Key Stage 3
In year 7 and 8 pupils are taught in their mixed ability form groups in all subjects apart from Maths and English where they are set. In Year 9 pupils are set in RE, Maths, English and Science. Pupils choose their Key Stage 4 options at the end of Year 9.
Pupils have 50 lessons (1 hour) in a 2 week timetable with 5 hours a day and a 20 minute registration/assembly.
Subjects covered in Key Stage 3 include:
- French or Spanish
- Italian (Y9 only)
- IT/Computer Science
- Design and Technology (incl Food)
- Latin for Literacy
Pupils will also have reading lessons on a rolling programme.
In Key Stage 3, students are assessed using the SOLO (Structured Observation of Learning Outcomes) taxonomy. For each module of work, students are provided with descriptors of what is required to demonstrate a basic understanding and how to deepen their knowledge to progress their learning. Whether the standard of their work is unistructural, multistructural, relational or extended abstract, they know what the next step is to improve and demonstrate a deeper understanding. Departments use language tailored to their subject when discussing these standards with students.
Expected progress is measured and reported in ‘Gears’. 3rd gear denotes expected progress with 2nd gear below, 4th gear beyond expected and 1st gear a cause for concern, triggering intervention by the class teacher in the first instance.
The acronym SPADE is used to give feedback to students and ensure that they respond to feedback given. Strengths, problems and actions are fed back to students. They respond in developing their work. The teacher evaluates their improved version and /or their response to the feedback given.
Each year group has access to knowledge organisers for every subject. Pupils are encouraged to use these to prepare for assessments, exams and support home learning.