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Main School Curriculum

We are proud that our curriculum has breadth and balance ensuring that all pupils develop an understanding and appreciation of the Creative and Physical Arts, Technology, Computer Science, Humanities, and Modern Foreign Languages alongside the core subjects throughout Key Stage 3.

Our aim is that pupils maintain such balance into Key Stage 4, which enables them to specialise in a field of study when they go onto Sixth form, University, any further training and Employment.

We have a 3 year GCSE programme, starting in year 9 which is carefully selected and tailored to ensure all learners are catered for at all levels.

Background to Levels

On completing GCSEs at the end of year 11 a pupil is awarded levels from 1 to 9.

A level-4 is a pass, a level-5 (as described by the DfE) is a good pass. A level-8 is the equivalent of an A* whilst a level-9 puts the pupil in the top 4%.

There also a few subjects, usually BTEC, that have slightly different awards. They are PASS (equivalent to Level 4/5), MERIT(equivalent to Level 6) or DISTINCTION (equivalent to Level 7).

KS4 Assessment at Thomas More

When do we report?

A pupil’s teacher will report on where the pupil is currently working at using the new GCSE levels, and what the teacher expects the pupil may achieve at the end of year 11. The current working level will be based on a number of factors including regular internal assessments, classwork and homework. The predicted end of year 11 grade will be affected by factors including where a pupil is currently at, the expected amount of progress and the pupil’s ability & attitude to independent study.

Within a level we also have sub-levels so that we can determine between the top of a level (sub-level a) and the bottom of a level (sub-level c). For instance, a pupil working at the top of level 3 would be assessed as 3a, and they would expect to move onto a 4c next.

Teachers will also keep internally more detailed information on a pupil’s strengths and weakness within each subject. This information will be used to determine the pace of study and future areas to concentrate on.

KS3 Assessment at TMCS

When do we report?

For consistency and ease of monitoring we also level pupils in years 7 and 8.  However, progress in years 7 and 8 can be much slower than in the later years. A pupil would typically only be a level 2 or perhaps 3, by the end of year 8. Reporting using levels is for internal use within the school and we do not usually send their details to parents. Instead, parents find it more informative to report on whether expected progress is being made.

Teachers will also keep internally more detailed information on a pupil’s strengths and weakness within each subject. This information will be used to determine the pace of study and future areas to concentrate on.

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