Assessment at Somerset House is conducted throughout the school, although it is only formally reported on with percentages from Grade 4 onwards. Examinations are conducted twice a year for Grade 6 and 7 pupils. The reports provide information on both what is learnt by the children as well
Assessment and Reporting: Assessment at Somerset House is conducted throughout the school, although it is only formally reported on with percentages from Grade 4 onwards. Examinations are conducted once a year for Grade 6 and 7 pupils. The reports provide information on both what is learnt by the children as well as how each individual child manages the learning process. Reports also refer to discipline, attitude and socialisation. Reporting regimes differ depending on phase.
Pre-Primary: In this phase of the school, reports focus on developmental milestones and achievements. Early identification of learning difficulties is important and reports describe the social and learning experience of the child at school. In Grade 0 school readiness is reported on in detail to provide accurate information to parents on this important concept. Parent / Teacher Interviews are conducted in Term 1 and Term 3.
Junior Primary: In this phase children receive two written reports during the year. Verbal reports are conducted twice a year. Parents may request a document detailing a child’s progress after the interview if they wish. The reports indicate the level at which a child is operating as well as the ‘expected’ performance at a given age or point in time. This enables parents to clearly understand where assistance may be required or where children are more competent.
Senior Primary: Somerset House uses aggregates to show the level at which the Grade is working as this allows the child’s progress to be understood in context. Levels of effort are also indicated. Somerset House uses percentages in the main academic subjects as more accurate feedback is possible using this system. Children are encouraged to use the more accurate data to set targets and objectives for themselves. The comprehensive reports are detailed and provide useful information for parents and children alike.
Sport Reports: The children spend a considerable amount of time involved in outdoor activities and therefore receive a special report on their activities at the end of Term 1 and Term 3. This includes information pertaining to fitness, attitude, participation and skill.