Somervale School

Assessment Towers

How will we assess you at KS3?
  • New GCSE grades will now be used in KS3 to report your attainment, instead of Levels.   

  • These GCSE grades will now be in the form of 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 & 1, with 9 as the highest grade, and a 5 equivalent to a high C.

  • We will use the letters ‘a’, ‘b’, & ‘c’ to further divide these number grades, with ‘a’ showing you are at the ‘top end’ of the grade, ‘b’ showing you are in the ‘middle’ of the grade, and ‘c’ showing you are at the ‘lower end’ of the grade.

  • The ‘old style’ GCSE grades  of A*to G will no longer be used in exams.  This will mean that you will be able to see what you are achieving  in terms of a new GCSE outcome. 


The table below shows you how the new GCSE grades compare to old GCSE grades, or KS3 levels.

The ATTAINMENT of students at the END of each year will be reported using the following terms:
  • Exceeding Age-Related Expectations

  • Meeting Age-Related Expectations

  • Developing towards Age-Related Expectations

‘Age-Related Expectation’ means what we expect students in that Year group to achieve by the end of the year. This will show you whether you are ‘exceeding’, ‘meeting’, or ‘developing towards’ what we expect  for that year group.

If you stay within a band     for the whole of KS3, Then you will be …..

Making expected progress  to achieve your Year 9 target


This is because the work in this band gets harder with each year.

We will use T+ / T / T– to show the progress you are making:

T+ Above expected progress being made - you are now working in a higher band.

T  Making expected progress— you are working in the same band.

T-  Below expected progress—you work is now at a standard lower than expected, in a lower band.

Your PROGRESS will be measured throughout the year, and also with an End Of Year Exam. These regular assessments and exams will also help us work out your ATTAINMENT against Age-Related Expectations.

You will have a Year 9 Target, which will be based on their KS2 results, the professional judgement of their primary school teachers, and the work you complete in the first term at Somervale School.