Ormiston Park Academy aims to ensure a consistent approach to the way we review and assess learning so that students know their efforts in learning are valued. All students should know how well they are doing and how to make continued progress to guarantee the best possible outcome.
All feedback at Ormiston Park Academy provides detailed and personalised evaluation to aid future development. It is expected that in each subject studied, students will undertake six assessments throughout the academic year. This ensures that written feedback is provided to each class at least twice a half term, with further opportunities provided for peer and self-assessment throughout the year dependent on activities and work undertaken.
All feedback relates to lesson objectives and outcomes. Feedback is encouraging with specific praise focusing on knowledge or skills. It allows students to reflect and respond to specific targets to enable them to be stretched and challenged. As well as formal written feedback, other assessment strategies include: teacher assessment, self-assessment, and peer-assessment as well as individual and class verbal feedback.
Practical, project based subjects also provide regular assessment of students' work, providing guidance as students work on longer projects.
Students are assessed on entry to the academy to provide a baseline on ability in English, Maths and Science, as well as the CATs (Cognitive Ability Tests). Students are not set by ability in these subjects until later in the academic year, after students have had an opportunity to settle in and have completed at least two end topic assessments.
Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9, students will take part in summative assessment through end of topic assessments in each of their subjects. Teachers will mark these assessments, and use them to provide personalised feedback to students and next steps for progress.
These grades are then used to inform students reports, which are generated twice in the academic year and sent home to parents. Target Grades are the grades that students should be working towards achieving at the end of KS4. In Key Stage 3, our Progress grades relate to whether a student is on track to achieve their KS4 Target Grade, or if they are exceeding expectations. Needs improvement indicates if a student is not currently on track to achieve to target grade. Our reports will also provide feedback on behaviour for learning in lessons and the quality of their homework.
In Years 10 and 11, we provide three reports throughout the year instead of two.
Instead of a progress grade, we provide their recent assessment or mock exam grade in addition to their predicted grade for each subject. The predicted grade is the grade that the class teacher and head of subject feels the student is most likely to achieve in their end of KS4 results. Class teachers and Heads of Subject use assessment and mock grades, coursework (if application) homework and progress over time as a basis for their professional judgment when providing each student’s predicted grades. Students and parents/carers should be aware that when providing references to colleges, apprenticeship provers and sixth forms, we have a responsibility to accurately provide the predicted grades from student reports. Should you have any questions regarding your child’s reports, please contact Ms Thacker at [email protected].