Key Stage 3
The focus of all assessment at Woodham Academy is to give staff and students information on what students are currently doing well and what they need to do to improve. For formal assessments students will receive information in the format of What Went Well (WWW) and Even Better If (EBI). Your child will sit 2 sets of formal assessments in each academic year.
These formal assessments will take place in the classroom, during normal timetabled lessons and over a 2 or 3-week period. Students will receive a calendar of assessments, so they know what assessments they have and when. Information about the assessments, together with revision resources, will be available on the website. This will allow parents to support their children and help them prepare.
Following a formal assessment at Key Stage 3, you will receive two pieces of information for each subject about your child:
1) A band showing to how your child is performing based on age related expectations.
Students will be placed in a band depending on their performance against age related expectations. The bands are as follows:
Exceeding = Your child is exceeding in this subject and is well above age related expectations. (Approximately the top 10% of the year group)
Above = Your child is working above age related expectations. (Approximately the next 20% of the year group)
Working At = Your child is working at age related expectations. (Approximately the middle 40% of the year group)
Working Towards = Your child is working towards being at age related expectations. (Approximately the next 20% of the year group)
Below = Your child is below age related expectations. (Approximately the final 10% of the year group)
We will use staff expertise, comparable assessments, and the cohort’s entry pattern to ensure that students are placed in the most appropriate band for their current attainment levels.
2) An effort grade for your child.
Effort grades are given on a 1-5 scale by classroom teachers, with 1 being the highest. These grades will be communicated to parents/carers through the Arbor app.
As well as the information above, following formal assessments, you will also have an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress at our parents’ evenings. These happen once per school year. However, we would encourage parents who have a concern, or question, regarding their child’s progress, to get in touch with the school at the earliest opportunity.
In addition to the formal assessments, students may have other assessments throughout the academic year. These will be used at the discretion of the class teacher to check for understanding, address any misconceptions, and to assess end of unit topics.
Following formal assessments, some students will be identified for presentation with a certificate to recognise progress, effort and attitude to learning. If a student is identified as underachieving, intervention will be put in place by either the Head of Learning or class teacher.