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Key Stage 3

KS 3 Banding and Assessment

Students follow the National Curriculum in the Lower School.

Students are placed into curriculum blocks and groups to best support their learning and progress. Students’ grouping is varied, below is a diagram to show the organisation of the blocks and groups.

Year

Eng Band (En/Fr/Gg/Hi)

Maths band (Co/Ma/Sci)

Arts Band (Cz/Mu/Pa/Rd/Re)

Technology

PE

7

Mixed Ability

Ability Banding

Mixed Ability

Mixed Ability

Mixed Ability

8

Mixed Ability

Ability Banding

Mixed Ability

Mixed Ability

Ability Banding

9

Ability Banding

Ability Banding

Mixed Ability

Mixed Ability

Ability Banding

We aim to keep group sizes as close to 30 students as possible, especially in practical subjects like Science, Computing and PE. In Technology we try to keep the group size as close to 20 as we are able.

Student progress is assessed using KS3 grades which range from WT –> 7 (NB - WT stands for Working Towards a KS3 grade).

KS3 grades :

  • are NOT the same as GCSE grades because students follow a KS3 programme of study not a KS4 Curriculum.
  • show that pupils have reached a GCSE standard in terms of skills, not what they would be likely get in terms of a grade were they to sit the exam, as they would not have been taught the content.
  • are NOT the equivalent of the ‘old’ KS3 SAT level.
  • indicate the eventual KS4 grade the student will be expected to achieve if they continue to make the same rate of progress through each year and work to their full potential.

e.g a student attaining a KS3 grade 2 in Year 8 will be expected to attain a grade 5 at GCSE or better.

The KS3 grades can be:

  • a ‘full grade’ (e.g 5) where most of the assessment criteria has been met
  • a ‘grade +’ (e.g. 5+) where all the assessment criteria are met
  • a ‘grade –‘(e.g 5-) where some of the assessment criteria are met