Assessment, both formal and informal, is an integral part of the education process at the Cathedral School. Our maths scheme, Collins Connect, includes assessments at the end of every unit (three week’s work). Termly writing assessments are carried out using the ‘Ros Wilson Criterion Scale’ (accredited by Edge Hill University).Continuous assessment by teachers takes place in all subjects and the major subjects are assessed more formally from Year 5 onwards. Our aim is to ensure that revision and assessments are positive and worthwhile experiences for all our pupils.
School examinations take place in May/June each year in the main academic subjects for children in Years 5-8. All Year 8 pupils sit the ISEB Common Entrance Examinations in June; for some, these are a requirement of their destination Senior School; for the majority, they are used as internal examinations. Students who have undertaken an Educational Psychologist’s Assessment (or equivalent) are provided with any special Access to Examinations provision detailed in the report.
As part of the assessment programme, ePIPS (Performance Indicators in primary Schools) are carried out in Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6. These assessments (managed by Durham University)are computer adaptive and use Picture Vocabulary and Non-Verbal Ability tests to measure Developed Ability, which is compared against Reading and General Maths attainment. In Y7, students are assessed using NFER Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning tests and this information is passed on to the students’ senior schools via the Common Transfer Forms.