Assessment at Wye School

Over the past few years, there have been a number of changes to the way that student progress and achievement is assessed. These have been national changes including the abolishing of National Curriculum levels and the introduction of new GCSE grades. 

In the summer of 2017, year 11 pupils were awarded a new GCSE number grade in English and Maths for the first time. The new GCSE number grading system runs from 1-9 with 9 being the highest grade. This replaces the old A*-G system. An approximate conversion table for these grades is below.

Assessment at Wye School is used to check how students are currently doing, to predict how they are likely to do, to work out what we need to do to help them get better final outcomes. As National Curriculum grades have been abolished, we use the new 1-9 grades from years 7-11. We ensure that our curriculum and our assessment system are aligned and we plan our provision backwards from GCSE requirements to create a 5-year pathway to these very important exams.

The targets we set students are ambitious and challenging; our intention is that every student will work towards hitting these and if they achieve this, they are guaranteed to outperform their peers nationally and be well established for sixth form choices and their next steps.

Below is a more detailed explanation of how we use assessment to help our students do well and how our assessment system works. 

Targets and Grading

Pupils’ baseline KS2 scores are converted to a predicted new GCSE number. This conversion is based on the proportions of pupils who achieve each grade at KS2 compared to the proportions at GCSE.

These grades are age-related grades. They refer to a pupil’s position in the performance distribution for their age group. These grades do not tell you what a pupil would get if they took a GCSE at that moment in time. So, for example, if a pupil gets a grade 9 in Summer of Year 7, it means we think they are performing as well as could be expected for their age group. It does not mean that they could get a 9 if they sat a GCSE examination at that point.

In order to make sure these grades are as robust as possible, we moderate within the network, use shared assessments, and reference externally wherever possible. Where this is not possible, students will be given one of the following grades: above target, on target, approaching target or below target. If a student is approaching target, it would suggest that they are making average progress in that subject.

  • Targets are aspirational. They are designed to stretch and challenge all students.
  • You can get a grade 9 in year 7 – but it means something different from a grade 9 in year 11.
  • Assessments get harder from term to term and year to year, so that a grade 6 in year 11 represents a higher standard than a grade 6 in year 8.


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