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New GCSE Grade structure


What do End of GCSE Targets mean at Key Stage 3?

On a Key Stage 3 report students receive an end of GCSE target for each subject. This is a GCSE grade 9-1 and is based upon their Key Stage 2 attainment. A rough guide to this is displayed in the table below.


KS2 Levels KS3 Thresholds GCSE Targets
New Old
110+ 5a+ Excel 8-9
100-110 5


86-100 4 Aspire 4-5
<86 2-3 Grow 1-3



What do the fine grades mean at Key Stage 4 and 5?

At Key Stage 4 and 5 an end of course prediction is given by the class teacher. This is based upon the student continuing to work as they are at the moment. These grades are fine grades and indicate how strong a grade the student is likely to achieve.

For Example:

5-: the teacher believes the student could achieve a low grade 5.

5 : the teacher believes the student will achieve a middle grade 5.

5+: the teacher believes the student will achieve a high grade 5.


If a student exceeds their target at any time throughout KS3 or KS4, their target is automatically increased.


Attitude to Learning

Students also receive an attitude to learning grade from A to E (A being the highest, E the lowest) input by class teachers at each data collection.


A – Outstanding effort, better than expected progress is being made this year.

B – Good effort, therefore good progress is being made this year.

C- Attitude is no concern but more effort could be made.

D –There is a concern, if this continues it will impact on progress.

E – Serious concern significantly impacting on progress.



A guide to parental reports
“Excellent feedback, we’re very happy with progress so far”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
"The reward and behaviour system is clear, well enforced and has positive results!"
- Parent
"An inclusive school that is focused on providing the best education for its students"
- Prospective Parent
“Excellent facilities, improving school”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Very impressed with the sports facilities"
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
“Impressed with the consistent enthusiasm of the teaching staff when discussing feedback”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
"Staff are passionate and committed to developing and improving"
- Parent
"Pupils look smart and are well engaged in their lessons"
- Prospective Parent
“I especially liked the Science and Maths departments”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
“Driven leadership, confident pupils. Staff friendly and open to discussing subjects and needs of my child”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Fantastic student ambassadors who are a credit to the school."
- Prospective Parent
"Strong leadership and motivation with an emphasis on progress"
- Parent
“Welcoming staff, friendly, confident students and excellent facilities”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
“Great facilities. Dedicated and enthusiastic staff”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Safe, Supportive, Diverse"
- Local Authority Representative
"A great learning environment; light, bright and spacious classrooms, clean and well organised."
- Prospective Parent
“Great opportunity to meet staff and gain greater depth of my child’s achievement”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
“Clean, bright, vibrant learning space”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"I am so pleased with the School Gateway app. Every day I can see any achievement and behaviour points my daughter gets and she knows that I’ll discuss it with her; it encourages her to do well."
- Year 8 Parent
"An open and welcoming atmosphere - very useful being allowed to look at teaching and learning"
- Prospective Parent
“It was good to speak to his form tutor and hear about what is happening in class”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
“Friendly staff, well-behaved kids”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"I applaud the focus on rewarding good behaviour. My son feels appreciated and recognised at Allerton Grange; we're all so proud."
- Year 8 Parent