Key Stage 3

Years 7-9

Key Stage 3

Pupils have discrete lessons in English, Maths, Science, MFL, Humanities (Geography, History and Philosophical Thinking), Design & Technology, PE, Art, Drama, Music and Computing.

Subjects allocations at Key Stage 3 (years 7 to 9):

English, Maths

4 hours per week

Science, MFL, Humanities

3 hours per week


2 hours per week

Art, Drama, Music, Computing

1 hour per week

PSHE is delivered by tutors through a ‘rolling’ programme across the timetable so the timing of each session will change each week, with all pupils experiencing PSHE at the same time, allowing for a more cohesive programme.

The assessment system at Key Stage 3 is based upon the new GCSE numerical grading structure that has been introduced as part of a far-reaching national reform of GCSE qualifications.

Pupils have been set a numerical target band (from 1 to 9) for each of their subjects, and a starting point based on their prior attainment.  This target band relates to the expected numerical grade that the pupil has the potential to achieve at GCSE at the end of Year 11.  Personalised ‘flightpaths’ for each pupil, in each of their subjects, have been generated from their starting point towards their target band.  Similar to the old National Curriculum levels, there are 3 sub-grades within each band: a, b and c (with ‘a’ representing the top of the band).  Pupil progress can be tracked by comparing the expected progress at any point along the flightpath with the pupils’ actual attainment.


In the above example, a pupil starting at 3a would be expected to attain 4b by the end of Year 7 to be on track to achieve their target band at the end of Year 11.  Comparing the example pupil’s actual attainment to their expected progress flightpath, they would have been below track at the end of Year 7 initially, but then on or above track from midway through Year 8 onwards.

Pupils’ target band and ‘end of year expected progress’ grade will be noted in each subject’s exercise book.  Pupils will also record ‘milestone’ assessments in a progress tracker in the front of each book, including comments on ‘what went well’ and ‘how to improve’ their work further.

There are three review points during the year, where pupils and parents will be provided with a report, outlining pupil progress compared to expected attainment, in each of their subjects; pupils will either be below, on or above track.  The target bands should not been seen by pupils as a limit on what they can achieve and at each reporting point, teachers will provide written curricular targets to inform pupils how they can move towards the next band.

For more information on individual subjects please see the links on this page, or contact the relevant curriculum leader.

Last Updated: 2nd October 2017