provide a rigorous means of monitoring student progress and whether students are on track to meet or exceed targets and to further check the security, breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of students in the classroom and throughout the year.

    Assessments: A Quick Guide | PDF*

    How do we formally assess?

    Alongside the day to formative assessment of progress encountered in the classroom and student work – we also have a rigorous structure of formal assessment throughout the School Year: 

    • 6 formal graded assessments for each subject area – Year 9-11, including a terminal examination in all subjects.
    • 6 formal graded assessments for each subject area (English, Maths, Science) in year 7-8.
    • Additional Pre-Public Examinations (PPE/”mocks”) for Years 10-11, completed in conditions intended to replicate external examinations (Hall, seating, invigilation etc.)
    • All subjects may run further graded assessments in the year – specific details can be found on the curriculum information page of the subject areas.

    The table below gives a summary of the formal assessment points.

    Year Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
    7 EMS All EMS All EMS End of Year Exam
    8 EMS All EMS All EMS End of Year Exam
    9 All All All All All PPE
    10 All All All All All PPE
    11 All All All PPE Exams Exams
    12 All All PPE All Exams Exams + Y13 Assessments
    13 All All PPE All Exams Exams

    EMS= English, Maths, Science; All= all subjects;  PPE= “mock exams”; Exams = external examinations

    Assessment in Year 12-13 follows the pattern of the remainder of School with all formal tests taking place outside of curriculum time in exam conditions, invigilated by senior staff. This is in addition to formal conditions for year 12/13 PPE.

    What sort of assessment grading do we use?

    Specific pages of information for each year group can be found on this part of the website.  We are in a national period of curriculum change. Our intention is to move to a grading system across all years which reflects the new national GCSE structures of 1-9 with fine grades +/- . In this intermediate phase, we run a blend of GCSE A-E grades and 1-9 numbers depending on the year group, indicated below:

    Year 2015 - 16 2016 - 17
    7 Grade 1 - 5 Grade 1 - 5
    8 Grade 1 - 5 Grade 1 - 5
    9 Grade 1 - 9 Grade 1 - 9
    10 Grade 1-9 for English/Maths.  A-E all other subjects Grade 1 - 9
    11 A - E all subjects Grade 1-9 for English/Maths.  A-E all other subjects
    12 A - E all subjects A - E all subjects
    13 A - E all subjects A - E all subjects

    How do we respond to formal assessment?

    Subject areas moderate and quality assure the grades introduced onto the system – with whole school quality assurance to check consistency across subjects.  These assessment grades form a current attainment grade – which is used for comparison with a students’ target grade. This permits Curriculum and College Leaders to monitor and plan support strategies to ensure students are able to make or exceed their progress.  The current attainment grade and target grades are recorded on My Child at School and can be accessed at any time.

    Please see individual sheets for specific information about each year group.

    Year 7 Assessment | PDF

    Year 8 Assessment | PDF

    Year 9 Assessment | PDF

    Year 10 Assessment | PDF

    Year 11 Assessment | PDF

    Assessment Calendar at Stratford upon Avon School

    Assessment windows are accurate – specific dates may vary slightly, see School calendar for current information.

    Calendar Overview

    Year Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
    7 EMS All EMS All EMS End of Year Exam
    8 EMS All EMS All EMS End of Year Exam
    9 All All All All All PPE
    10 All All All All All PPE
    11 All All PPE All Exams Exams
    12 All All PPE All Exams Exams + Y13 Assessments
    13 All All PPE All Exams Exams

    EMS= English, Maths, Science; All= all subjects;  PPE= “mock exams”; Exams = external examinations

    Calendar Dates

    Year Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
    7 EMS
    19-23 Oct
    All
    30Nov-4Dec
    EMS
    8-12 Feb
    All
    7-11 Mar
    EMS
    9-13 May
    End of Year Exam
    4-8 July
    8 EMS
    19-23 Oct
    All
    30Nov-4Dec
    EMS
    8-12 Feb
    All
    7-11 Mar
    EMS
    9-13 May
    End of Year Exam
    4-8 July
    9 All
    19-23 Oct
    All
    30Nov-4Dec
    All
    8-12 Feb
    All
    7-11 Mar
    All
    9-13 May
    PPE
    13-21 June
    10 All
    19-23 Oct
    All
    30Nov-4Dec
    All
    8-12 Feb
    All
    7-11 Mar
    All
    9-13 May
    PPE
    4-12 July
    11 All
    19-23 Oct
    All
    30Nov-4Dec
    All
    8-12 Feb

    PPE

    6-17 Feb

    Exams Exams
    12 12-16 Oct All
     
    1-5 Feb All
    18-22 Apr
    Exams Exams + Y13 Assessments
    13 5-9 Oct All
     
    8-12 Feb All
    25-29 Apr
    Exams Exams

    EMS= English, Maths, Science; All= all subjects;  PPE= “mock exams”; Exams = external examinations

    For information about assessment grading please see Year group documents above.

     

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