Learning and Teaching

Data Check and Assessment

Data Check and Assessment

Over recent years the DfE have removed the requirement for schools to use prescribed ‘levels’ to reflect attainment and progress, this is to allow schools to develop their own approach.

At THS we have come up with an assessment system that:

  • Shows progress.
  • Gives regular feedback to parents.
  • Translates into meaningful grades.
  • Leads eventually to GCSE grading.
  • Is easy to understand.

At KS3 grades will build towards the new GCSE grading system of 1-9 (with 9 being the highest). At KS4, using KS3 grades as a stepping stone, grades will align with full GCSE grades and subject assessment objectives. These assessment objectives are the criteria that are used by the examination boards to award GCSE grades.

Click here to watch our guidance video to understand KS3 reports

Click here to watch our guidance video to understand KS4 reports

We have produced a written guide to help parents to understand their child’s reports. Please click on the written guide to access this information.

Parent Guide to understanding your child’s data check

GCSE Factsheet

As you may or may not be aware GCSEs in England have changed in recent years. The courses and exams have been changed to ensure that young people have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. The new GCSEs will ensure that students leave school better prepared for work or further study. They cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in the strongest performing education systems elsewhere in the world. Below are some key pieces of information for you to consider regarding your child’s GCSEs and grading in light of these changes.


Old Grades 9-1 Grades BTEC OCR Nationals
A* 9    
8 *2 *2
A 7 D2 D2
B 6    
C 5 Strong Pass M2 M2
4 Standard Pass P2 P2
D 3   D1
E 2   M1
F 1 P1 P1