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Sir William Ramsay School

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Parental report clarification

Following on from the information sent to parents in the newsletter last academic year and for new parents, I would like to clarify the gradings on your son/daughter's recent progress report.

Dear Parent(s)

Following on from the information sent to parents in the newsletter last academic year and for new parents, I would like to clarify the gradings on your son/daughter's recent progress report.

We have moved to a GCSE grading system across Years 7 to 11 so that we have one system to help track the progress that your son/daughter is making.

The new 9-1 grading links very roughly to the old A*-G grades as follows:

Grade 9 - Top of the A*

Grade 8 - A*

Grade 7 - A

Grade 6 - Top two thirds of a B

Grade 5 - Bottom third of a B and top third of a C (The Government call this a "strong pass")

Grade 4 - Bottom two thirds of a C (The Government call this a "standard pass")

Grade 3 - D

Grade 2 - E

Grade 1 - F and G

School coding gives further detail of progress within a grade:

L means at the lower end of the grade

M means in the middle of the grade

H means at the higher end of the grade

BTEC grading is different and equates roughly to the 9-1 GCSE grades as follows:

P1 is a Level 1 Pass equivalent to a Grade 2

P2 is a Level 2 Pass equivalent to a Grade 4

Merit equivalent to a Grade 5/6

Distinction equivalent to a Grade 7

Distinction * equivalent to a Grade 8

BTECs require a consistent approach due to the proportion of coursework ongoing over the two years of studying the subject. The "Current grade" will level out during Years 10 and 11.

In Years 7 to 9, 9-1 grades are used and represent the skills, not the knowledge and understanding, that is required for particular subjects at GCSE. This means that there may be a dip in Year 10 initially when starting the new GCSE. Apart from this exception, "Current grades" should only increase, or stay the same, between reports unless there are exceptional circumstances in which case a phone call would be made home in advance of the report to explain.

Due to the new GCSE 9-1 system and lack of guidance nationally from examination boards over what criteria and level of answers are expected for each grade, we have been moderating with other local schools and external organizations to help ensure that we have an accurate assessment of each individual student’s current level.

Aspirational Target grades are set to be challenging but realistic and use your son/daughter's end of Year 6 SATs grade as a starting point. A flightpath tracker is used to monitor progress towards these aspirational targets on and all students have tracker sheets on the front of their exercise books. For Year 7, 8 and 9 these are end of year targets, for all other year groups it is a final target for the end of the course. The aspirational targets are challenging, but there is also no reason why your son/daughter cannot aim beyond them. This does happen and then the "Current grade" will be higher than the aspirational target to show this great achievement.

Currently, there is an ongoing review of the reporting procedure at Sir William Ramsay, including a working group from the Parent Council and you will see changes in future reports home. The grading system above will be the same.

Kind regards

Ms Holding

Assistant Headteacher