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Curriculum and Assessment 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

 

ENG

MATHS

SCIENCE

HUMS/RE

MFL

PE

DT/ICT/ PSHE

DRAMA

MUSIC

ART

Total

Yr7

4

4

4

4

2

2

2

1

1

1

25

Yr8

4

4

4

4

2

2

2

1

1

1

25

 

ENG

MATHS

SCIENCE

HUMS

MFL

PE

DT/RE

DRAMA

MUSIC

ART

Total

Yr9

4

4

4

4

2

2

2

1

1

1

25

PSHE in Year 9 is taught through ‘drop down’ afternoons.

Assessment and Reporting at key Stage 3 (year 7, 8 and 9)

Students’ targets are generated through a national data base called FFT (Fisher Family Trust). This body uses students KS2 SATs along with numerous contextual factors. The targets are aspirational but also realistic.

To make it very clear where your child is aiming we will report this GCSE target to you every time we send the Progress Report home.

Every Head of Department writes schemes of work so their curriculum area is broad, varied and engaging. Teachers are now also directed to teach the essential skills and concepts from GCSE specifications so students have a foundation for KS4 study.  

These skills and concepts are then assessed and students are given a numeric grade for the work they are currently doing. This numeric grade follows the 9-1 GCSE grading system but it is not an actual GCSE grade. It does however show the trajectory the student is on, what they are likely to achieve at GCSE in Year 11 if they continue to work as they are.

In KS3 this will be reported as two numbers. For example: Yr7:6. The first number is their year group and the second number is their current/trajectory grade. On the Progress Report this allows parents see ‘at a glance’ if their child is on track to achieve their potential.  

As students move into Years 8 and 9 the skills and concepts to achieve a certain grade (e.g. a 6) will deepen and assessments will become more challenging, so students are quite likely to remain on that grade, but this is a clear indication that they are actually making progress, that they are on trajectory.  

Extensive analysis of all the data collected each half term is undertaken by the senior team, and any underachievement is identified and discussed with heads of department via Raising Attainment and Progress meetings (RAP meetings).

Below is a rough guide to the link between the old letter grading system and the new numeric system. The DfE have benchmarked the 7 as an A and 4 as a C.

9= A**

8= A*

7=A

6=B+

5=C+/B-

4=C

3=D/E+

2=E-/F+

1=G

U

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

We are constantly endeavouring to broaden and deepen our KS4 curriculum offer to give opportunities for all abilities and interests. We offer options that we believe have clear pathways into KS5 and life outside school.

Students are able choose 4 options, one of which has to be Geography, History or French. The qualifications offered are usually GCSEs, but sometimes equivalent qualifications are offered such as BTECs. The offer changes from year to year depending on the needs of the cohort and the staffing available.

4

4

4

3

3

3

3

1

ENG

MATHS

SCIENCE

OPT 1

OPT 2

OPT 3

OPT 4

CORE PE

PSHE and RE are taught through ‘dropdown afternoons’

Current options available in Year 11

  • Triple Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • French
  • Sociology
  • Religious Education
  • Drama
  • Art
  • DT
  • Food Science
  • Physical Education
  • ICT
  • Travel and Tourism

Current Options available in Year 10

  • Triple Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • French
  • Sociology
  • Religious Education
  • Drama
  • Performing Arts
  • Art
  • DT
  • Food Science
  • Physical Education
  • ICT – Creative Imedia
  • Travel and Tourism

Assessment and Reporting at Key Stage 4

Students undertaking Key Stage 4 courses will be assessed using GCSE grades 9-1 and BTEC grades Distinction*- Pass.  Students’ targets are generated through a national data base called FFT (Fisher Family Trust). This body uses students KS2 SATs along with numerous contextual factors. The targets are aspirational but also realistic.

Progress will be reported half termly in KS4. The progress report will state a student’s predicted grade for the end of Year11 if they continue working as they are. Parents will be invited to a full parents’ evening in Yr. 10 and 11 where they can discuss their child’s progress in more detail with individual subject teachers. Parents are encouraged to contact individual subject teachers or the Head of Year if they have any concerns about the progress their child is making.

Extensive analysis of all the data collected each half term is undertaken by the senior team, and any underachievement is identified and discussed with heads of department via Raising Attainment and Progress meetings (RAP meetings).

Below is a rough guide to the link between the old letter grading system and the new numeric system. The DfE have benchmarked the 7 as an A and 4 as a C.

9= A**

8= A*

7=A

6=B+

5=C+/B-

4=C

3=D/E+

2=E-/F+

1=G

U=U