Assessment and Reporting

At Teignmouth Community School our students are assessed in a variety of different ways to help them develop and grow. Ongoing, formative assessment takes place during every lesson and this helps to ensure that all our students maximise their potential. We are currently part of the Embedding Formative Assessment programme run by the Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT). This programme is based on over 20 years of research by Dylan Wiliams and Siobhan Leachy and our staff are exploring ways that they can make a positive impact on student achievement.


Students are given opportunities to engage with their feedback through a range of different methods. This may be through questioning, verbal feedback or marking with written feedback. We always look to help our students make progress and improve their work. We use these ongoing forms of continuous assessment alongside more formal summative testing to help inform our professional judgements and identify students’ next steps for learning.

Each half term teachers make an Attitude to Learning judgement for every student for every subject. These are reported home to parents. The criteria can be seen below.

Key Stage 4 and 5:

In addition to the Attitude to Learning judgement KS4 and KS5 students are awarded a Forecast Grade (FG).

This is the grade that the student is likely to achieve at the end of Year 11 if the student continues to make progress at the same rate. It is not a current working at grade. Students are awarded a GCSE FG based on a numerical system progressing from Grade 1 to Grade 9. A Grade 5 is recognised as a strong pass. If the student continues to make progress at their current rate we would expect them to achieve this grade at the end of KS4/KS5.

Fine Grades are used for teachers to show where a students is predicted within a particular grade.

  • A grade followed by a minus (e.g 4-) shows that a student is working towards the bottom of this grade.
  • A whole grade (e.g 4) shows that a student is working in the middle of this grade.
  • A grade followed by a plus (e.g 4+) shows that a students is working towards the top of this grade.