Assessment & Prep



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In the Nursery Department, teachers carefully monitor each child’s personal development and skills acquisition.  Parental involvement in planning for individuals is welcomed and encouraged.  Our staff are friendly and approachable and always happy to discuss children's development either on an open evening or as required.

Written reports are provided twice yearly in addition to parents’ evenings held once each term.

Reception & Years 1 & 2

In the Reception class and Years 1 and 2, each boy's academic performance and personal development is carefully monitored and assessed.

Parents receive written reports at the end of Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity terms.  In addition to more formal Parents’ Evenings, parents are encouraged to discuss with teaching staff their son's progress on a frequent basis and, where possible, to take part in many school-related activities.

Prep School

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From Year 5, boys sit assessments in the Michaelmas and Trinity terms. Younger pupils are tested in English and Maths only, and more formal exams are introduced gradually all the way up to Year 8, when pupils take mock exams in Michaelmas and Hilary to prepare them for their senior school entrance exams.

In addition, Grades Cards are issued throughout the School year. These cards offer a brief record and review of academic attainment and application during shorter periods of time and occur up to twice per half term. They offer an opportunity for pupils, teachers and parents to consider progress in, and attitudes towards, studies.

Parents receive written reports at the end of Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity terms, as in the Pre-Prep, and parents of Preparatory School boys are similarly encouraged to discuss their son's progress with teaching staff and senior management. There are annual Parents’ Evenings and Surgeries.

All boys take annual computer-based CAT4 baseline cognitive tests, which help us to monitor pupil development and identify potential learning difficulties.

As they progress through the school, boys are increasingly set homework, which is called ‘prep’ at Christ Church. The function of prep is twofold: first, to reinforce what has been learnt in the classroom; and, second, to give boys opportunities to engage in individual learning. Prep for boys in Year 3 may involve handwriting practice or times table work; boys in Years 5 to 8 have weekly prep in English, Maths, French, Latin, History, Geography, and Religious Studies.