KS3 Assessments

At the beginning of each unit of work, pupils will receive a Knowledge Organiser which they can use to self-quiz and learn the expected knowledge. All subjects will assess students regularly and effectively to identify gaps and fill them using low stake tests based on interleaving and retrieval practice.

Students will also sit formal assessments in all subjects. These happen twice a year in Year 7 and 8 and three times a year in Year 9. The dates of these Assessment Fortnights are shown below. The results of these assessments, together with the teacher assessed grade, and an outline of how your child can improve, will be reported home three times a year, as the dates below show.

In our KS3, all subjects have an overlapping pathway approach which challenges all students to achieve their maximum, whatever their prior attainment. Each subject has a Progress Ladder that supports assessment judgements that links into clear assessment criteria. We use the following system:

1 = Exceeding expected progress
2 = Making expected progress
3 = Below expected progress
4 = Cause for concern

Year 7 Assessment Calendar:

Who should I contact if I need to discuss my child’s progress?

  • Mr J Hethrington – Year 7 Learning Leader
  • Curriculum Leader
  • Senior Leadership Team:
    Mr I Young – Principal
    Mr I Murphy – Vice Principal
    Mrs S Wheelock – Senior Director Curriculum and Assessment

Year 8 Assessment Calendar:

Who should I contact if I need to discuss my child’s progress?

  • Mr R Stow – Year 9 Learning Leader
  • Curriculum Leader
  • Senior Leadership Team:
    Mr I Young – Principal
    Mr I Murphy – Vice Principal
    Mrs S Wheelock – Senior Director Curriculum and Assessment

Year 9 Assessment Calendar

Who should I contact if I need to discuss my child’s progress?

  • Mr A Skerry – Year 9 Learning Leader
  • Curriculum Leader
  • Senior Leadership Team:
    Mr I Young – Principal
    Mr I Murphy – Vice Principal
    Mrs S Wheelock – Senior Director Curriculum and Assessment