KS3 Assessment and Curriculum Breakdown

One of the key changes in education over the last few years is the removal of levels as a method of assessment in Key Stage 1, 2 and 3. You may have seen this in your daughter’s final year at her primary school. Eltham Hill School has developed a system for assessment to support our vision to ensure all girls make the very best progress possible.

Where do we start? – Setting a baseline and a target

Your daughter sat three tests in numeracy, reading and spelling/grammar at the end of their time in Primary school. These three tests are combined and not only tell us where your daughter is starting her journey with us but are also a guide to the GCSE grades they may be expected to achieve in Year 11.

We will use this baseline and our high expectations for all students to set your daughter a challenging target. The targets and what they correspond to are detailed below.

TargetHow it corresponds to ‘Age related Expectations’Potential GCSE Grade
M - MasteryExceeding the age related expectationGrades 8 – 9 (A* - A)
S - SecureSecure in the age related expectationGrades 5 – 7 (B – C)
D - DevelopingDeveloping towards the age related expectationGrades 3 – 5 (D – E)
Teachers and students will have the opportunity in all lessons to work towards their target and beyond. Whatever their target, students are encouraged to aim for mastery in all subjects.

How are these targets used?

Perhaps the most important use is for teachers to ensure your daughter has work that is a challenge but still achievable based upon their target. Descriptions detailing how each target can be achieved in each topic in each subject can be reviewed in the links below.

Your daughter will also be able to use these descriptions and their target in class to ensure they are completing work that will stretch and challenge them.

Curriculum and Assessment Matrices

Year 7

Year 8