Assessment, Reporting and Tracking Cycle

Knowing our students

At Wilmslow High School we believe in a ‘whole’ education for our students. This includes studying both the formal and the wider curriculum. It also involves knowing the ‘whole’ of our students including both their personal and academic potential.

This section of the website refers to how we know the academic potential of our students.

 How can you be sure that we know your son or daughter?

Over the last few years we have invested time and money into our assessment and tracking systems to ensure that we can track the progress of our students from Year 6, before they join us, to the end of Year 13.

Because our tracking systems include every student in the school you can be reassured that no student falls ‘under the radar.’

We look at the progress of our students in the following ways:

  • Curriculum teams looking at the progress of students in their subject
  • Whole school teams, such as Student Services and the Learning Support team, looking at the progress of students in each year group

Who is keeping an eye of the progress of your son or daughter?

Tracking information is shared with the following staff who can all therefore keep an eye on the progress of your child:

  • Your son or daughter’s form tutor
  • Your son or daughter’s Head of House (or the Director of Sixth Form)
  • The deputy head teacher
  • If your son or daughter is in one of the following ‘key’ groups a further member of staff may also be keeping an eye on their progress

Key groups

  • Students with a Special Education Need
  • Students with low or very high prior attainment from primary school (or from GCSE performance if the student is in our Sixth Form)
  • Students with medical, emotional or behavioural needs
  • Students with attendance below 90%
  • Students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding
  • Students who are underperforming

How often will I receive feedback on my son or daughter’s progress and what will this look like?

 Key Stage 3

 In line with the most recent thinking in assessment practice, we assess our students in key stage 3 twice, in midyear (January/ February) and end of year (June/ July) summative assessments.

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In addition, we ensure that we are in termly contact with parents through one or more of the following:

  • An expectations evening
  • An assessment certificate
  • A parents evening
  • A report
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 7 Transition Test assessments Midyear assessment End of year assessment
Expectations Evening Parents Evening Report
Assessment Certificate Assessment Certificate
Year 8 Expectations Evening Midyear assessment End of year assessment
Parents Evening Report
Assessment Certificate
Year 9 Midyear assessment End of year assessment
Expectations Evening Course Choices Evening Report
Parents Evening Assessment Certificate

Key Stage 4

 Exam practice is important in preparing students for success at GCSE; therefore there are 5 mock examination opportunities across key stage 4:

  • Mock examination 1: December of Year 10
  • Mock examination 2: June of Year 10
  • Mock examination 3: December of Year 11
  • Mock examination 4 (selected subjects only): February of Year 11
  • Mock examination 5 (selected subjects only): March/ April of Year 11

In addition, we ensure that we are in termly contact with parents through one or more of the following:

  • An expectations evening
  • An assessment certificate
  • A parents evening
  • A report
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 10 Mock examination 1 Assessment Certificate Mock examination 2
Expectations Evening Parents Evening
Report
Year 11 Mock examination 3

Mock examination 4

(selected subjects only)

Mock examination 5

(selected subjects only)

Expectations Evening Assessment Certificate
Report Results Evening
Parents Evening

Key Stage 5

 Exam practice is important in preparing students for success at A Level; therefore there are 3 mock examination opportunities across key stage 5. In addition to this, many of our A Level students take the opportunity to prepare for their examinations by using our Exam Thursday sessions which provide the opportunity for students to practise completing exam papers in an exam setting:

  • Mock examination 1: January of Year 12
  • Mock examination 2: July of Year 12
  • Mock examination 3: January of Year 13

In addition, we ensure that we are in termly contact with parents through one or more of the following:

  • An expectations evening
  • An assessment certificate
  • A parents evening
  • A report
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 12 Expectations Evening Mock examination 1 Mock examination 2
Assessment Certificate Report
Parents Evening
Year 13 Parents Evening Mock examination 3 Examinations
Assessment Certificate Report

What information does each of these give to parents?

  • An expectations evening
  • An assessment certificate
  • A parents evening
  • A report

Expectations Evenings

At Wilmslow High School we are proud of the thought that we put into teaching, learning and assessment to ensure that we get it right for our students. In recognition of our expertise in this area, a number of our teachers speak at national conferences on high quality teaching, learning and assessment.

Expectations Evenings provide an opportunity at the start of each academic year to share with our parents the teaching, learning and assessment plans that we have in place for each year group. At a time of rapid change in education these are important in ensuring that our parents are updated and informed.

Assessment certificates

Assessment certificates contain assessment information on your son or daughter. In key stage 3 this will take the form of standardised scores (or S Scores). In key stages 4 and 5 this will take the form of projected grades.

Parents Evenings

Parents Evenings provide the opportunity for you to get feedback from your son or daughter’s teachers about the progress that they are making.

Reports

Reports provide a range of information including:

  • An assessment certificate
  • Key learning targets and learner foci for your son or daughter selected by their subject teachers
  • A comment on the personal development of your son or daughter written by their form tutor

How will I know if my child is falling behind?

  1. Keep an eye on your son or daughter’s Wilmslow Way points. We use Wilmslow Way points across Year 7-13 to flag up learning concerns. Any day-to-day learning concerns that we have are reported using behaviour and learning points
  2. After any summative assessment we review all students’ progress through subjects and across year groups. This allows us to identify any students who are underperforming. Where we are concerned about this we will contact parents to agree on ways forward to address the issues.

What support is provided if my child is falling behind?

There are a wide range of actions that we take to support students who are underperforming based on the age of the student and the nature of the underperformance.

If you feel that your son or daughter would benefit from extra support you should contact one of the following staff:

 Remember that we are putting in place a personalised plan for each of our Year 11 students as they prepare for their summer examinations. This plan contains the name of the member of staff that you should contact with any concerns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Us

 

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Wilmslow High school is proud to be a strong, happy and caring community in which students and staff can flourish.

 

The following are important to us:

 

  • We are committed to the pursuit of excellence for every student, every day.

 

  • We are proud of our status as Wilmslow’s only state maintained secondary school, and we are committed to working closely with our partner primary schools to provide a high quality education for the young people of Wilmslow.

 

  • Although we are a large, and significantly oversubscribed, school we believe in knowing each of our students well, both in terms of their personal and their academic potential. We are therefore proud of the outcomes that our students achieve across the ‘whole’ of their education and the ambitions that they go on to achieve.

 

  • We believe in a ‘whole’ education for each of our students that includes the Formal and the Wider Curriculum. Further details of our curriculum can be found HERE.

 

  • We are keen to pursue excellence in a number of fields, scholastic, sporting and creative; we are therefore very proud both to be performing significantly above average at GCSE and A Level (2017), and to be ranked as the 6th best sporting state school in the country in 2017.

 

  • We believe that one of our strengths is our wide range of highly qualified and experienced subject specialist staff.

 

  • We care greatly about providing a valuable and powerful education for our young people, and we therefore think deeply about our teaching, learning and assessment.
  • We are extremely proud of our students and their commitment to the Wilmslow Way. Wilmslow High School students are polite, tolerant and conscientious and they make our school a pleasure to work in.