assessment changes 2015 – 2016:

For students currently in years 7 8 and 9

Students in year 7 8 and 9 receive feedback on how they are achieving and progressing in lessons in a variety of ways, all designed to support your child’s learning. As before, students will receive written feedback from their teachers in their books, as you will have seen we use a system of WWW (what went well) and EBI (even better if) to structure each piece of regular feedback. This is in addition to other written and verbal feedback provided to each student. Students are them asked to respond to the   teacher’s feedback, improving on their previous learning. We strongly believe that this provides the most detailed, and effective way for students to improve on their previous learning. In addition, each term students receive a “pit stop” sticker in their brains, which is traffic lighted (red green and yellow) to show how much progress they made in the previous term.

Finally, when students complete summative tests, instead of levels (4.2 4.5 4.8 etc) students will receive a percentage score for each assessment. This acts as a guide to students about how well they have achieved in their test, and allows them to compare their achievement to their peers in their class, and how they achieved in previous topics and skills in that subject.

As students move through the year, they might see their percentage scores vary, and go up and down, this is quite natural and allows teacher and student to build a picture together of each student’s strengths and weakness and talents for particular skill areas.

Students and parents will receive an updated copy of this report every six weeks, with Maths and English percentages effort and homework are updated every term, and all other subjects updated as a minimum at Christmas, Easter and at the end of the year.

Summarising assessments in this way will provide you and your child with a clear overview of how well they have achieved in their assessments, as well as a clear insight into how they can improve through the feedback provided in their books. We strongly encourage all students to take home their books and share what they have learnt, and where they need to improve.

Each Christmas Easter and summer term we will also provide a guide to the GCSE level at which your child is currently working at. As you will have heard, GCSE grades are changing from next year, with the traditional A*-G grades being replaced with numbers 9-1. This change is being phased in over a number of years, but will be the system used for all subject by the time year 8 students reach year 11. GCSE grades can be compared to the new 9-1 grades as follows:

At the end of each term, you and your child will receive the percentage scores shown above, and at the end of each Christmas Easter and summer term the GCSE level that your child’s work has demonstrated that term:













During KS4 (yr 10 and 11) students receive more regular assessments, and will have controlled assessments to complete for many subjects. Again we believe that assessment must be designed to allow students to make progress. Students get very regular feedback on how they are attaining and progressing in each subject through our “progress weeks”. Parents are constantly informed of how their children are achieving through regular communication and our on-line progresso system.

For students currently in year 11:

All assessments will continue to be reported using traditional GCSE grades (A*-G) or BTEC grades (Distinction, Merit, pass):

GCSE Grade BTEC Grade
A* Distinction*
A Distinction
B Merit
C Pass


For students currently in year 10:

When a student currently in year 10, reaches the end of year 11, they will receive GCSE grades listed as A*-G for all subjects except Maths and English, where they will receive the new GCSE levels listed as 9-1. For this reason all subjects will use the following combined grade/level system for all assessments during years 10 and 11:

OLD GCSE Scale NEW GCSE 1-9 Scale Combined  Grading
A* 9.8 A9.8
A* 9.5 A9.5
A* 8.5 A8.5
A+ 8.2 A8.2
A 7.5 A7.5
A- 7.2 A7.2
B+ 6.8 B6.8
B 6.5 B6.5
B- 5.8 B5.8
C+ 5.2 C5.2
C 4.5 C4.5
C- 4.2 C4.2
D+ 3.8 D3.8
D 3.5 D3.5
D- 3.2 D3.2
E+ 2.5 E2.5
E 2.2 E2.2
E- 2.1 E2.1
F+ 2 F2
F 1.9 F1.9
F- 1.8 F1.8
G+ 1.5 G1.5
G 1.3 G1.3
G- 1.2 G1.2
U 0 U0
X 0 X