24th October 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
At the end of the first half term we would like to draw your attention to some important academic points in the coming half term.
During the week of the 11th November students in KS3 will sit assessments in their academic subjects. These will occur during lesson time and teachers will use information gained from these to help inform their future planning. They will highlight areas students understand well and topics which may need recapping or skills which may need practising further.
Assessment is part of normal everyday teaching and so these assessments are nothing for students to worry about. Students will be expected to review material for the assessments during prep time the week prior to the assessments and therefore will not be given any additional prep during that time. They should use these lower school assessment times as an opportunity to practise revision techniques so they are well aware of strategies that work for them by the time they sit their GCSE examinations in the Shell year. Please reiterate this message at home and reassure your daughter that information gained during these assessments about your daughter’s understanding can only be of benefit.
In addition to this we would like to tell you that we are in the process of overhauling the assessment and reporting system for KS3 in order to improve the clarity of attainment grades. This will involve attainment grades being linked to a detailed description on a subject by subject basis in order to make clearer what students are currently able to do and where they need to focus their attention in order to make further progress. You may notice work in some departments is starting to be assessed in this way. Detailed attainment descriptors in every subject will be available at the start of the Hilary term when all reporting will be carried out in this way.
We look forward to welcoming the girls back refreshed and rested after half term,