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The new GCSE grades - a simple guide

Guidance on Grading 2016-17

Understanding the broad range of grades across Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level can be a challenge. Parents will receive progress updates in line with our reporting programme and may also log in to our Go 4 Schools system to access progress information on their children.

Please click here for a simple guide: New GCSE grades 1-9 coming soon.


Year 7

In Year 7, the following two types of grading are used:
1) Progress Grades – used to reflect whether your child is currently on track to achieve their GCSE target grade
2) Attitude to Learning grades – used to represent that attitude that your son / daughter is showing towards their learning, with a particular focus on effort, behaviour, home learning, organisation and attendance.


Years 8-13

In all other years, the following two types of grading are provided for each student in every subject:
1) Academic grades - used to reflect where your child currently is and where we think they can get to. Due to differing national requirements at each Key Stage, these grades vary from year group to year group.
2) Attitude to Learning grades – used to represent the attitude that your son / daughter is showing towards their learning, with a particular focus on effort, behaviour, home learning, organisation and attendance.

The guides below aim to provide you with simple details about what each grade means:

Guidance on Grading Year 7

Guidance on Grading Year 8

Guidance on Grading Year 9

Guidance on Grading Year 10

Guidance on Grading Year 11

Guidance on Grading Years 12/13