GCSE grades to be used from 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

Your son/daughter’s latest monitoring report can now be accessed via our e-Portal website using the address:  https://eportal.whitbycc.co.uk/eportal/index.jsp and your personal login details.

As new GCSE grades will be used from 2017, we feel it would be helpful for you to have the following information with regard to the new number system.

GCSE grades to be used from 2017

From summer 2017 for English and Maths GCSEs, and from 2018 for most other subjects, the A*-G GCSE grades will be replaced by a number scale of 9 -1. (9 will be the highest grade and 1 the lowest.) The proportion of students nationally gaining at least a grade 4 will be roughly the same as those who currently gain at least a C in the past. Grade 5 is now seen as a ‘good pass’. The proportion of students nationally gaining at least a Grade 7 will be roughly the same as those who currently gain at least a Grade A. The new Grade 9 will be awarded to the top 20% of students gaining at least a Grade 7. The tables below show how the new GCSE grades relate to the old GCSE grades.

New GCSE Grade 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Old GCSE Grade G/F- F/E E+/D C C+/B- B/B+ A A+/A* A*
9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 U
4 = Pass

5 = Good Pass

      A*                    A B C    D         E         F          G U

Assessment and Reporting

Year 11
Students who started Year 7 in 2011 will continue to be assessed in the traditional GCSE grades from A*-G. There is no change in how we will report to parents in this year group.

Year 10
Students who started Year 7 in 2012 will continue to be assessed in GCSE grades A*-G in all their subjects except English and Maths. English and Maths assessments and reports will use the new 9 -1 grading system.

Year 9

Students who started Year 7 in 2013 will be assessed under the new 9 -1 grading system with the exception of a few subjects for which we are awaiting the reform of their GCSE specifications to be approved by Ofqual.

Years 7 & 8
Students who started Year 7 in 2014 or 2015 will be assessed in all subjects using our ‘Learning Capabilities, Literacy and Numeracy’ assessment system. They will also be assessed in their Ebacc* subjects using the new 9 -1 grading system. End of year target grades should act as a guide in terms of the progress that students should be making, to allow them to achieve their target grade at the end of year 11.

How do I know if my son/daughter is making progress?
The minimum expected grade a student should achieve by the end of Year 11 is complicated as it is based on the actual marks gained in the SATs taken at the end of Key Stage 2 rather than the level achieved. The table below provides a guide to the minimum expectation and is based on Key Stage 2 SATs Levels, for example a current Year 7 student who achieved a 4a at the end of Key Stage 2 will be expected to achieve at least a grade 5 at GCSE.

Key Stage 2 Level 3 4c 4b 4a 5c 5b 5a 6
New GCSE Target 3 4 4 5 6 7 8 9
Old GCSE Target D C C C+/B- B/B+ A A+/A* A*

I hope this clarifies the new system for you. I enclose a further page as a reminder of the Learning Capabilities criteria which we will be using for Years 7 and 8.

If you have any questions at all about the new system please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely
Mrs S J Jones
Assistant Principal – Assessment, Reporting and Recording

Learning Capabilities
*Ebacc (English Baccalaureate) subjects are: English, Maths, Science, Languages, History and Geography. 




Determined Learner
  • Is curious and wants to find out “why”.
  • Welcomes challenge.
  • Is positive and engaged in their learning.
  • Is curious.
  • Doesn’t give up.
  • Works to achieve personal goals/target.
  • Is motivated to be the best they can be.
Adaptable Learner
  • Can work independently and works things out for themselves.
  • Likes feedback from others to get better.
  • Actively makes changes to improve their learning.
  • Willing to learn in different ways in/out of the classroom.
  • Can work independently.
  • Can work well in a team.
  • Acts on feedback from others.
  • Learns from experience and mistakes.
  • Co-operative when working in a team.
  • Listens to others.
  • With guidance will improve their work.
Responsible Learner
  • Supports others and shares their learning.
  • Plans ahead to ensure a high standard of work.
  • Stays focussed and avoids disruptions.
  • Meets deadlines.
  • Practices to reach goals/targets.
  • Asks for help when they are stuck.
  • Is able to stay focussed with prompts. from an adult
  • Homework is completed with support when needed.
Caring Learner
  • Contributes positively to the wider community.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of how their actions impact on the future.
  • Listens to different opinions.
  • Shows understanding towards the needs and feelings of others.
  • Contributes positively to College.
  • Actively contributes to creating a positive learning environment.
  • Stays calm.
  • Shows respect for others’ opinions.
  • Respects their learning environment.
  • Contributes positively to their year group.
  • Values friendship.
  • Shows respect for cultural differences.
Self- reliant Learner
  • Evaluates their ideas.
  • Talks about their learning.
  • Asks for feedback.
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities.
  • Takes risks by trying new things.
  • Asks questions about their learning.
  • Communicates their learning to others.
  • Links learning between subjects.
  • When prompted, can talk about their learning.


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