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Teaching & Assessment

At Northcote Lodge teaching is very much immersive and inquiry-led. Critical thinking and the development of life skills are highly valued. Rigorous academic standards ensure consistent success in public school entrance and scholarship examinations.


Internal assessment is an on going process with all the boys from the moment they start with us, with progress and achievement being continually monitored.


We hold formal exam weeks for all year groups twice each year, with Form 5  taking further exams to help the teachers gain a full understanding of how best to help them for their upcoming Common Entrance and to guide them on areas that need improving.


Parents receive a detailed end of term report each term. In Michaelmas and Trinity terms these are subject reports,  focusing primarily on attitude, application and achievement. In Hilary term reports are written by the tutors (Shell-Form teacher) in the form of a letter that focuses on other important aspects of school life, including personal development, friendships and progress generally.


Each half term we also send home assessment grades to help inform parents of the boys' attainment and effort in each subject. These enable the staff and parents to monitor the boys' classwork.


We also run curriculum evenings at the start of each year where we provide parents with information about what the children will be learning each term and how we intend to teach it. There are also parents' evenings for each year group for parents to meet their son's subject teachers as well as tutor evenings (twice a year) when parents meet their son's personal tutor and discuss pastoral issues.

The School Structure

When boys join Northcote Lodge in the Shell class (aged 8) they go in to one of four forms, taught by subject specialists, although in their first year they are likely to be taught by their form teacher for more than one subject. For English, Maths and French the boys are set depending on ability. In the third year, boys enter the Senior School and setting increases to include Latin and Science. Potential scholars are identified at the end of Form 3 and prepared for scholarships in Remove and Form 5.


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