The purpose of assessment is to ensure students in each year group understand whether they are making expected progress in a subject and know what they need to do to improve. As subject specialists, each department has its own carefully considered approach to assessment and these are captured in the information on individual subjects below. All teachers are expected to:

 Use formative assessment to provide regular feedback to students so they are clear on how to improve in each lesson and use this information to inform teaching. Where appropriate, they should use summative assessment to make an accurate and informed judgement about students’ progress at a maximum of three points during the academic year.

 Use a range of questioning techniques to check students’ understanding and to identify and correct any mistakes.

 Help students to plan, organise and review their work, including responses to summative assessment. Ensure the students know what they need to revise for any assessment or exam and that they know how to revise effectively for this subject and provide regular opportunities to use and develop retrieval strategies.

There will be up to three points in each year where we assess the students more formally. The results of these assessments will form the basis of what we report to parents and carers, along with an engagement level, a behaviour level and a contribute level. In Years 10 and 11, students will receive a Target Grade based on FFT20 that has been set to reflect that we are a high performing school and that students at SMRT generally do better than similar students in similar schools nationally. Current grades and predicted grades will have fine levels, e.g. in Geography, for example, a student may currently be on a grade 5 (meaning they are a ‘solid’ 5) or they could be on a 5- (meaning they are just about achieving a 5, but they will have to work hard to get it) or they may be on a 5+ (meaning that they could push themselves up to a grade 6 with hard work). Target Grades are given as ‘whole’ grades only.

Each time we these assessments take place, the data is analysed by the School Leadership Team and appropriate interventions are then put in place to support students, either through the Pastoral team (led by Mr Shaw), through the Achievement Interventions team (led by Ms. Cottell), the Learning Support team (led by Mr Thomas-White) or through individual subjects (overseen by Mr Taylor). The provisional key dates for the coming year are below:

Year 10
Autumn gradesheet - Wed 20 October 2021
Spring gradesheet - Wed 9 March 2022
Parent/carers evenings* - Wed 5 May 2022
Internal exams - Fri 1 July 2022
Summer gradesheet - Thurs 14 July 2022


Year 11
Mock exams - Mon 1 November to Fri 12 November 2021
Autumn gradesheet - Wed 24 November 2021
Parent/carers evenings* - Tues 7 and Thurs 9 December 2021
Spring gradesheet - Wed 6 April 2022

* Parent/carers evenings may be held remotely, depending on the level of virus at the time.


Year 11 Assessments in February and March 2022

On 7 February the Government is due to release the definitive information about your GCSE exams in the summer. In order to make sure that you are really well prepared for the exams, over the next couple of months you will be having assessments in many of your subjects. This won't be a formal round of mocks but is instead an opportunity for teachers to assess the progress you have made since the mocks in the light of the information from the government and to make sure that you get the right kind of support in the run up to the real exams in the summer.


These assessments will take place in normal lessons and your individual subject teachers will let you know when you will have your assessment, what the assessment will be about and what you need to revise. If you have an Access Arrangement such as extra time or a small room, your subject teacher will work with Learning Support to make sure this is put in place. Most of the assessments will take place in the two weeks either side of the half term, but some may be a couple of days earlier or later than that. In Combined and Separate Science, the plan is wait until the end of March.

If you have any questions about how these assessments will work, ask your subject teacher in the first instance or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will put you in touch with the right person to help you

Outside of these dates, we welcome contact from parents and carers. If you are concerned about your child's progress in a particular subject you should contact the relevant subject teacher in the first instance. If your concerns are across a range of subjects you should contact their form tutor.


Assessment in each Subject

Click on a subject below to find detailed information about how we measure progress and feedback to students in books, in class and for homework.



ArtBusiness StudiesComputingDrama 

DT Product DesignEnglishFood Preparation and NutritionGeographyHealth and Social Care

HistoryMathematicsMedia StudiesModern Foreign LanguagesMusic 

PhotographyPhysical EducationReligious EducationScience