Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


In order to prepare our students for the rigor of GCSE Examinations in Year 11, each year group will take an end of term exam in each subject throughout the academic year. Not only do these help students learn the procedures and protocols of sitting important tests, but it also provides valuable information for further study, revision and intervention. Alongside the Academy's data collection process, the results of these exams assist both teacher and parent gain a better understanding of each student's current learning and a student report is produced.

Year 11 will sit one set of formal mock examinations, which will take place from 11-22nd January 2021, these will inform students and parents of how much progress each student is making, and allow for targeted teaching and intervention to ensure every student succeeds

To support Year 11 over the coming months, the Academy will provide additional study and revision workshops, which will be timetabled into the student’s timetable within the Academy day. There will also be online, “live” intervention which will not be compulsory, but students will be encouraged to attend, in order to give them the extra academic help they need prior to taking their GCSEs. 

GCSE Exams 2020-21

Each Year 11 student will receive a personalised timetable listing the exams they have been entered for.

If you have any queries over exam arrangements for 2020-21, please contact either Mr Saltzman, Head of Year 11 in the first instance via email or by calling the academy on 023 8032 8128.

If you require any further support regarding your child in Year 11, please talk to your Tutor or your KS4 Pastoral Leader Ms Harvey.

Should you have any subject specific questions about exams or assessments and need to contact any member of staff, particularly subject specific teachers, please visit the 'Meet the Staff' section of our website.

How does the new GCSE assessment system work?

Many of you will know that the courses and exams for GCSE students were recently changed. The reason is to ensure that young people have the knowledge and skills they need to suceed and be graded fairly. They cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in the strongest educational systems throughout the world.

  • GCSEs in England will have a new scale from 9 (the highest) to 1 (the lowest)
  • The old GCSE grading system do not directly compare, however alignments can be made between the letters A*-F and the Scale 9-1
  • They have been designed this way to differentiate between student performance, and support those students who sit at the top of their grade banding

Please see this short video from AQA to help you understand how the grade system translates.

What is Progress 8?

From 2016 all students and schools will be measured on how much progress they make from when they start year 7 to when they complete their exams at the end of year 11. It is based on progress across 8 subjects across a broad and balanced curriculum.

Scores will always be determined by dividing the student's points total by 10 (the 8 qualifications with English and Mathematics counting for double) regardless of how many qualifications are sat.

Below is a 3 minute video from the DfE to help explain Progress 8 further.


What is Attainment 8?

Attainment 8 is similar to Progress 8, however this measures attainment rather than progress accross the years over the same 8 subjects.