Rigorous assessment is a key feature of student life at BDA. Teachers mark students’ work every two weeks, checking progress and providing formative and diagnostic feedback on classwork, homework and project based learning. Students can expect to be formally assessed every six weeks either in class or in our school hall, receiving numerical summative assessment grades (KS3), GCSE grades (KS4) or A Level grades (KS5). Their summative grades are measured against individualised expected progress (based on their prior attainment at the most relevant Key Stage). Students’ progress is monitored regularly throughout their schooling and is shared with students and parents throughout the year.
In KS3 three of the formal assessments are held in the main hall each year. The school provides revision booklets and materials to parents to support their child’s learning and the assessment process at all Key Stages.