Skip to content ↓

Assessment

Assessment

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

The 1-9 grades are fine-graded (similar to National Curriculum levels having a, b and c) as:

b

beginning

d

developing

s

secure

e

expert

So, for example, a 3b would be grade 3 beginning.

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.