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Assessment and Feedback at Farlingaye High School


Assessment plays a key role in students' learning at Farlingaye. The feedback given to the students plays a vital role in their future learning. To support this we have a clear, whole school marking and feedback polcy. The full policy can be viewed in the 'School Policies' Section of the website.

The key features are as follows.

Feedback stamps used at Farlingaye

  • Assessment and marking should be a dialogue between students and the teacher.
  • Key pieces of work are marked leading to a clear indication of the strenghts and areas for improvement (even better if)

  • A response from the student is expected and time in lessons is planned to allow for this.


In order to support this dialogue all teachers use a triple stamper with the headings. This enables students to see clearly the outcomes and expectations of the assessment.


There are three main types of assessment carried out within school.

  • Class activities - some activities are set up to enable the teacher to assess progress and help them to plan future lessons. This can be done through a range of activities such as group activities, lesson starters, practicals and homework tasks or an individual piece of work.
  • Tests - some subjects may set tests regularly through the year, for example, at the end of each unit of work. The results of these tests are used to check on understanding and monitor progress as well as help in the planning of the next few lessons.

All students also take an End of Year Test around June. These results show how well a course has been understood also help to prepare them for their GCSE and A level exams in the future.

  • Reports - in each year a student receives four reports. These give a regular summary of progress which enable parents / carers to see how well their child is progressing and support them if needed. The reports also allow heads of subjects and heads of year to track each student's progress and keep at look out for underachievement.

All assessments are regularly checked either against target grades or prior attainment to make sure that all students are making good progress.  The targets are arrived at from a combination of analysis of past performance, national comparisons and discussion with the student and their teachers.  They give a good indication of what the student is capable of achieving if they work well in the subject.

Reporting Assessment

Assessment is reported and analysed in a whole variety of ways using grades and marks. The following table aims to help you interpret some of these values.


Possible Marks / Grades


CAT (Cognitive Abilitiy Tests)

Range from 66 to 141

National Average = 100

School Average is about 101

The CATs give a standardised score for verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and spatial reasoning and also a mean score.  This allows us to identify any bias and support students accordingly.  After each CAT session, parents will receive an individual report on their child's results.

NC Levels



B3 - working below level 3











Expected level at end of key stage 2




An average student at the end of year 7




An average student at the end of year 8




An average student at the end of year 9






An able student at the end of year 9






An exceptional student working above key stage 3 requirements

KS4 Report grades

A to G in line with GCSE results

These are used to show the target grade and the current attainment grade. This is that grade that the teacher would expect them to get if they continue to work as they are. This basically means that for a student performing to expectation, the current attainment grade should be in line with their target grade  (or no more than one grade below)

Other Report Grades

Grades 1 to 5

1 - excellent

2 - good

3 - quite good, but not consistently

4 - erratic and disappointing

5 - very poor

These grades are given for a variety of criteria in the reports.

They are also used as effort grades for when teachers mark homework. An effort of 1 will automatically earn a stamp.

Mean GCSE Points Score

Each GCSE grade is given a value with A* =58, A=52, B=46, C=40, D=34, E=28, F=22 and G=16.

This value is a good indicator of post 16 exam performance and is the basis of our target grades.

KS5 Report Grades

These are AS or A2 grades from A to E

These are used in reports for target grades, potential grades and current attainment grades.

Again you would want the current attainment grade to in line with the target grade or within 1 grade of it.

We consider reports and any assessment to be simply part of a dialogue between staff, students and parents. We therefore encourage parents to contact the school if they have a query or a comment regarding any assessment made.