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The English department has a rigorous assessment policy that allows pupils to clearly see their areas of strength and address their target areas to develop in order to progress onto the next pathway or grade.

At Key Stage 3, 3 non-negotiable formal assessments in either Writing or Reading are produced for every topic. Staff and pupils use Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening assessment grids to clearly see which areas pupils do well and which areas to target in their next stage of development. All assessments and feedback show targets for improvement to maximize progress throughout the key stage.

At Key Stage 4, pupils follow the AQA examination syllabus, with all pupils completing a separate English Language and English Literature qualification. This consists of four terminal examinations. Ongoing results are regularly monitored and tracked with every pupil given an aspirational target.

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