Skills for Life
KS3 is an extremely significant time in the development of children both academically and pastorally. Students and parents experience many changes during these three years, including: the transition from primary school to secondary school, the students’ growth into being mature students, and the journey to choosing their GCSE options at the end of Year 9.
Years 7, 8 and 9 are an important time for our students to begin laying the foundations for academic success at KS4, therefore with schools no longer having to report on National Curriculum Levels we want to ensure that parents have a clear understanding of how their son/wards are performing across the curriculum. We have taken the opportunity to design a new reporting system that we feel provides this clarity and transparency for our parents and students, so everyone is fully aware of what progress is being made.
At KS3, students will receive 3 progress reports per year: term 1, term 3 and term 6. These reports contain information regarding academic progress (whether students are working above, below or at an expected level), attitude to learning, and attendance.
All students in KS3 will also sit formal exams in English, Maths, Science, Computing, History and Geography in January. These scores are reported formally, along with the average score and top 10% score in the year group, for each subject. For every other subject, you will receive an attitude to learning grade.
It is important to note that literacy and numeracy play a key role in our curriculum, therefore you will also receive information regarding your son/ward’s:
- Reading age
- Maths age
- Spelling score
- Reading speeds
The greatest change relates to the grading and the progress tracking system itself. In designing a new system we wanted to develop one with four main principles. We wanted a system that is:
- simple to understand
- allows teachers to make accurate and meaningful judgements about progress
- sets the expectation that students should make at least good progress compared to their starting points
- clearly shows when students are displaying their Skills for Life in lessons
If you have any question regarding your son/ward’s progress, please do hesitate to contact:
Mrs C Bennett (Assistant Headteacher and Raising Standards Leader for KS3): firstname.lastname@example.org
Your son/ward’s Form Tutor: email addresses can be found here
Your son/ward’s Head of Year:
- Miss Murphy (Head of Year 7) (email@example.com)
- Mr McGregor (Head of Year 8) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mrs Littlemore (Head of Year 9) (email@example.com)
Below, you will find links which go through specific parts of the reporting system: