Our Key Stage 3 curriculum in Years 7 and 8 is built upon a foundation of core knowledge and skills, providing our students with deep learning opportunities through a broad and balanced programme.

We believe it is crucial that our students grow up to be independent learners and so will encourage them to explore their thinking, and understand how they learn, within a curriculum which is relevant, engaging, creative and academically challenging.

Changes to Key Stage 3

The requirement for schools to use a levels system of assessing children at Key Stage 3 has been removed by the government. It is now up to the schools to come up with their own methods of assessing and tracking their pupils. Blacon High School is currently working on a new assessment model for Key Stage 3 that will be introduced in the summer term.

If you have any further questions or would like more information about any of the subjects below please call 01244 371 475 and ask to speak to the Head of Department for the subject you are enquiring about.

In Years 9, 10 and 11 all students take GCSE courses in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and continue to study Biology, Physics and chemistry in preparation for either the single, double or triple award. Students continue to follow a course in Religious Education, Physical Education and take part in a PSHE programme.

There is an opportunity for students to take part in a variety of optional GCSE and BTEC courses, or to follow a vocational programme of study.

In Years 9, 10 and 11 English, Mathematics and Science students are grouped according to ability. All other subjects are taught in mixed ability groups.

If you have any further questions or would like more information about any of the subjects below please call 01244 371 475 and ask to speak to the Head of Department for the subject you are enquiring about.

In summer 2017, students' GCSE English and GCSE Maths exam results will be graded from 9 - 1 instead of from A* - G. From summer 2019, all GCSE subjects will be graded this way.

Why is the current system changing?

The new GCSEs, which will begin teaching in September 2015, are intended to be more challenging.

The changes to the grading system will help to provide more differentiation between the highest and lowest performing students, and the standard for a 'good pass' is slightly higher than before.

How does the numerical system work?

We currently have eight grades and when the new grading is introduced we will have nine, with grade 9 bring the best available grade. How will the new system correlate to the old one?

The new system allows for greater differentiation, having nine numerical grades in place of eight letter grades

The new numbered grades will not translate directly from the old grades A* - G, but we do know that approximately the same proportion of students who currently achieve:

grade A or higher will receive a grade 7 or higher

grade C or higher will receive a grade 4 or higher

Grade 9 will be a new grade for very high performing students, to be set as the top fifth of the current A grades

Grade 5 will be the benchmark for a 'good pass'

The bottom of grade 1 will be the same as the bottom of grade G