Exams and Assessments
Key Stage Three: Bronze, Silver, Gold Assessment
The way we assess learning across KS3 at Sarah Bonnell allows students to know what they have done well, what they need to do to improve, and how to develop the independence needed in order to succeed.
We do this to empower students to discuss their learning, successes and areas for development/targets increase the value of TL&A, reporting to staff, students and parents.
How does it work?
- STEP 1: Students are given a Bronze, Silver or Gold medal for each subject based on Progress Test Scores and Key Stage 2 SATs data.
- STEP 2: In lessons students master the skills and knowledge needed to achieve this medal and demonstrate this consistently in their work.
- STEP 3: Students receive feedback from teachers on what they can improve in order to secure their medal, then reach the next medal – and beyond!
Student voice and feedback
“I like feedback that it focuses on certain skills – it helps us improve later on.”
“I like the medals because they are aspirational. I like how it will help me to develop my skills.”
“When I’ve got a Silver medal, using my feedback I’ll know exactly what I need to do in order to get Gold.”
Reporting to parents
Years 7-9: we will formally assess our students two or three times a year to help us understand how much learning they are able to successfully recall. We will report whether students are on or off track compared to their gold, silver or bronze medal for years 7 and 8.
Years 10-11: we will run interim assessments three times a year directly linked to GCSE specifications. We will report on current and predicted grades (1-9) for years 10 and 11.
As a public secondary school, we are required to implement a very precise set of requirements in all public exams.
These rules are governed by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and every centre conducting exams is required to follow them. Failure to adhere to these regulations could result in the centre losing its licence, so it is vital that all students know, understand and follows the rules, which they will be informed of before and during each assessment period.
Your exam timetable will be given to you well in advance of the exam season. Your timetable shows you the date and times of all your exams, as well as which tier you are sitting (if applicable) and which seat you are in. It is your responsibility to arrive on time to each exam, and to know which seat you are in.
Our students all receive information about their exams information via assemblies, form time and Google Classroom. Key information is provided on this page. Any questions should be addressed to the Year 11 Team.
As a student taking examinations at Sarah Bonnell, you MUST read the official JCQ documents regarding exam rules and procedures which are available on our website. You are also given a printed copy of the JCQ Warning to Candidates, Disallowed Items, and Social Media posters alongside your exam timetable in Spring of the exam year. If you have any questions about your exams please speak to an Exams Officer.
The most important rules are summarised below, but this is not a substitute for reading the JCQ guidance. Please click on the Exam Rules heading to review the summary.
- Coats and bags are not permitted in the exam room. If you bring these to school, they must be stored in your locker.
- Morning exams begin at 09:00 – you must arrive at the exam room by 08:50 at the latest.
- Afternoon exams begin at 13:30 – you must arrive at the exam room by 13:20 at the latest.
- You must enter the Sports Hall via the outside entrance near the staff car park.
- You must enter A05 via the entrance near the PE Office.
- If you are running late for an exam, you must telephone the main school reception on 0208 534 6791 to inform the school of your estimated arrival time.
- If you arrive late for an exam, you must report to Front of House and wait to be collected by On Call or the Exams Officer – do not attempt to make your own way to the exam room if you are late, as you will miss important briefings.
- Full and correct school uniform, including a blazer and blue hijab (for students who choose to wear the hijab) must be worn to every exam.
- You must bring to the examination the correct equipment: black pen, pencil, calculator, rubber etc. Pencil cases must be fully transparent. Calculators with a memory facility must be cleared before entering the exam room. Do not bring the calculator lid.
- You may bring bottled water but the label must be removed prior to entering the exam room and the bottle must be transparent. Food and chewing gum are not allowed in the exam room.
- It is essential that students do not have on or with them a mobile phone, iPod, MP3 player, smart watch, headphones, earphones or any such device in any examination. To be in possession of such items or of notes connected with the subject being examined is prohibited and disqualification is the penalty for breaking this rule.
- If you genuinely accidentally bring any disallowed item, you must hand it in to the invigilators in the exam room. A log will be kept, and students bringing disallowed items repeatedly will be followed up.
- When entering the exam hall or room you must do so in complete silence and remain that way until you leave as per JCQ rules “Candidates are under formal examination conditions from the moment they enter the room in which they will be taking their examination(s)”
Key exam documents – school and JCQ information
- Sarah Bonnell – Exams Policy – 2022
- Sarah Bonnell – Non Exam Assessment Policy – 2022
- Sarah Bonnell – Work Processor Use Policy – 2022
- Sarah Bonnell – Subjects and Exam Boards – 2021
- Sarah Bonnell – Appeal for a Clerical Recheck of Marks – 2021
- JCQ – Information for Candidates – 2021
- JCQ – Malpractice – 2023
- JCQ – Non Exam Assessment – 2021
- JCQ – On-screen Tests – 2021
- JCQ – Post Results Services – 2023
- JCQ – Exam Appeals Services – 2021
- JCQ posters for display
In the event that you are ill or have an injury at the time of your examinations, it may be possible to apply for emergency access arrangements.
Please contact the Examinations Officer directly if you wish to seek clarification of the examination boards’ requirements or to discuss individual circumstances.
Special Consideration may be given following an examination in respect of an illness, accident or bereavement ‘to ensure that candidates who suffer temporary illness, injury or indisposition at the time of the examination are given some compensation for their difficulties’. Applications must be made to the Examinations Officer immediately following the examination paper(s) affected, so prompt action in the production of supporting documentation (usually a doctor’s letter) is necessary. The student and/or her parents must initiate the process and provide medical evidence within two working days of the examination/s affected.