Assessment and Accreditation
There is a comprehensive system of assessment, recording and reporting in the school that informs the planning process so that pupils’ progress can be effectively followed. As pupils enter school there is an initial assessment completed to assist in setting targets for the pupils’ Individual Education Plan. In their reception year, pupils complete a foundation profile, the results of which are conveyed to parents. All pupils are assessed using Bsquared, an online assessment tool that measures pupil progress on term-by-term basis and effectively measures the extent to which pupils have improved. The results of these assessments are used to compile whole-school targets for improvement.
Pupils have the opportunity to enter the SATs assessments, if appropriate. Often these assessments tell us very little of what our children can do, but they are useful for a small number of our pupils. There is also the opportunity for our Key Stage 4 students to complete modules of work and receive accreditation for these through an examination body. Decisions regarding other examinations are based upon a child’s individual needs or capabilities.
In Key Stages 1-3 staff collect examples of pupils work in their Record of Achievement, celebrating their successes in the school in each subject area of the National Curriculum. In the Early Years Foundation Stage class the pupils’ achievements are celebrated in their Learning Journeys, focusing on the seven strands of the EYFS curriculum. In Key Stage 4 and 5 there are a broad selection of qualifications that can be chosen to suit the needs of the individual, developing a bespoke timetable focus. Most of the coursework relates to developing skills for the future, vocational understanding or experience of work.
There are assemblies, broadly focused on Fundamental British Values and events that happen throughout the academic year. Each week pupils receive certificates that acknowledge their academic and personal achievements. On leaving the school students receive their Progress Profile as part of a presentation package.