We use MidYIS, Yellis and ALIS baseline tests and value added data to assess our students and to measure their academic progress against their raw ability. The CEM Centre at Durham University provides us with national data and is an officially recognised Educational Research Unit.
All pupils sit a raw ability test at the start of the academic year in Years 7, 8, 10 and L6. The feedback we receive enables us to set realistic, yet challenging targets for our pupils. We have a monthly assessment system in which staff review students’ progress in terms of meeting their target grades.
The CEM Centre also provides value added data on a school-wide, department-wide and individual pupil level. This allows the Director of Studies to compare our teaching and our pupils’ progress against the teaching and progress in other schools. Our aim is for every pupil in the school to achieve better than expected results.