Assessment and Reporting
The School employs a system of baseline testing originating from the University of Durham, in the UK. All of the secondary school students are assessed using this system, in an effort to establish their true potential. The data collected is used to determine the extent to which the School is adding value to each child’s performance.
As students progress through the academic year, their teachers assess their progress through marking of their classwork, homework and tests. The aim of such frequent and regular assessment is to recognise student’s progress and diagnose their difficulties.
At the end of course units and the end of the academic year, teachers assess students’ overall progress. This can be through classwork or, more likely, through tests. Summative assessment allows us to evaluate the progress that each student has made.
The main purpose of all of our assessment is to ensure that our students know where they stand in all of their subjects, know what steps they should take to improve in all of their subjects and are absolutely clear about where they are going in all of their subjects. Therefore, our teachers discuss assessment and progress with their students frequently.
In addition, our assessment procedures ensure that parents are aware of their child’s progress. Thus, they are in a strong position to plan for their child’s educational future.
At the BOS we believe that effective communication is the cornerstone of a constructive partnership between the School and parents. Therefore, a range of communication channels have been created to allow the smooth flow of information from school to home and from home to school.
We recognise that communication is a process and as such requires individuals to listen as well as to speak; to understand as well as to hear and to feedback responses and questions as part of the dialogue. Therefore, the School’s communication policy is an attempt to integrate these ideas.
Informal Teacher Meetings
If parents have any general concerns about the progress their child is making they should not hesitate to get in touch with the Form Tutor. If they have concerns about a specific subject they should arrange an appointment with the teacher concerned – via the Form Tutor.
Assemblies and Coffee Mornings
During the course of the year the parents of each year group will be invited to an assembly. The theme of which will be related to issues facing students of that year group.
The assembly is followed by a coffee morning, hosted by the principal and form tutor. These usually involve a presentation and discussion relevant to the specific year group.
Parents are given the opportunity to attend formal parent consultations during the year in order to meet all of their child’s subject teachers.
Ad Hoc Parents’ Meetings
From time to time the School will invite parents to ad hoc meetings or briefings regarding issues affecting their children’s education. These are likely to include parent orientation meetings at the beginning of the new academic year, briefings regarding assessments, workshops on school policy changes, etc.
Effort and Attainment Grades and Transcripts
On a regular cycle, determined by the Head of Secondary, we report on every student’s level of Effort and Attainment across the whole curriculum. The Form Teacher reviews the grades with each student on an individual basis and a copy is sent home to parents.
In the context of our broad philosophy, we view ‘Effort’ as an indicator of development and ‘Attainment’ as an indicator of academic progress. If ‘Effort’ grades are low we would be expecting an improved attitude from the student. If ‘Attainment’ grades are low we will be encouraging the student to seek additional help from their teachers.
For parents and students the Effort and Attainment Grades document provides a record of the individual’s progress throughout the academic year. The document should be interpreted as a transcript with all concerned looking for trends more than blips.
At the end of the academic year we prepare a comprehensive report for each student. This is a summary of the progress they have made during the year and is informed by ongoing assessment, the various formal assessments and the internal examinations that are taken during the year.