In all years, students are assessed formally by internal assessments/exams that are administered by subject staff in classrooms (except for Years 11, 12 and 13 where they will be in the Hall and Gym and Hall and Gym for other year groups in the summer term). In every subject, students will take a minimum of 3 assessments every year (one assessment per term). The results from these assessments are used to inform the level that students are currently working at.
In Year 9, students begin their GCSE courses. These are linear with all written exams taking place at the end of Year 11. NEA (Non-Examination Assessment) has replaced coursework and controlled assessment in the majority of subjects. The number of NEA components varies between subjects (some have none, others have one or more). Students prepare for the NEA under the guidance of their subject teachers. This preparation time might extend to several lessons. The actual NEA will usually be completed on a fixed day and will be done under examination conditions. Students will be informed of the dates for their NEA in advance and should be aware that they may be disadvantaged if they do not attend school on that date.
Students studying a BTEC course will take an external examination in addition to completing various units.
In all years, internal assessments are administered at least 3 times per year and are used to inform the grades that students are currently working at.
Please refer to the links for each year group for further details.