KS3 & 4

Your teachers over key stages 3 & 4 will assess your work in a range of ways such as:  listening to the answers that you give in class or to your contributions in group/paired discussions, marking work done in your exercise books or through tests and assessments done after a series of lessons.  All pupils in Year 9 will sit an end of year exam based on poems studied from the EDUQAS Poetry Anthology.  In Year 10 you will sit three examinations.  Each one mirrors a GCSE exam paper.  Your first exam will be in December, then March and a final one in May.  These exams will not only measure your progress, but will also teach you invaluable exam technique.  Year 11 you will sit mock examinations in December and trial examinations in March. All KS4 exams will be graded with 1-9 grades and you will be given the opportunity to review them in detail so you can build on successes and seek support for areas of concern.

Your GCSEs are assessed in a very specific way which is outlined below.

English Language GCSE

100% exam assessment – two exam papers.

Component 1

  • 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing
  • Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 40% of qualification

Component 2

  • 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing
  • Written examination : 2 hours
  • 60% of qualification

Spoken Language

  • Non-exam assessed – not a factor in overall English Language grade
  • A solo presentation given in class
  • Students receive a Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction
English Literature GCSE

100% exam assessment – two exam papers.

Component 1

  • Shakespeare (Macbeth) and EDUQAS Poetry Anthology
  • Written examination: 2 hours
  • 40% of qualification

Component 2

  • Post-1914 Drama (Blood Brothers), 19th Century Prose (A Christmas Carol) and Unseen Poetry
  • Written examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • 60% of qualification