Years 12 to 13

Guide to Sixth Form Assessment at TWGSB

The assessment summary letter sent home at each assessment point is an accurate reflection of what Sixth Form students have achieved in both their formal assessments and their wider work across the term. There are three assessment points throughout the year when grades will be reported. Depending on each individual subjects’ needs, students may be assessed on content from across the two-year course as academic research suggests that this type of assessment provides a clearer indication of their progress and develops the necessary skills for A Levels. Students will also receive one written formal report.

Sixth Form minimum targets are set based on prior GCSE performance, using an average point score and comparison to a national database via an external service called ALPS. At A Level students receive alphabetical grades (A*–E). The following summarises the information shown on each assessment letter.

Attainment Grade

This is reported as an A Level fine grade and is based on a student’s performance in the termly assessments and their academic performance. This comprises the whole grade (A*–E) plus a fine grade element (1, 2 and 3) as explained as follows:

  1. Excellent performance within this grade; likely to progress to the next grade soon.
  2. Secure performance within this grade.
  3. Insecure performance within this grade – this student may be at the bottom end of the grade boundary.

Attitude to Learning

This encompasses all aspects of the student’s commitment to learning, both in and out of class, and is graded as follows:

  1. Exceeding expectations. As with grade 2 below but work demonstrates effort that is clearly above and beyond that of their peers; contributions to class are insightful; behaviour is exemplary; student takes advantage of all additional opportunities (revision clinics etc.).
  2. Meeting expectations. Student meets the majority of deadlines; basic standards of organisation and presentation are met; quality of work is of a good standard and what would be expected of a grammar school student; behaviour and focus in lessons are consistently good, in line with the expected standard.
  3. Below expectations. Student regularly misses deadlines (both in and out of class); standards of organisation (bringing appropriate equipment, books etc.) and presentation are not met; quality/quantity of work is below the expected standard; there may be concerns about behaviour and punctuality (but not exclusively).

In addition, mock results will be included when sat, which will consist of raw marks and corresponding grades. Grade boundaries will be included to assist in interpreting the results.