Years 9 , 10 and 11
Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are following the new AQA linear GCSE specification (9-1) with first teaching in September 2015. Students' progress is closely monitored by teacher's assessments of both class and homework and also by using three internal school tests during the academic year. These are on the topics covered so far and then students will sit a full mock exam during Year 11. The final GCSE grade is solely based on their performance in the GCSE exams at the end of Year 11. There are two tiers of entry; Foundation (Grades 1 - 5) and Higher (Grades 4 - 9) with 1 being the lowest grade and 9 the highest grade. Students will be entered for the tier most appropriate for their ability and each consists of three written papers that are each 1 hour 30 minutes long. Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper and Papers 2 and 3 are with a calculator.