Assessment & Reporting
At Whitmore, the progress of every student is regularly and rigorously monitored, and reported formally to parents three times per year.
Parents are invited to attend an annual Parents' Consultation Evening to discuss the progress of their child with his or her Form Tutor and subject teachers. In addition, all students attend a Review Day in the Autumn Term to discuss academic progress and set personalised learning targets.
Homework effort grades
Throughout the school, effort in homework is graded on a scale from -2 (cause for concern) to +2 (excellent). Parents are alerted by email or text message if there is a problem with their child's homework.
Years 7 & 8
In the lower school, students are assessed using levels not dissimilar to the former National Curriculum levels. Students' work is marked regularly and carefully, and all students are given frequent opportunities to respond to feedback and improve their work. A brief guide to the assessment levels we use at Whitmore can be found below.
GCSE, AS and A level
From Year 9 upwards, students are preparing for public examinations. As a result, work is assessed using GCSE or A level grades. At GCSE, these may be grades A*-G, or - for newer courses - grades 9-1. At AS and A level, work is graded at A*-E.
As in the lower school, work is marked according to a rigorous assessment policy, giving students regular opportunities to respond to feedback and to improve their work.