Parents and boys may find the following information useful when reflecting on examination results.
In Forms I-IV
1. Boys are graded in each subject. These grades are based upon the rank order of scaled marks. Boys will be given the raw marks and grades for their examination when scripts are handed back, after mark addition and mark entry have been checked.
2. Rank order and the scaled and aggregate marks are not disclosed in Forms I – III.
3. After the Half-Yearly Examinations, we write to the parents of Form IV boys to inform them about their son’s rank within the form and to explain how this rank can help guide boys in their selection of courses for Forms V and VI. Each boy’s overall rank in the Form IV Annual Examinations is reported on his Term IV report.
4. In English, Mathematics, Science and other subjects with a large candidature, boys are placed in grades as set out in point 5 below. The grades for other subjects are based on a scaled mark equivalent to the grades for English, Mathematics and Science.
5. The grades are as follows:
HD – High Distinction – top 10%
D – Distinction – next 20%
Cr – Credit – next 30%
PM – Pass with Merit – next 20%
P – Pass – next 17- 20%
PC – Pass (Conceded) **
N – Not Satisfactory *
** This grade is allocated when a boy gains a mark in the bottom 3% and where the level of achievement is considered of concern.
* This grade is allocated only by special decision of the relevant Subject Master in consultation with the Director of Studies, where the level of achievement is considered unsatisfactory.
6. Class marks (based on homework marks and class test marks) and class positions (based on these class marks only) are also recorded on reports.
7. Names of boys in the highest grade for each subject after the Annual Examinations are published in the Speech Day Booklet.
8. A summary of examination results is posted to parents late in Term II. A full Half-Yearly Report including class marks, examination grades and course comments will be posted to you early in Term III, except in semester-based courses where course comments will not be distributed until late in Term III.
There are no Half-Yearly Examinations for Form V. Form V boys complete further non-examination style assessment tasks in a cluster towards the end of Term II. The schedule for this cluster has been distributed to the boys. Again, these assessments will be taking place in normal class-time as far as possible.
Subject Reports will be posted at the start of Term III. They will include class marks and course comments. The Director of Studies will issue another assessment statement at this time that will summarise achievement in the tasks completed in Terms I and II.
Boys in Form V will complete the Annual Examinations in late Term III. Examination grades, positions, and overall aggregate will be reported to boys and parents at this time.
Parents of boys in Form VI will receive an Assessment Summary at the end of Term II. This will include the raw mark and position for each assessment task completed in the normal way by the end of Term II. Where boys have missed assessment tasks and subsequently completed alternate tasks, these results are not reported on this Assessment Summary.
Dr AD Stevens