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Year 11 – The Final Countdown
Having been at TPS for just under a year now, it has been brilliant watching the current Year 11 grow in preparedness and confidence ahead of their final exams. They have just six short teaching weeks remaining before they start their written exams in the Sports Hall. This week we have seen the Art, Fashion and Photography exams taking place as well. The students in these subjects are required to design and create a final piece over a solid two-day session. The standard of the work created has been superb and I don’t envy the Art teachers having to make a judgement on just how good it all is!
The Year 11s have also just received their final Pre Public Examination (PPE or mock) results back from their other subjects. These are designed to simulate the summer exams as closely as possible in order to build their confidence and familiarity with the real papers. The students overall performed very strongly and it was obvious that they had worked very hard in the lead up to their PPEs. They were all very eager to know their grades and we held a special PPE results morning, again mimicking their real results morning in August. Those students who received three or more results on or above their target grade received the coveted TPS ‘gold star’ award. It was great to see the hard work pay off and the student’s success. As a school, we are incredibly proud of them all and we wish them the very best for their forthcoming exams!
Mr M P Marande
Changes to GCSEs
As you may be aware, the Government have changed the way that GCSEs are being graded from this year. Instead of A* to G grades, we will now have 1 to 9 (with 9 being the top grade). Very recently the Government also confirmed that a grade 4 will be a ‘standard pass’ (similar to the old grade C) and a grade 5 will be a ‘strong pass’.
There is a short video that explains the changes here -
and we’ve published the Government’s ‘GCSE grading postcard’ below.
New Grades Explained
- GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade.
- New GCSE content will be more challenging.
- Fewer grade 9s will be awarded than A*s.
- English Language, English Literature and Maths will be the first to be graded from 9 to 1 in 2017.
- Another 20 subjects will have 9 to 1 grading in 2018, with most others following in 2019. During this transition, students will receive a mixture of letter and number grades.
- The new grades are being brought in to signal that GCSEs have been reformed and to better differentiate between students of different abilities.
- In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, broadly the same proportion of students will get a grade 4 or above as would have got a grade C or above in the old system.
The breakfast of champions…