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.
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.
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
It is the candidate's responsibility to read and understand the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) information notices below:
Coursework Information for Candidates
Information for Candidates - Non Examination Assessments
JCQ Social Media -Info for Candidates
On Screen Tests - Info for Candidates
Written Exams - Info for Candidates
Exam Key Dates & Timetables
Year 13 Internal Exam Timetable
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
1 Checklist Medicine Through Time
Drama PLC — Written Exam (Blood Brothers)
GCSE PE Target and Course Contents Sheet
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.
History — Medicine through Time
Maths PLC Autumn 1 Revision List Higher
Maths PLC Autumn 1 Revision List Intermediate
Maths PLC Autumn 1 Revision List Foundation
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