Curriculum

In response to changes that are being made at a government level, Garforth Academy’s KS3/4 assessment policy is being developed in line with national requirements over the next few years and it is in a process of transition. In the transitional period 2015-16 we will use a mixture of KS3 levels, old A* to G grades and new 9-1 grades. 

As an Academy we are working towards a coherent and consistent assessment policy for Key Stages 3 and 4 for full implementation from September 2017.

New reformed GCSEs will be introduced gradually over the next three years with first certification in Summer 2017 for English, English Literature and Maths. They will be graded from 9 to 1, instead of A* to G.


The new GCSE’s will be significantly more difficult as they have additional content and are primarily assessed by examination. A new grade 5 will be the new ‘pass’ level, which is equivalent to a high grade C currently. Students awarded GCSEs in 2017 and 2018 will therefore receive a mixture of 9 to 1 and A*-G grades. 

From September 2015 the Academy will continue to report in all subjects at all Key Stages as below:


Year group 2015-16

Assessment

Yr 11

 

All subjects old legacy A* - G GCSE grades

Yr 10

English, English Literature and Maths new GCSE 9 - 1 grades

All other subjects old legacy A* - G GCSE grades

Yr 9

English, English Literature and Maths new GCSE 9 – 1 grades

All other subjects old legacy A* - G GCSE grades (includes Science) – no KS3 levels

Yr 8

English and Maths new GCSE 9 - 1 grades

All other subjects KS3 levels

Yr 7

English and Maths new GCSE 9 - 1 grades

All other subjects KS3 levels

 

If your son/daughter is in Yr 9 in September 2015 then please be aware that if they study Science, History, Geography, Spanish, French, RE, Art, Music, Drama, PE or Computer Science that this will be a reformed GCSE as well and hence given a 9 – 1 grade in Summer 2018 when students are awarded their GCSE, along with English, English Literature and Maths. However, due to the lack of confirmed information currently available with regards to the grading of these subjects, the decision has been made by the Academy to continue to grade with A* - G for  the first year and to then move to 9 – 1 for Yr 10 onwards, when such information is available.

As the Academy will only be reporting using the new 9 – 1 grades in English, English Literature and Maths from September, specific information relating to those subjects will be sent home in September.

The new grading structure is shown below