Assessment and Reporting
From September 2015 the government removed the system of using National Curriculum levels for assessment at Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9). The new National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stage 3 subjects do not include reference to a prescribed system of assessment and instead schools have been given the opportunity to decide for themselves how to measure progress and attainment at Key Stage 3.
PVS Assessment System
Following extensive research and consultation, Pewsey Vale School adopted a system whereby the same grading system used for GCSE assessment is used throughout the school including Years 7, 8 and 9. Currently, the grading system for most subjects is the traditional A*-G format, however this will change to number 1-9 grades for most subjects from September 2016 . We will continue to report traditional ‘letter’ grades where they are still relevant in some of the GCSE subjects.
Parents of students in Years 7, 8 and 9 should bear in mind that their children are now being assessed with the full rigour of the GCSE system from the start of Year 7. For this reason, their grades are likely to appear to be very low at first. For example, our highest attaining students joining us in Year 7 may achieve ‘D’ or ‘2’’ grades to begin with. They should not be daunted or demotivated by this. In fact, we believe it will give our students a clear picture of the incremental journey they should aspire to make between Year 7 and the all-important end of Year 11.
There will be four Assessment Points (AP’s) throughout the year to measure the progress of each year group and for each student.
Our approach is to use GCSE grade criteria to assess all pupils from Year 7 through to 11. The grade descriptors for each subject area can be accessed by clicking the links below. Where equivalent grades are given between new and old grading systems (e.g. linking old KS3 levels and new GCSE grades) they should be treated as approximate.