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Assessment at St Mary’s

We recently undertook an extensive review of our assessment systems at St Mary’s [in 2023/24] with three main objectives. To establish a system of assessment that had:


We now operate an assessment model with consistency across the stages KS3 and KS4 based on our Strand Model. Specific details of how we assess and report are available in the sections related to each Key Stage.

Strand Model

The Strand model reflects the key progress that students make in the curriculum and in their personal development. We support students to become knowledgeable and skilful in specialist areas but also prepare them for further academic study and the world of work with our high behaviour expectations.

  • We assess and report three strands as PROGRESS – subject knowledge, skills and communication
  • And we assess and report one strand as BEHAVIOUR – readiness to learn