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Assessment in Years 7 to 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, and 1 is the lowest grade, representing a pass at GCSE). Please see the DFE document below which details how the new GCSE grades relate to the previous A*-G system.

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.


Fine Grades

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+ indicates that the predicted grade for a students is a grade 7, the + highlights that fact that this is a secure 7 grade.
  • 7 predicted grade is a 7 but it is not secure, I.e. there is a chance the student could achieve the grade below.

7- 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.


Other Qualifications

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.


Examination Information for Parents and Students 2019/20

JCQ Documents

It is the candidate's responsibility to read and understand the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) information notices below:

Coursework Information for Candidates Download
Information for Candidates - Non Examination Assessments Download
JCQ Social Media -Info for Candidates Download
On Screen Tests - Info for Candidates Download
Privacy Notice for Candidates Download
Written Exams - Info for Candidates Download

Exam Key Dates & Timetables

Year 13 Internal Exam Timetable Download
January Public Exams Timetable Download
Exams Key Dates 2019/20 Download

Year 11 Exam Revision Checklists

This is a list of exam preparation checklists for all exam-based subjects in year 11. Encourage your son or daughter to print these out and rate their confidence on each key aspect. Students should then target those areas that they feel least confident in first, remembering not to overlook the areas they have more confidence in.

PLCs Y11 AQA Food Preparation & Nutrition Download
Hegarty Maths PLC Intermediate Download
Hegarty Maths PLC Foundation Download
Hegarty Maths GCSE PLC Higher Download
Child Development PLC Download
Year 11 Geography Mock Exam Download
Geography Exam PLCs Download
AQA Religious Studies 2017 PLC Download
1 American West Checklist PLC Download
1 Checklist Medicine Through Time Download
1 Germany Checklist Download
1 Henry VIII PLC Checklist Download
Art & Photography PLC Download
Drama PLC — Written Exam (Blood Brothers) Download
AQA Biology Paper 1 Download
AQA Biology Paper 2 Download
AQA Chemistry Paper 1 Download
AQA Chemistry Paper 2 Download
AQA Trilogy Chemistry Paper 1 Download
AQA Trilogy Chemistry Paper 2 Download
AQA Trilogy Physics Paper 1 Download
AQA Trilogy Physics Paper 2 Download
AQA Trilogy Biology Paper 1 Download
AQA Trilogy Biology Paper 2 Download
AQA Physics Paper 1 Download
AQA Physics Paper 2 Download
GCSE PE Target and Course Contents Sheet Download
AQA Spanish GCSE PLC Download
AQA French GCSE PLC Download

Year 10 Exam Revision Checklists

This is a list of exam preparation checklists for all exam-based subjects in year 10. Encourage your son or daughter to print these out and rate their confidence on each key aspect. Students should then target those areas that they feel least confident in first, remembering not to overlook the areas they have more confidence in.

Biology — Organisation Download
Biology — Cell Biology Download
Chemistry — Chemical Changes Download
Chemistry — Bonding Download
Chemistry — Atomic Structure Download
Child Development Download
DT RM Download
English Language & Literature Download
Geography Download
History — Germany Download
History — Medicine through Time Download
Maths PLC Autumn 1 Revision List Higher Download
Maths PLC Autumn 1 Revision List Intermediate Download
Maths PLC Autumn 1 Revision List Foundation Download
Physics — Energy Download
Physics — Electricity Download
Preparation for Working Download
OCR PE Download

Internal Mock Exam Dates 2019/20

  • Year 11 Mock Exams - 05/11/2019 - 15/11/2019 Main Hall, Small Hall, A1
  • Year 13 January Exams - 27/01/2020 - 05/02/2020 Main Hall, Small Hall, A1
  • Year 10 Mock Exams - 26/02/2020 - 04/03/2020 Main Hall, Small Hall, A1
  • Year 9 Exams - 16/03/2020 -20/03/2020 Main Hall, Small Hall, A1
  • Year 12 Exams - 30/04/2020 - 07/05/2020 Main Hall, Small Hall, A1
  • Year 7 Exam Week - 01/06/2020 - 05/06/2020 In classrooms
  • Year 8 Exam Week - 08/06/2020 - 12/06/2020 In classrooms
  • Year 12 Re-sit Exam Week - 22/06/2020 - 26/06/2020 In classrooms

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