At Fairfield High School for Girls, pupils understand that assessment is an essential part of their learning. Pupils are assessed, both informally and formally, throughout their study to inform them, their parents/carers and their teachers of what they have understood and remembered well and what skills or content might need further practice or support. The preparation that pupils undertake for formal assessments, from Year 7 onwards, and taking the assessments themselves is a valuable learning experience which supports pupils’ long-term memory. Teacher analysis and feedback informs pupils of their next steps and helps teachers to adapt the curriculum and individual lessons to respond to strengths and areas for development that are identified.
Pupils are supported to prepare for formal assessments through a structured package of revision support in subject areas and our Successful Learner Programme. Revision advice and resources can be found in the Revision Support section of our website.
GCSE examinations are taken at the end of Year 11 by all pupils. Pupils who study BTEC or Cambridge National courses may also take external examinations during Year 10 and 11 or complete practical examinations depending on the subject. For all externally assessed examinations, it is vital that pupils and their parents/carers read and understand the Information for Candidates documents published by the exams regulator, JCQ. Pupils in Year 10 and 11 should familiarise themselves with the regulations of external examination and are supported with this throughout Year 10 and 11 through mock examinations which are conducted in the same strict conditions. Pupils are supported with Exam Access Arrangements, where necessary, so that everyone has the potential to showcase their excellent progress.
Ofqual have produced the following guide to give pupils information about this year’s arrangements for qualifications regulated by Ofqual. It explains what support is in place when taking exams and assessments.