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Assessment and Reporting

The National Curriculum no longer defines assessment ‘levels’ and schools are therefore required to devise a curriculum and assessment system to identify, measure and track progress.

Secondary schools in the Ashby and Coalville partnership (Castle Rock High School, Newbridge High School, Ibstock Community College, Ivanhoe College, Ashby School and King Edward VII) have collaborated to devise a common system that means students within those school follow a shared curriculum and summative assessments which are moderated by all six schools.

We are constantly refining and improving the details of our assessment criteria so that our students are helped to aim high and achieve more. We have also taken account of the changes in primary curriculum and assessment at Key Stage 2 and the changes to GCSE at KS4.

The Pathway Model

Subject groups across the ACE partnership have agreed statements of attainment for 5 pathways, differentiated according to standards on entry. The pathways have been written to build in high expectations for students from KS2-4.

These pathways are described as follows:


Target setting

Each year, students will be set an expected pathway in line with the above model. For English and Maths this will come from their Key Stage 2 results (either a KS2 National Curriculum Level like a 4b, or a scaled score out of 120). For all other subjects, the Expected Pathway will be worked out from an average of the English (Reading) and Maths level or score. 


Learning and progress will be assessed during the year using the performance indicators for each stage on the pathways. Feedback and next steps will be given with reference to the performance indicators for the relevant pathway. Support and intervention will be targeted for those students who are not meeting their expected pathway criteria. 

Can students move pathways?

Teachers will decide at each assessment point whether your child is working at their Expected Pathway. Because students progress at different rates, it is possible that some students will be working below their Expected Pathway and intervention will be then put in to place. It is also possible for students to work above their expected pathway and achieve above Expected Progress.

Will students have to sit exams?

Yes. In the summer terms, all year groups will sit a summative assessment that is common to all High Schools in the ACE Partnership. Exam timetables will be released nearer the time so that you know when each exam takes place.

If you have any questions or feedback relating to the pathways please click here.