Assessment and Reporting

KS3 Assessment and Reporting

At St Catherine’s School, we see assessment as an essential part of teaching and learning which is inextricably linked to our curriculum. Students receive three reports from the school during the course of the academic year. We request that parents take time discussing each report with their daughter to praise the positive achievements and recognise any areas for development.

On every report we identify Habits of Learning which define what an excellent student at St Catherine’s does to ensure she makes the most of every learning opportunity. These are graded one to four with the most outstanding students awarded a one (green) and four being inadequate (red). These include:

  • Maintaining positive working relationships with class teachers and students
  • Settling to work promptly with no time wasted
  • Completing classwork with care taken over presentation and organisation
  • Maintaining concentration and applying herself to tasks independently
  • Always willing to try, even if the task or objective seems challenging
  • Consistently completing homework to a high standard and meeting deadlines
  • Acting on feedback regularly which leads to improvements in subsequent work
  • Showing curiosity/interest in her learning
  • Showing evidence of revision for assessments and preparatory work for learning

The report includes a table of your daughter’s subjects, her teachers and her most recent assessment result as a percentage in her latest assessment. This will show how she is progressing academically in all her subjects, and allow you and your daughter to identify where she has strengths and areas for development.

KS4 Assessment and Reporting

At Key Stage 4, your daughter will undertake a GCSE course leading to public examinations in a range of subjects, including the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and Religious Studies. PSHE is also taught during an extended form period.

The progress of KS4 students at St Catherine’s is monitored through a variety of assessment methods. These include formal tests and exams, informal tests, and teacher assessment. There are three assessment points each academic year when your daughter’s progress is recorded and this is communicated to you via her report. Regular assessment enables us to measure your daughter’s progress towards her expected outcomes and to put intervention in place where required. 

We will provide you with the following assessment information in each academic year:

Target Grades

This is what your daughter could achieve in each subject based on prior data. Target grades are only a benchmark; we expect all of our students to meet or exceed their target grades.

Predicted Grades

This is the current final grade we predict your daughter to achieve based on all the information we have currently. Of course, this can advance with the more progress your daughter makes.

Attainment Grades

This is the grade your child has performed at over the last term and is their current working at grade. This is based on GCSE grades. It is useful to compare the attainment grade to the target grade and look for progress from one report to another.

Additionally, on every report we identify Habits of Learning which define what an excellent student at St Catherine’s does to ensure she makes the most of every learning opportunity. These are graded one to four with the most outstanding students awarded a one (green) and four being inadequate (red). These include:

  • Maintaining positive working relationships with class teachers and students
  • Settling to work promptly with no time wasted
  • Completing classwork with care taken over presentation and organisation
  • Maintaining concentration and applying herself to tasks independently
  • Always willing to try, even if the task or objective seems challenging
  • Consistently completing homework to a high standard and meeting deadlines
  • Acting on feedback regularly which leads to improvements in subsequent work
  • Showing curiosity/interest in her learning
  • Showing evidence of revision for assessments and preparatory work for learning

The report includes a table of your daughter’s subjects, her teachers and her most recent assessment result as a percentage in her latest assessment. This will show how she is progressing academically in all her subjects, and allow you and your daughter to identify where she has strengths and areas for development.