Assessment at Smithdon High School
At Smithdon High School we regularly check on our students; learning and progress in order to identify gaps and offer support where necessary. Primarily this is achieved in lesson time using questioning and starter quizzes in every single lesson.
Throughout the year we hold more formal assessments which are reported to parents twice yearly and the schedule (along with exact dates for these) can be found on the Smithdon Calendar. The majority of these assessments at KS3 take place in the classroom in lesson times. However, from Year 8, at least one set of core subject exams (English, Maths and Science) take place in the Sports Hall under formal examination conditions to provide students with the formal exam experience before they begin to sit formal mock examinations in Year 10.
At the end of Year 10, the students will complete their first set of mock examinations in order to establish a working GCSE grade. Further mock examinations and Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs) take place in the Autumn and Spring terms of Year 11 to inform progress, next steps and intervention support, before assessment concludes with the official GCSE examinations beginning early May.