Assessment at The Stonehenge School

Key stage 3

From September 2014 the Secretary of State has decided that the previous system of national curriculum levels were no longer a requirement.

We have therefore developed our own formative approach to KS3 assessment which means that students are able to receive feedback on each of the key skills that they will need in order to progress onto being secure in key aspects of knowledge before their GCSE studies. The system uses a series of statements for each subjects that are written as ‘I can’ statements. For example in English they may have the statement ‘I can use interesting vocabulary’.

During Key Stage 3 students are assessed against their ability to demonstrate certain skills in each subject. For each subject a student will be asked to demonstrate each skill in the work they complete over a period of time and then the teacher assesses how well that skill has been demonstrated, using the following four key words: emerging, developing, secured and mastered. Each of these key words mean the following:


Emerging: there is some evidence that the student has demonstrated this skill, but not with any confidence.

Developing: there is evidence of the student demonstrating this skill on a more regular basis, but not always correctly.

Secured: there is evidence that the student is demonstrating this skill correctly and on a regular basis.

Mastered: there is evidence that this students is demonstrating this skill correctly, with minimal support or intervention from the teacher.

Trackpoint and Data Analysis

Within Year 7, 8 and 9 parents/guardians/carers will receive 3 reports a year. The teacher will report on progress within the subject using the method described above. The report will also include and Attitude to Learning grades that reflect their effort in class and HW.

In Year 10 and 11 parents/guardians/carers will receive 6 reports a year (5 in Year 11). The teacher will report on predicted grade within the subject. The report will also include behaviour and homework grades.