Testing and Report Policy

Ashbourne teachers continually monitor and reassess the current working grades and target grades of students.

Students are formally assessed every half term (autumn and spring term) in any of the following ways:

A. Mock test
B. Coursework draft review
C. Practical assessment (art)
D. Controlled assessment

Ashbourne teachers aim to maximise students’ grade performance and therefore assessments will always take into consideration assessment objectives and/or past paper questions. Ashbourne teachers realise there is a significant difference between subject knowledge and knowledge required to obtaining examination marks under timed conditions.

Ashbourne will provide feedback to parents about student progress four times per year: October, December, February and March.

Working Grade and Target Grade
Please refer to the Grades and Definitions document for a full description. In general the working grade will be the most important performance indicator for parents.

Report Writing and Communication to Parents
Tutors reports and feedback during parents evening should include the following:

1) Highlights of students positive achievements.
2) Identification of any areas of concern.
3) Clear instructions on how to improve upon areas of concern, for example using the SMART objective guide: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, timeframe.

Entry into GCSE and A2 at Ashbourne
A reminder that the following grades expectations are required for students to enter GCSE and A2 respectively.

GCSE to AS level – minimum 6Bs for GCSE examinations
AS to A2 level – minimum 3Cs for AS examinations

If you have any concerns about this, please do not hesitate to contact Lee Kirby, Director of Studies.

Authorised by The Principal
Date October 2017
Effective date of the policy October 2017
Circulation Teaching staff / all staff / parents / Students on request
Review date June 2018