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Sylvia Young Theatre School

Full Time School

Assessment & Reporting

Assessment at the Sylvia Young Theatre School supports individual students in the achievement of his or her full learning potential and fosters the development of self-esteem and personal responsibility.

This takes place with the involvement of staff, students and parents. The Sylvia Young Theatre School recognises that assessment does not need to be in the form of formal examinations but can be a progression within the school maximising the potential of each individual student. Assessment is the obtaining, analysing and interpreting evidence for use by both pupils and teachers to enable the review, planning and improvement of learning.  It is fully integrated with the delivery of the curriculum and is an essential component of classroom practice.

The Sylvia Young Theatre School aims to practice forms of assessment that:

  1. Promote and support learning
  2. Informs teaching
  3. Is both informative and summative
  4. Uses appropriate and diverse strategies
  5. Recognises pupil progress in all areas of the curriculum
  6. Develops self-assessment for all members of the school
  7. Develops shared responsibility between school and home

Assessment and recording (academic):

Internal assessment and recording

Consistent record keeping by all teachers allows the effective monitoring of student progress and the regular evaluation of teaching content/styles/methods. 

Good practice encourages:

  1. Common assessment marks/grades recorded in teacher mark books
  2. Homework grades recorded in teacher mark books
  3. Regular informal assessment as part of the learning process
  4. Regular formal testing in all subjects for all year groups. This may take the form of half termly tests, end of topic tests or end of unit / module tests. Testing may take the form of written tests or oral / speaking assessments or a combination of both
  5. End of year or end of Key Stage tests in subjects where this is appropriate
  6. Mock GCSE examinations in January of each year for year 11 in all subjects taken

Teacher records are used to inform reporting both formal and informal, to students, parents and the school management team.

Assessment and recording (vocational):

Sylvia Young Theatre School operates a detailed system of assessment and reporting.  Towards the end of the autumn term students' achievements are reported to parents, in brief, by way of the 'Interim Report'.   During the summer term a detailed assessment is made and reported in the students 'Record of Achievement'. Parents log on via a secure link to access reports, prior to parents evening, for parents perusal.

When grading, it is important that a uniform policy is adopted across all departments and across all year groups.  All staff therefore use the scale of E to U where E represents the highest achievement, U the lowest. 

Dates of parents’ afternoons / evenings and reports are published in the school calendar at the start of each academic year.

Staff have school e-mail addresses and if parents have any subject specific queries or concerns then e-mailing the teacher concerned is the best course of action in the first instance. 

Parents afternoon

An opportunity for individual appointments with vocational staff during a parents’ afternoon are arranged during the school year. Appointments are made on your behalf.

External assessment

Students are assessed externally in public examinations as follows:

  1. GCSE controlled assessment tasks during years 10 & 11 where this forms part of the GCSE examination requirement for the subject
  2. GCSE examinations taken in the Summer term of year 11

Year 6 students are NOT entered for Key Stage 2 SATs tests. Internal testing and teacher assessment are used in year 6.