Reporting and Assessment

Tracking student progress is an important part of school life. Pupils are constantly assessed on an informal basis by their subject teachers and this is used to develop and guide future learning.

More formal assessments are delivered throughout the year at different times by each subject and these are used to report back to parents each term along with challenging ‘target grades’ designed to push students into reaching their full potential. These targets are based on SATs information from primary schools in Year 6.

In the summer term pupils will sit their end of year examinations as part of our “Exam Week”. These are the most formal and most important assessments of the year and give pupils the opportunity to ‘show off’ their learning, dedication and hard work. Homework will be replaced by revision during this extremely important time and pupils will receive guidance from each subject on revision techniques and topics specific to that subject along with more general advice.

Every subject studied at Dormston is part of a five year curriculum plan working towards a GCSE grade at the end of year 11 and therefore the grades you receive as parents are GCSE grades. These grades range from a 9 (roughly the top 3% of pupils nationally receive a grade 9) down to a grade 1. The government describes a grade 4 as a ‘Standard Pass’ and a grade 5 as a ‘Strong Pass’. Pupils that have not yet achieved a level on the GCSE scale will be given a ‘W’ or ‘working towards’ grade.

Alongside the subject specific progress of each pupil we award an ‘effort grade’. This is as simple as it sounds. Pupils are awarded a 1(outstanding), 2(good), 3(requires improvement) or 4(inadequate) for the effort they put into each subject they study. This is simply how hard the pupil is trying and is not linked to their academic achievement. House points are awarded for outstanding effort (5 points) and good effort (3 points) in each subject.

Each pupil will receive a written report in year 7, 9 and 11 alongside a ‘Parent Consultation Evening’. In years 8 and 10 there are two Parent Consultation Evenings.