Assessment at St Gregory’s

Assessment at St Gregorys

Since September 2014 National Curriculum Levels have ceased to be used nationally. The new measures of “Attainment 8” and “Progress 8” place a focus on progress from KS2 to KS4, with a much freer rein for schools to track at KS3.

In line with primaries and some other secondary schools, we have chosen words to best represent progress made. These are: DEVELOPING, SECURE and EXTENDING. Targets are set for each student using the KS2 scores.


Approximate Old level equivalent: 3-4 5-6 7-8
Dev Dev * Sec Sec * Ext Ext *
Approximate GCSE prediction 1,2 3 4 5 6, 7 8,9
Bloom’s Taxonomy Links Remembering and Understanding Application and Analysing Evaluating and Creating


Those who have not yet developed in a subject (e.g. a student studying a new language for the first time) would be classified as BEGINNING and those who have far exceeded the Ext* would be classified as EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE.

Each faculty will use the strands from the National Curriculum and skills in their subjects to decide what is assessed and what corresponds to the descriptors.


New specifications are now in place for all GCSE subjects. They are all graded on the 1 – 9 scale – see OfQual for more details.


At Key Stage 3 students are taught in mixed ability classes for most subjects. Setting is used in Maths for Years 7, 8 and 9. English will have the independence to decide groupings in Years 8 and 9 and Science will set in Year 9 only.

At Key Stage 4 Maths and English have complete freedom to set students by ability in their subject. Other subjects use a combination of mixed ability and setting, depending on options groups.

For further information on Curriculum and Assessment at St Gregory’s, click here