A full guide to Assessment at Culcheth High School can be found by clicking on the links below
Quality Marked Assessments
QMAs are the main form of assessment in the classroom for all year groups. These Quality Marked Assessments are pieces of assessed work that students complete in class. Many are written examinations, some will be practical assessments. They are set at key times to help teachers, students and parents understand how they are progressing with their learning.
At Key Stage 3, QMAs are marked using percentage scores. This is to tell students how much of the assessment they have been successful in. In lessons following a QMA, teachers and students will use feedback strategies to close the gaps in learning that have been identified.
At Key Stage 4, QMAs are marked using GCSE grades and a fine grade (+, =, -). These GCSE grades are designed to help ‘indicate’ the approximate GCSE grade a student has achieved on a single task, but do not predict that this will be their final grade in this subject.
To help support your child at school, click here to find the QMA Handbook for your child’s year group. This guide will tell you the dates of every QMA, what content will be assessed and how.
The only additional assessments to QMAs are PPEs. These are Pre-Public Examinations or mock GCSE examinations. They are only set for students in Year 9 – 11. In Year 9, these are at the very end of the year and taken in the classroom. For Year 10 and 11 students, PPEs take place in the school hall for the full mock examination experience. The dates for these exam weeks are published in the school calendar for this year. You will receive updates on #thisweek and via subject teachers.
Every student has a different starting point and therefore personal targets for assessments are set at the start of the academic year. Students in Year 7 and 8 are set targets for the end of Year 8. Students from Year 9 are issued with targets for their GCSE courses, therefore the end of Year 11.
The targets are set to ensure every student has the best possible chance of being the best they can be. All students will need to work hard, using our values of honesty, respect and excellence every day to work towards these targets. Targets are set using large samples of national data and therefore tell you where your child needs to be performing to achieve in line with the best students nationally.
Targets are sent home early in the Autumn Term, annually.