Assessment

YEARS 7, 8 AND 9

All subjects assess students on a regular basis. The assessment could be in the form of a test, a ‘levelled’ piece of homework or a particular task in class.  The frequency of testing depends, to some extent, on how often your daughter has a particular subject.

Please email Mr Chris Connor, Assistant Principal, if you have any queries.

A formal end of year examination period takes place at the beginning of June in each academic year. 

YEARS 10 AND 11

Assessment will occur every term in subject areas. The students also have an assessment period at the end of year 10 conducted under formal exam conditions.

Please email Mr Chris Connor, Assistant Principal, if you have any queries.

In Year 10 a formal end of year examination period takes place in the June in each academic year.

In Year 11 students have formal mock GCSE examinations in Terms 2 and 4 of the academic year.

YEARS 12 AND 13 – Ark 6th Form, east Sussex

The methods and frequency of assessments vary across the different subjects and type of course.

On-course assessment takes the form of researched essays, timed essays in class, revision of notes or vocabulary, structured exam practice questions, short recall tests, individual coursework portfolios and practical assignments.

For BTEC National qualifications, assessment is an on-going process, throughout the course and is by means of work-based case-study assignments, which build into a portfolio of evidence.  As a qualification equivalent to A Level, the BTEC National Award has 6 units, to be completed over 2 years.

An A Level qualification consists of advanced subsidiary (AS) and A2 units. AS and A2 exams are taken in June.

The AS is a stand-alone qualification and is worth half a full A level qualification. It normally consists of two units that contribute 50 per cent of the full A level. The AS covers the less demanding material in an A level course.

The A2 is the second half of a full A level qualification. It normally consists of two units that together are worth 50 per cent of the full A level qualification.  Most units are assessed by examination but some are assessed by internal assessment. The A2 covers the more demanding material. In the A2, students study topics in more depth, extend their knowledge and understanding of the subject by studying new topics and combine knowledge, skills and understanding from across the A level course through synoptic assessment.

Please email Mr James Hamilton, Head of Ark 6th Form, if you have any queries.