At St Clement’s High School we use many different forms of assessment, the most frequently used being questioning and recall quizzes which take place in lessons. In the main these quizzes are a combination of questions linked to the students’ knowledge organisers (KS3) issued termly and cumulative knowledge acquired in the most recent sequence of lessons. In KS4 this questioning focuses on the analysis of and response to past paper questions (PPQs) from historic examination series. This improves student understanding of command words and question structure whilst reinforcing the necessary core knowledge.
In KS3 a variety of assessment methods are used in order to provide a professional judgement on where the pupils are in relation to KS3 expectations. These may take the form of end of 'topic' tests, health checks, extended writing tasks alongside independent work in books, retrieval and verbal responses. This judgement is reported to parents along with student ATL's. We participate in the Trust annual formal assessments which are held in classrooms during timetabled lessons. This supports our internal judgements and is part of the cross trust moderation process. All assessment dates can be found in the schools calendar.
At the end of Y10 students complete a full set of mock examinations within the sports hall under fully invigilated conditions to establish a current working GCSE grade. Further mock examinations and Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs) take place in the Autumn and Spring terms of Year 11 to inform progress, next steps and intervention support, before assessment concludes with the official GCSE examinations commencing from April.
Advice and guidance on how to prepare for assessments is regularly given by achievement leads, form tutors and class teachers with additional information for parents available via the schools website.