Assessment

Progress Reports

At Carr Manor Community School, we believe effective communication about progress is crucial to our team ethos, so at the end of each half term parents and carers will receive a paper copy of their child’s progress report.

As pupils are assessed throughout the year, this report will set out the following information for each subject they study:

  • How much progress they have made
  • How much effort they are putting into their lessons and Flexible Learning opportunities
  • How resilient they are when facing challenges
  • The level of independence they show

In addition, other data will be provided on the progress report as it becomes available, including examination results, reading age scores, Flexible Learning project scores, and teacher assessments.

As part of our commitment to being partners in learning, the Progress Report is discussed by each child and their coach and they set targets together for the following half term. The content of the report also forms the basis for conversations at Meet Your Coach Days.

Good progress is also rewarded at the end of each full term, with assemblies celebrating success. Certificates are presented to pupils demonstrating outstanding Character for Learning attributes such as confidence, resilience, and motivation. Recognition is also given for 100% attendance.

Age-related expectations (Year 7 and 8 assessment)

Twice each year, pupils in Year 7 and Year 8 will receive an assessment report following midterm and final examinations. These detailed reports highlight strengths and areas for improvement in each subject. For more information, click here. The video below explains how these reports work:

Examinations and Grading

The way examinations are sat and graded will change from this year.

Two-year GCSE courses were introduced in English Literature, English Language, and Mathematics from September 2015, and in the sciences, History and Geography, and Modern Foreign Languages from September 2016.

A new grading scale that uses the numbers 1–9 to identify levels of performance (with 9 being the top level) will also be introduced when examinations are sat at the end of the course.

The first assessment of the new two-year GCSE courses that started in September 2015 were in June 2017. The subjects that adopt these changes from September 2016 will be assessed first in June 2018.

These examinations will be linear GCSEs, with assessment to be taken at the end of the course in June. There will be re-sit opportunities in November for English Language and Mathematics only.

Pupils will be assessed by external exam only, except where non-exam assessment is the only way to provide valid assessment of the skills required. English Literature, English Language, and Mathematics will be externally assessed.

Examinations will only be split into foundation and higher tiers in certain subjects, including Mathematics. English Literature and English Language will be untiered.

For details on changes to assessment for current Year 10 pupils, click here.

For details on changes to assessment for current Year 9 pupils, click here.