Pennthorpe monitors every child’s progress closely through a planned programme of assessment, analysis and action. We monitor every child as an individual and do not wish them to feel unnecessary pressure or failure. Informal teacher assessment continues throughout the year and these include assessing pupils against learning objectives taught. The information gauged assists us in keeping parents informed and also helps us monitor the effectiveness of our own teaching. We do give clear information to parents through formal written reports, parents’ consultation meetings, Data Cards and in Year 3&4 through half termly Effort and Attainment grades.
In the Lower School full written reports, which give details of a child’s academic and social progress, are given at the end of an academic year. This is accompanied by a Head Mistress’s report. Progress Data Cards are also sent home which detail outcomes of internal standardized tests in Maths, English and Science in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.
In addition, parents in Years 4 are also given half termly Effort and Attainment grades. The grades are compiled after a great deal of discussion by the various members of staff. The Effort grades are discussed with the children at an appropriate level and the children are encouraged to articulate their opinions and how they feel they can strive for greater improvement the following term. It is important to stress that a child’s attitude to learning is just as important as their attainment as without a reasonable level of effort, progress is not made, and children will effectively not succeed in fulfilling their individual potential.