Following National Curriculum requirements, we teach a broad and balanced curriculum and aim to provide an interesting and stimulating educational experience to allow all pupils to fulfil their potential.
Every effort is made to identify each pupil’s abilities at the earliest stage possible. At this early stage, it is our aim to ensure that each pupil not only has their work ideally suited to their abilities but also the opportunities to forge ahead and discover their true potential physically, academically, emotionally and socially.
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Key Stage 3
At KS3, pupils study the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, RE, PE, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Computing & ICT , Art, Technology, Music, Drama.
Following a pupil’s acceptance of a place at Trinity Catholic College, careful consideration is given when placing them into a Tutor Group. Most subjects are taught in teaching groups with one or two of these groups being specifically for pupils requiring support with additional needs. The remaining groups will be of mixed ability although there may be times when very able pupils are also allocated to a single group.
Key Stage 3 Assessment (without National Curriculum levels)
Our assessment system at Trinity Catholic College is aimed at encouraging all students to achieve a sound understanding of what they have been learning before they move on to the next topic or area. We do not set a limit on achievement and believe effort and application combined with excellent teaching and assessment will allow all students to achieve their potential.
Here at Trinity we use ‘Progression Maps’, which clearly indicate what a student needs to achieve and how they will reach their target / next steps.
Students are placed on ‘Individual Flight Paths’, which carefully track back from GCSE to the point at which they are currently working.
We will continue to use a range of information from prior attainment/data from KS2, CATs scores, reading tests, baseline assessments within departments as well as qualitative information from our partner primary schools to set appropriate and challenging targets.
As National Curriculum levels are phased out at KS2, we will use the new format of testing to generate estimated GCSE grades. This information will be used to place students into four flight paths. For example:
|KS3 Flight Paths||KS2 Levels||GCSE (Current) Grades||GCSE (New) Grades|
|Extending||5B+||A* / A1||9-8|
|Secure||5C- 4B||A2 – B2||7-6|
|Developing||4C – 3B||B3 – C3||5-4|
|Foundation||3C – 2||D-G||3-1|
These flight paths will not necessarily be set in stone and may be adapted over the academic year; parents will be informed.
KS3 Curriculum Guides
KS3 Assessment Schedules
Key Stage 4
At Trinity we offer the following qualifications to pupils at Key Stage 4:
- OCR Nationals
Understanding the different qualifications
At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) all pupils study the core subjects together with the subject choices they make from a wide range of options. The core subjects include Religious Education, English (including English Literature), Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and a PSHCE Guidance Programme. Pupils may choose three subjects from our broad range. An increasing range of vocational subjects is offered at Key Stage 4 including Business Studies, Engineering, IMedia and BTEC Sport. More detailed information on optional subjects can be found from the individual subject pages.
New KS4 Grades
The government announced in early 2014 that GCSE’s and A-levels would be reformed beginning with English and Maths GCSE.
- they are more demanding
- they are designed for a two-year period of study
- they are linear, so students will take all of their exams at the end of the course
- non-exam assessment has been removed or reduced in the majority of GCSEs
- they have a new grading scale from 9 to 1
Further information can be found by searching “gcse and a-level reform’ at www.gov.uk or typing the following address into your search browser; www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/465873/your_qualification_our_regulation.pdf
Reference: “Your qualification, our regulation – GCSE, AS and A-level reforms in England”, Ofqual , 2015