An ongoing cycle of assessment, beginning with a month’s observation in the first term, enables us to tailor a personal study plan to meet each student’s needs. Their personal tutor oversees this programme, ensuring each student makes the progress we expect and achieves their very best. Assessments take place every half term.

They will also identify language needs, allowing us to organise students by level of proficiency.

Our aspiration is for at least 75% of students to gain grade C or above at GCSE (or its new equivalent to be introduced by the Government) in the subjects of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) – maths, English, a humanity such as history or geography, sciences and a language.

Students will sit GCSEs in Year 11 or even before, and from 2018 we plan to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma to sixth formers. This prestigious qualification is an alternative to A levels or BTECs (level 3).

Beyond the purely academic, we assess students on their progress in acquiring a set of personal qualities for a happy, successful life. We ask them to become: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded , Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced, Reflective. These qualities are central to the IB philosophy.