Key Stage 3 Overview
The curriculum in KS3 has some key guiding principles:
- Recognise and build on the KS2 curriculum and therefore maximise learning in KS3
- Ensure students are adequately prepared for success in KS4 and beyond
- Ensure students are able to have the necessary skills to access the curriculum in KS4 and beyond such as adequate levels on literacy, numeracy, independence and extended writing
- Ensure the curriculum gives students opportunities for further engagement both inside and outside of school
- Ensure the needs of Devizes School students in the ever changing world in which we live are continued to be met
- Ensure students in Year 7 are supported in the transition from primary to secondary
- Ensure that PP students are supported to succeed in the curriculum
This is achieved in a number of ways with a flexible nurture group formed for students with low levels of literacy and students who may find transition difficult. There is also a flexible high ability group which is formed around greater challenge and potential for the Ebacc route.
Click Here for KS3 Curriculum Provision September 2018
Assessment at Devizes School
Assessment in years 7-11
All students are now being assessed using the Devizes School life beyond levels assessment criteria.
Key assessments and exams will be graded on the new GCSE 9-1 scale (9 is the highest grade which approximately 3% of students will achieve nationally, 1 is the lowest grade representing a pass at GCSE) Please see the DFE document detailing how the new GCSE grades relate to the previous A*-G system by following this link:
The grade a student receives is called the predicted grade and indicates the grade that a students is expected to achieve at the end of year 11 if they continue to make progress as they have done. This is no guarantee that they will achieve this grade and there is a good chance that the final grade achieved could be higher or lower than the grade depending on their progress and commitment between the assessment being reported and the final exams.
This system has been introduced to both reflect the removal of national curriculum levels and to better guide staff, parents and students on the achievement path a student is on.
Predicted grades will be reported in progress sheets and Progress Review Day reports, all of which will be uploaded to Go 4 Schools
Grades used in reporting will be used in the form of fine grades, this simply uses a + or - after the grade to indicated how secure the grade is. For example.
7.+ this indicates that the predicted grade for a students is a grade 7, the .1 highlights that fact that this is a secure 7 grade.
7 this predicted grade is a 7 but it is not secure, ie there is a chance the student could achieve the grade below
7- this predicted grade is a 7 but it is very insecure and there is almost an equal chance that the grade obtained could be the grade below, in this case a 6.
There are also other qualifications studied at KS4 and they use the following assessment scheme:
L2D*, L2D, L2M, L2P, L1P, F
Distinction* is the highest level awarded followed by Merit and then Pass. A level 2 Pass (L2P) is a higher level of attainment than a level 1 Pass (L1P). Again each of the grades is divided into 1,2 and 3, to indicate how secure the grade is, with 1 being the most secure.
Assessments in Year 12 and 13.
We continue to use the A*-E grading in the sixth form, again grades that are communicated are predicted grades based upon students current performance.