In spite of Covid-19, we are delighted to be able to offer face to face tours, with small numbers. These will take place after school and we will ask parents to wear face coverings. Please contact the school office on 01923 224160 or email for further information. In the meantime, you may also want to view our Virtual Tour on our website. Please click the button at the left hand side of the home screen.

Lanchester Community Free School

...for a better future




Assessment is both formative and summative. Our teachers recognise the importance of individual verbal feedback. We ensure that our feedback and marking is done with the child to ensure they are aware of how they need to improve and progress their learning. All children receive Next Steps marking feedback weekly from their teachers to help them progress.  At Lanchester CFS we recognise the change in approach to Assessment on a national level and we value the teacher judgement on the whole child’s assessment.

We assess against the National Curriculum.

Our assessments in reading are based on a holistic judgement and evidence from:

  • Guided Reading formative notes
  • Colour Band/levels
  • Bug Club Comprehension test
  • Phonics assessment
  • Timed Reading exercises
  • QCA assessment tests
  • Hertfordshire Assessment Criteria.

Our assessments in writing are based on holistic judgements and evidence from:

  • English Books
  • Writing Portfolio Books 
  • Writing moderation- held at least once every 5 weeks (in school and across schools)
  • Phonics assessment
  • Hertfordshire Assessment Criteria.

Our assessment in mathematics are based on holistic judgements and evidence from:

  • Destination questions pitched at Age Related Expectations
  • Mastery questions from NCETM 
  • ESSENTIALmaths diagnostic tests  
  • Hertfordshire Assessment Criteria. 


We report children's progress and attainment to parents through parents evenings and a written report sent home where we share children's learning journey and next steps with parents. Teachers are available for continued dialogue throughout the term.