Assessment at St Gregory’s

Assessment at St Gregorys

Key Stage 3

At St Gregory’s we have been working hard to make our reporting system more comprehensive and encourage student aspiration. We have consulted with parents, carers, students and teachers and listened to the requests for a simpler form of reporting.

The new system will work on minimum target grades ensuring that students can always achieve at a higher level. Our aim is to further enhance the quality of teaching, learning and assessment so that our students make outstanding progress and have a strong foundation for achieving success at GCSE and A Level. The new system is:

  • aspirational and challenging while giving students a sense of achievement
  • a precise, concise and robust measure of student progress and attainment
  • able to give reliable information to parents/carers about how their child is performing

In line with best practice we will report to parents/carers four times a year.  This will consist of two snapshot reports, one full written report and one Parents’ Evening.  A snapshot report will give parents/carers the student’s minimum target grade for each subject, and their teacher’s informed assessment of your child’s progress towards their targets and records if they are working above, on or below their minimum target grade.

These grades have been devised to complement the new GCSE grades but do not give predictions for a student at GCSE.

Year 7 Grades will be from 0 to 5

Year 8 Grades will be from 0 to 7

Year 9 Grades will be from 0 to 9

We will be giving parents/carers a full explanation of our new reporting system at our Engagement Evenings.

Key Stage 4

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