Examinations and assessments
Progress is carefully monitored and recorded throughout the school. Students from age 8 to 14 are assessed annually by the internationally recognised Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT). This measures ability in four domains: Verbal, Non Verbal, Quanititive and Spatial Reasoning. The results give teachers and parents reliable and valid information regarding a child’s progress and capability compared to UK national norms. We are consequently able to compare performance with cognitive ability.
Although regular testing occurs in all subject areas throughout the College year, all students in Secondary are required to sit examinations during December/January and again at the end of the Summer Term. Mock exams for those taking external exams are held in December. Teachers monitor pupils’ progress throughout the course and record continuous assessment marks and/or grades for coursework. Estimated grades are given for those in Year 11 and above at October half term and again after the mock examinations.
Students in Years 10 and 11 are prepared for the (International) General Certificate of Secondary Education (Cambridge and Pearson Edexcel International Examinations) normally take their examinations at the end of Year 11. Students in Years 12 and 13 principally follow courses at A level offered by Pearson Edexcel.
English Language Support
Non-native English speaking students are taught the English language skills necessary to meet their educational and social needs. Each new student is assessed and assigned to an Additional Language programme, and is prepared at the appropriate level for the prestigious Cambridge exams (KET, PET, First Certificate). This language tuition is included in the fees when it takes place within the curriculum.