Curriculum

During the next academic year the academy will continue to implement a transitional assessment policy as new GCSE reforms are introduced.

Reformed GCSEs are being introduced in three waves. The first wave has certificated in Summer 2017 in English, English Literature and Maths. They are graded from 9-1, instead of A*-G. The second wave subjects that will certificate in Summer 2018 will include Art, Music, Drama, Geography, History, PE, Science (including Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Philosophy & Ethics, MFL (French & Spanish), Computer Science and Food Technology. All other subjects will certificate for the first time in Summer 2019.

The new GCSEs will be significantly more difficult as they have additional content and are primarily assessed by examination. A new grade 4 will be the new 'standard pass' level, which is equivalent to a legacy C grade. A new grade 5 will be considered a 'strong pass' which is equivalent to a legacy high grade C. Students awarded GCSEs in 2017 and 2018 will therefore receive a mixture of 9-1 and A*-G grades. The government have said that:

  • Approximately the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 4 and 7 or above as currently achieve a grade C and A or above
  • The bottom of grade 1 will be aligned with the bottom of grade G.
  • The top 2% of students will be awarded a grade 9.
From September 2017 the Academy will continue to report in all subjects at all key stages as below:
 

Year group 2017-2018

Assessment

Year 11

English, English Literature and Maths (Wave 1) and Art, Science, Drama, Food, Geography, History, MFL, Music, PE, Philosophy & Ethics, Computer Science (Wave 2) will be reported using the new 9-UP1 grades.

All other subjects old legacy A*-G GCSE grades.

Year 7-10

All subjects new GCSE grades 9-UP1

 
Specific information relating to the subjects that are awarding 9-UP1 grades will be available on the website in September for parents/carers information. Please click here for more details.
 
The new grading structure is shown below: