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    Assessment Ladders at KS3

    In this section of the website, you have access to the Assessment Ladders  for each subject at KS3:

    Art, Citizenship, Computing, Drama, English, Food Technology, Geography, Graphics, History, Mathematics, MFL, Music, PE, RE, Science Textiles.

    Each Assessment Ladder has a description of the skills, knowledge and understanding expected at each point on the Assessment Ladder. 

    All the Assessment Ladders are based on the new National Curriculum for KS3 and have taken into consideration the progression to the new GCSEs currently being implemented in Years 10-11 with the grading system 9-1 replacing A*-G.

    We have a cycle of review and revision, therefore all Assessment Ladders may be subject to modification as we go into the new academic year.

    As a point of reference, the average 11 year old nationally might expect to be assessed at Point 2.  The equivalent of a D/low C grade GCSE would be Point 4, and Point 5 is expected to be the new National benchmark from 2018 replacing the C grade at GCSE.

    Here at St Bernard’s High School we expect students to make 3-4 points of progress between entry at Year 7 and GCSE at Year 11.

    ‘When you are at school you do not realise what an impact your education will have on your life and the places it will take you.  St Bernard’s was a big part of my foundations.  If you have strong solid foundations, you can build anything you want, knock it down and re-build something new if you desire.  However, without good foundations, you will not build anything at all.’

    — Zoe Upson