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Key Stage 3 Reporting

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I interpret the report?

An overview of KS3 Levels

Students in Y7 and Y8 are being assessed using our new AGGS Levels. Levels are given a number, 1 (lowest) through to 8 (highest), with some subjects also recording exceptional performance (EP) awarded for outstanding attainment exceeding Level 8. Most students will start at level 1 at the start of Y7 and move through the scale during Key Stage 3. These numeric levels are further broken down by the letter c, b or a. The number refers to the level a pupil is working at according to criteria set out in each subject area. The letter refers to whether a pupil is;

– Moving into this level (c)

– Working solidly at this level (b)

– Moving out of this level towards the next level (a).

All students will complete baseline tests at the start of Y7 in each subject. This will determine their starting point and will define their target levels for each of Y7, 8 and 9. We are expecting students to make progress at a different rate to that of the ‘old style’ NC levels, and as such, students will be expected to make 5 sub-levels of progress in each year of Key Stage 3.

KS4 Grades

For science and maths subjects, where the GCSE courses begin in Year 9, their assessments will appear as a GCSE grade equivalent.



What assessment is carried out at the start of KS3?

Students who enter the school at the start of KS3 are given a baseline test in each subject area. This is a test which is designed by each subject area to gauge the ability of the student in their subject, upon entry to the school. Further information about these tests can be accessed through the KS3 subject information pages opposite.



What information is included in the reports?

Autumn & Spring Term

Student progress is reported as a letter to indicate whether the students is making expected progress (E), below expected progress (B) or above expected progress (A). Students are also assigned an ‘Attitude to Learning’ grade on a 3 point scale, the definitions of which are below;

1 – Engaged and motivated in lessons and displays a positive attitude to learning. 2 – Occasionally off task with a lack of engagement at times. 3 – A consistent lack of engagement and focus.

In some case, students may also find they have an ‘O’ in the organization column of the report. This indicates that the subject teacher has raised a concern regarding the student’s organization. This might be a concern regarding homework, or regularly forgetting the correct equipment or PE kit.

During the spring term, you are invited to an evening meeting with subject teachers to discuss progress.

End of Year Report

A full written report on pupils’ progress for the year in each subject is available on SIMS parent. This includes a comment from the form tutor. You will also receive an end of year attainment level for each subject. By comparing this with the baseline level which you received at the start of Year 7, you should be able to monitor progress throughout the Key Stage.