There are changes to assessment for all students in Year 7 and Year 8, prompted by two significant national assessment changes:

  1. GCSE assessment changing from letter grades to numbers grades (9 to 1)
  2. Removal of National Curriculum Levels at Key Stage 3.

We have decided to use GCSE number grades for assessment for all students from Year 7 onwards. This will enable students, parents and staff to measure progress with respect to GCSE grades from 1 to 9. We will now be setting students targets which are GCSE grades. These will be the grade we expect a student to achieve by the end of the year and will give students a flightpath to their end of Year 11 target.

The changes are not straightforward and we will need to work with students, teachers and parents over the next few years to manage these changes effectively. Updates and additional information will be provided as they become available. The table below shows how the former GCSE grading structure matches up to the new one.

If you have any questions regarding these changes please contact the College by email or telephone.