Assessment is a vital element in the progress of a pupil and the need for ongoing, teacher-led assessment is a crucial part of effective teaching.
Consequently, KD Grammar assesses the progress of students at four points in each academic year, tracking their performance against their individual target grades.
Each of the three termly formal assessments are accompanied by a scrutiny of each pupil’s performance to ensure the required level of progress is being maintained and this is fed back to the parents by means of a data report that is sent home.
The fourth assessment is the end of year exam which is accompanied by a much more in depth report, celebrating areas of good progress and highlighting any areas requiring improvement.
Year 11 pupils have a slightly different assessment system as they are given GCSE Mocks exams in December to assess their progress towards their target grades for the summer exams. These exams are quickly marked and the results given to parents in an individual report. Much emphasis is placed on the results of these exams as these are often used by colleges for application forms and making offers for places for A level.
The GCSE results for KD Grammar are amongst the highest in Manchester, with KD continuing to be the number 1 boys’ school in Manchester. The GCSE pass rate is very nearly twice that of Manchester LEA (49%), and has averaged out at over 91% for the last three years for A*-C (including English and Maths).