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New GCSEs were introduced by the Government and were sat for the first time in the summer of 2017. GCSEs are now graded on a scale from 1-9: grade 9 being the highest, grade 1 being the lowest. At KS3, Fortismere now uses the 1-9 grading system in line with the new grades at GCSE. This means that students will hear the same assessment language throughout Key Stages 3 and 4.

The table below shows how the new 1-9 grading compares to the old grading:

GCSE Grades Comparison


Departmental Grade Descriptors

Each Department has defined the skills that will be covered at each grade. Please click on the subject below for more information.