Monitoring Progress in the Prep School

Tools for monitoring progress are:

  • Daily work
  • Skills tracking
  • Standardised tests
  • Core assessments
  • Examinations
  • Merits and commendations
  • Discussion
  • Observation

Whilst progress is monitored in an academic sense it is also deemed important that other measures are also used to gain a picture of the whole child.

Monitoring progress is important to ensure that each pupil receives the support that they need to achieve. Successful learning raises self-esteem and motivation and lays the foundation for keen participation in education.

Each pupil has a Form tutor who monitors them pastorally. This is overseen by the Head of Year.

7 to 9 year olds (Shell Years 3 and 4)

In each subject the progress of pupils is monitored by the class teacher on a day-to-day basis. This is through the work that the pupils produce in class and discussions they have with the teacher and other pupils. The pupil is monitored as an individual by the class teacher in conjunction with the Head of Year. This is an assessment of the pupil’s achievements in relation to their own potential. Summative assessment is then used to monitor progress of the year group as a whole and the individual’s relative strengths within it. This is monitored by the Head of Shell in conjunction with all teachers. The Director of Studies oversees this process.

9 to 13 year olds (Years 5 to 8)

The pupils move to more specialist teaching in Form 1. The day-to-day monitoring is therefore done by subject specialist teachers. The skills displayed by the pupil in a subject are tracked to help analyse progress over time and ensure that expected progress is made. This is overseen by the Head of Department. Standardised test scores, core assessment data and examinations are used to monitor the progress of an individual within a year group and the cohort as a whole. This is overseen by the Director of Studies in conjunction with subject teachers, Heads of Department, Form tutors and Head of Year.