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New School Levelling System

As you will be aware there have been a number of significant changes to the school curriculum over the past two years. Most notably the Progress and Attainment 8 scores students will receive, the requirement to achieve a good pass in English and Maths and for many students whether or not they have achieved the English Baccalaureate.  

The academic years 2016/17 to 2018/19 see the rolling out of another series of changes that we will be implementing to enhance the school curriculum in line with the national direction.  In summary these national changes include; the removal of a requirement to provide national curriculum levels, the use of 1-9 grading for examinations in English and Maths for students from summer 2017,  for the majority of subjects by summer 2018 and all subjects by 2019 ,a more rigorous curriculum, a higher boundary set for what will be considered to be a “strong” pass at grade 5. There will also be an awarding of a lower "standard" pass at grade 4. 

As a result of these changes, as well as changes to  national strategies regarding assessment, progress and challenge in the curriculum, the school has reviewed several of its reporting practices.   This section of the school website includes overview guidance to these changes, as well as  detailed information as to what these grades will look like in each year group and summary information as to definitions of the 1-9 grades in subject areas overall.   Particularly at Key Stage 3 (KS3) the grades used are designed to reflect elements of the GCSE but do not exclusively do so as they also consider elements of subjects that are more appropriate for KS3 students.  It should also be remembered that the year by year definitions and steps are still a work in progress and will continue to evolve and develop. 

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