Reformed GCSE's for Years 7 - 11

15th September 2016

CHANGES TO KS3 AND 4 REPORTING FROM SEPTEMBER 2016


Reformed GCSEs will continue to be introduced gradually with wave 2 beginning in September 2016. They will be graded from 9 to 1 (P1 – P3 Pre-GCSE Scale), 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 2016 the Academy will continue to report in all subjects at all Key Stages as below:

 

Year group 2016-17

Assessment

Yr 11

 

English, English Literature and Maths (wave 1) - new GCSE 9 - P1 grades

All other subjects old legacy A* - G GCSE grades

Yr 10

English, English Literature and Maths (wave 1) and Art, Science, Drama, Food Geography, History, MFL (French/Spanish), Music, PE, Philosophy + Ethics, Computer Science (wave 2) - new GCSE 9 - P1 grades

All other subjects old legacy A* - G GCSE grades

Yr 9

English, English Literature and Maths (wave 1) and Art, Science, Drama, Food Geography, History, MFL (French/Spanish), Music, PE, Philosophy + Ethics, Computer Science (wave 2) - new GCSE 9 - P1 grades

All other subjects old legacy A* - G GCSE grades

Yr 8

All subjects new GCSE 9 – P1 grades

 

Yr 7

All subjects new GCSE 9 – P1 grades

 

 

In Years 7 and 8 - a current grade and expected end of year grade will be given.

In Years 9, 10 and 11 - a current grade and estimated end of KS4 grade will be given.

A pre-scale P1, P2, P3 will be used for students working below the new GCSE grade 1

A + and – will be used to indicate where in each grade a student is working.

 

If your son/daughter is in Yr 9 in September 2016 then please be aware that if they study a wave 3 subject (Business, Media, Film Studies, Sociology, Design Technology (not food)), then they will also be reformed GCSEs and hence given a 9 – 1 grade in Summer 2019 when students are awarded their GCSE, along with wave 1 and 2 subjects. 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.

 

The new grading structure and specific subject information for all wave 1 and 2 reformed GCSEs which indicate what a student needs to do to accomplish each grade and therefore also what they need to do to move up to the next grade can be found on the Academy website by clicking here.

 

Please be aware that our assessment policy to map the new grades has been derived in conjunction with the SPTA and has involved a working party of 25 senior leaders and 15 Heads of Department, but it is uncertain and subject to change as the government embeds and finalises its proposals. As always we will aim to predict summer results 2017 and 2018 as accurately as we can, but please be aware that actual clear definitions of what a new grade 4, 5 etc is just does not and will not exist until the first exams have been awarded in each subject.