Assessment and reporting

Teachers regularly assess progress in lessons using a variety of methods such as quizzes, review exercises, questioning, student self-assessment or short multiple-choice tests. At other times, we use more formal assessments, projects or exams to judge progress over time. We ask our teachers to use the information they gather from these assessment processes to report summary progress data on every student at key points in the year as outlined in the table below. At each of these assessment points (AP), we update your child’s data report which you can then access securely through the MyChild at School app (MCAS). You will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress at Parents’ Evening. Each year group will have one Parents’ Evening per year, the timing of which will be published at the start of each year in the school calendar.

Your child’s data report will provide you with the following information:

  • For students in Key Stage 3, a judgement of the student’s performance in relation to age-related expectations on the E+/E-/M+/M-/D+/D- scale. This scale is explained in the first table below.
  • For students in Key Stages 4 and 5, a judgement of the student’s performance in relation to national grading criteria (GCSE grades 9-1; A Level grades A*-E; Vocational grades Pass/Merit/Distinction).
  • An indication as to whether the student is underachieving in each subject.
  • An Attitude to Learning (ATL) score for each subject, on a 1-4 scale. This scale is explained in the second table below.
  • Attendance record since the last assessment point.
  • The final data report of the year will include a detailed Form Tutor profile.



If you wish to gain a more detailed understanding of Assessment at Thirsk School, you can read our Assessment Policy in full by clicking on the link below.

Thirsk School and Sixth Form College Assessment Policy

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