Assessment at Castle Hill School

Assessment at Castle Hill is personal to the individual. We use a number of different systems that are combined to provide a holistic view of each child and their individual progress. In addition to the formal assessments we use ongoing observations of each individual to support progress and inform next steps. We use photographs and video to evidence progress.

P Levels

P levels scores are recorded for English, maths, science, PSHE and ICT. They are collected twice a year in October and May. Each P level has been divided into 3 sub levels these are identified as a ‘c’, ‘b’, or ‘a’ to determine whether the P level is emerging, generalised or secure.

Target Setting

All pupils have end of year targets set in English and Maths. The targets are set in line with Progression Guidance End of Key Stage suggested targets. All teachers have target-setting interviews in November to set the targets with the SLT team. These interviews enable professional dialogue around each individual pupil in order to ensure that the targets are both challenging and relevant.


In order to ensure accuracy in teacher judgements we hold regular P Level moderation sessions with teachers & support staff. In addition to our in house moderation, we also moderate externally with other schools both locally and regionally. Our moderation examples can be accessed on the website. Click here to access them.


Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress is used to monitor the progress pupils are making towards their EHCP short term objectives. Each objective is assessed against four areas of development where relevant. These areas are: Prompting, Fluency, Maintenance and Generalisation. They are given scores from 1-10 to measure progress.

Progress Meetings

Termly progress meetings are held with each teacher to discuss the progress of each pupil. During the meetings we discuss progress towards meeting their targets, this includes looking at whether additional support is required to meet targets. We also discuss the progress of other areas of learning including MAPP. The meetings enable the SLT to have a clear picture of assessment and progress across the whole school. All of the discussions are recorded to build up a progress file over the year.

Learning Journals

Each term one learning journal per curriculum area per pupil is created. The journals include photographic and/or video evidence, written observations including evidence of progress and attainment, the P Level score for the work evidenced and the MAPP score relating to the Leaning Intention. These journals are also used as moderation examples and to create the end of year school report.

Other Assessment

Class stars – all classes have their own positive reward systems in class. Teachers and support staff will write out stars to recognise good work, good behaviour or progress on a daily basis in class. The stars are awarded instantly and displayed on the class ‘wow’ boards. At the end of the week one pupil per class is chosen to receive a star of the week award in the whole school ‘Sign and sing’ assembly on a Friday.