Assessment is an ongoing process that the teacher accumulates each day. However as we have small classes and each teacher is only responsible for a small group it is unnecessary to undertake the vast amount of written assessments that are required in state schools. Education should not be reduced to a process of ticking boxes – it is too subtle and complex for such an approach. The teacher carefully monitors educational basics such as reading, writing and maths with extra one to one tuition given where needed. At staff meetings each child is discussed in the broadest possible manner.
Parents are always kept informed as to how their child is progressing through discussions at the beginning or end of the school day and if necessary through evening phone conversations. However when we assess a child we always bear in mind that children develop in different areas at different speeds. Also children often progress in stages, reaching a plateau before they move on to a new level. Therefore none of our assessments are cast in stone. Often a subtle change in approach by the teacher can be enough to help the child move forwards.
Tests and Exams
The children do not sit SATS tests, however children aged 10 and above sit annual exams in all subjects. The exam papers are written by the school and are of a high academic standard. They are designed to be at once enjoyable and prepare the children for GCSE’s. Please visit the link below to see the exam papers for each subject as well as the children’s exam results. We think you might be amazed…
The main category of testing in primary years involves tests in all subjects but in the format of games such as quizzes and challenges – these are immensely popular and are also very helpful as revision exercises. Pupils in the secondary classes are tested at the end of each topic area.However as all lessons involve a considerable amount of discussion and hands on activity it is always possible to be aware of the levels of each child’s understanding.
Homework is given regularly and gradually increases as pupils rise through the classes. We always try to make sure that the homework is age appropriate and suitably challenging but that the amount of homework is never overwhelming. Children are also encouraged to continue at home their ongoing project work.