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In September 2014, the Government introduced the new National Curriculum to schools in England. Perhaps the most significant change was with the decision to remove the use of National Curriculum Levels to describe children’s attainment; instead schools were asked to develop their own assessment system which enables them to check what children have learned and whether they are on track to meet expectations.

When designing our assessment structure, we have taken the opportunity to reflect on the key attributes and skills that we would expect the children in each year groups at this school to know, understand or be able to demonstrate in each subject by the end of the year. We he have called these Key Performance Standards. The nature of the children at the school means that these standards demonstrate a higher expectation than you would find in many non-selective schools and incorporate the areas that we deliver beyond the minimum expectations of the National Curriculum. They have been designed to be demanding, though realistic, and we would expect the majority of students at the school to be able to meet the majority of the standards in each subject by the end of each academic year.

We will continue to send home information to about each child’s progress every term. Progress in each subject will be identified by a descriptor to explain where each child’s subject teacher feels they will progress to by the end of the year. We will be using five descriptors:

Beginning- Will have occasionally met some criteria with close support;

Securing - Will have met a number of criteria on more than one occasion;

Achieving - Will have met the majority of criteria in a range of contexts;

Advancing - Will have met all criteria consistently and demonstrated some additional skills;  

Excelling - Will be working well above the expected standard for this year group.

Each term parents will therefore be able to see how their child is performing in one subject relative to another. If a child is on track to be ‘Achieving’ in Mathematics by the end of the year and ‘Excelling’ in English, it will be straightforward to see where their relative strengths lie.

We will also provide parents with information about how we expect their child to perform across their subjects by the end of the year, so that they can see whether their child is on track to meet expectations.

The table below provides information about the curriculum followed in each subject and Key Performance Standards for each year group:

SUBJECTYEAR 7YEAR 8YEAR 9
Artpdf small icon Y7 Art.pdfpdf small icon Y8 Art.pdfsmall pdf icon Y9 Art.pdf
Biologyn/apdf small icon Y8 Biology.pdfsmall pdf icon Y9 Biology.pdf
Chemistryn/apdf small icon Y8 Chemistry.pdfsmall pdf icon Y9 Chemistry.pdf
Dramapdf small icon Y7 Drama.pdfpdf small icon Y8 Drama.pdfpdf small icon Y9 Drama.pdf
Englishpdf small icon Y7 English.pdfpdf small icon Y8 English.pdfsmall pdf icon Y9 English.pdf
Frenchpdf small icon Y7 French.pdfpdf small icon Y8 French.pdfsmall pdf icon Y9 French.pdf
Geographypdf small icon Y7 Geography.pdfpdf small icon Y8 Geography.pdfsmall pdf icon Y9 Geography.pdf
Germanpdf small icon Y7 German.pdfpdf small icon Y8 German.pdfsmall pdf icon Y9 German.pdf
Historypdf small icon Y7 History.pdfpdf small icon Y8 History.pdfsmall pdf icon Y9 History.pdf
Mathematicspdf small icon Y7 Mathematics.pdfpdf small icon Y8 Mathematics.pdfsmall pdf icon Y9 Mathematics.pdf
Musicpdf small icon Y7 Music.pdfpdf small icon Y8 Music.pdfsmall pdf icon Y9 Music.pdf
Physical Educationpdf small icon Y7 Physical Education.pdfpdf small icon Y8 Physical Education.pdfsmall pdf icon Y9 Physical Education.pdf
Physicsn/apdf small icon Y8 Physics.pdfsmall pdf icon Y9 Physics.pdf
Religious Studiespdf small icon Y7 Religious Studies.pdfpdf small icon Y8 Religious Studies.pdfsmall pdf icon Y9 Religious Studies.pdf
Sciencepdf small icon Y7 Science.pdfn/a 
Spanishn/an/asmall pdf icon Y9 Spanish.pdf
Technologypdf small icon Y7 Technology.pdfpdf small icon Y8 Technology.pdfsmall pdf icon Y9 Technology.pdf

 

In 2014, the Government announced changes to GCSEs in England. Reformed GCSEs in a few subjects would be first taught in September 2015 with more reformed courses introduced for first teaching in September 2016 and 2017. This means that students in Years 10 and 11 are studying a combination of ‘old’ and reformed GCSEs.

Students in Year 10 will be working towards reformed GCSEs in:

·         Art & Design

·         Biology

·         Chemistry

·         Computer Science

·         Drama

·         English language

·         English literature

·         French

·         Geography

·         German

·         History

·         Mathematics

·         Music

·         Physical Education

·         Physics

·         Religious Studies

·         Spanish

Students in Year 11 will be working towards reformed GCSEs in:

·         English language

·         English literature

·         Mathematics

For any subjects not listed above, students will continue to follow the ‘old’ GCSE specifications.

The biggest immediate change will be in your child’s assessment data and target grades for reformed GCSE subjects, as any grades provided will be in the new range of 9-1 (where grade 9 is highest). ‘Old’ GCSE specifications have not changed and will continue to be reported A*-G.

Ofqual have provided the following information about how the new 9-1 grades relate to the old A*-G grades:

·         Broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 4 and above as currently achieve a grade C and above;

·         Broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 7 and above as currently achieve an A and above;

·         For each examination, the top 20 per cent of those who get grade 7 or above will get a grade 9 – the very highest performers;

·         The bottom of grade 1 will be aligned with the bottom of grade G;

·         Grade 5 will be positioned in the top third of the marks for a current Grade C and bottom third of the marks for a current Grade B. This will mean it will be of greater demand than the present grade C.

In 2014, the Government announced changes to A Levels in England. Reformed A Levels in a few subjects would be first taught in September 2015 with more reformed courses introduced for first teaching in September 2016 and 2017. This means that students in Upper and Lower Sixth are studying a combination of ‘old’ and reformed A Levels.

For students in the Upper Sixth, the AS qualification in the following subjects has been separated from the A Level qualification:

·         Art & Design

·         Biology

·         Business Studies

·         Chemistry

·         Economics

·         History

·         Physics

For students in the Lower Sixth, the AS qualification in the following subjects has been separated from the A Level qualification:

·         Art & Design

·         Biology

·         Business Studies

·         Chemistry

·         Drama

·         Economics

·         French

·         Geography

·         German

·         History

·         Music

·         Physical Education

·         Physics

·         Religious Studies

·         Spanish

This means the marks gained at AS Level at the end of the Lower Sixth will not contribute to the grade for the overall A Level; students will undertake a completely different set of exams at the end of the Upper Sixth for their A Level at the end of the year. 

All other subjects are following ‘old’ A Level specifications, so marks gained in AS Levels will contribute to the final A2 grade.