Assessment and Reporting

Assessment can help teachers to find out how well pupils are learning, how efficiently lessons are being taught and how appropriate teaching materials are.  Pupil work is assessed on a continuous basis. This means that class teachers build up information about pupil progress using a variety of methods.

As well as using tests, teachers use formative assessment strategies such as: using open ended questions, giving appropriate thinking time to answer, using traffic lights to identify difficulties. Learning intentions are shared at the beginning of each lesson and completed outcomes discussed at the end. Teachers also share the success criteria for each task. This means they explain how the work will be marked and what is expected of pupils.  Pupils are encouraged to discuss and assess each other’s work to provide support and help with understanding.

Parents have the opportunity to find out about their child’s learning through a range of means:

  • Parent Consultation Evenings
  • On-going discussion with teachers
  • Information Evenings
  • Reports
  • Target Setting Letters
  • Folios of work
  • Learning logs

Pupil Summary Reports are sent home to parents and you have an opportunity to comment on these.  Our school calendar outlines key assessment and reporting deadlines for each year group.  In addition, parents are welcome to contact the school at any time to ask for information or for an appointment to consult with the Principal Teacher or Depute Head of House.

At the end of their broad general education, all students complete a learning profile which includes information on how pupils develop skills for learning, life and work, including literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in and out of the classroom.  This helps them to prepare a learning pathway for the Senior Phase. In the Senior Phase, students develop and maintain a further profile to assist them in making a successful transition from school into higher and further education, training and employment.

Key reporting and assessment dates are shown on our school calendar - this can be viewed on this website from the tab on the home page.