Do teachers end up constantly teaching to the test? How do you mitigate against this and ensure there is still a real joy to learning outside of tests?

The starting point for all teaching and learning at Chesterton is knowledge.  Subject teachers work together to identify the knowledge and skills they believe students have a right to have within their subject field and design schemes of learning around that.  Assessments are used to evaluate the teaching and learning that is taking place and to ascertain the extent to which individual students are accessing the knowledge which teachers have identified as important.  The information gained from assessments allows teachers to plan going forwards at whole class and individual level.  Assessments are a checking tool, the knowledge and skills identified by subject specialists are the goal.