Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

All students study English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Philosophy and Ethics (previously RS), Computing, German, French, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education, and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE). In addition we run a programme of literacy support for identified students. Latin is available for students in Years 8 and 9 as an extracurricular session before school.


Grouping and Setting of Students in Key Stage 3


When they join the school all students are placed in one of 8 Tutor Groups. These groups consist of around 30 students and are carefully planned to ensure that the gender balance and the ability range reflects the profile of the year group. In addition, in Year 7, we ensure that groups contain a mix of students from different primary schools. These groups remain reasonably constant for the 5 years, allowing students to build good relationships with their peers and with their Tutor. Each Form Group is in one of 4 Houses (York, Tudor, Windsor, Stuart).


For teaching purposes, for the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, students are taught in one of 10 groups, such that the average class size is around 24 students.  For foundation subjects, students are taught in one of eight groups, with an average class size of 29.  Teaching groups are regularly reviewed throughout the course of the year to ensure that the dynamics of each are optimal for student learning. 


Teaching groups in Maths are arranged according to ability, with all other subjects taught in mixed ability. Again groups are reviewed on a regular basis and changes made where appropriate. The subjects where some setting occurs are:

During Year 9 students will make their GCSE choices. Full details of courses available can be found in the Options Booklet, released in February each year.


Assessment at KS3

From September 2016 the Department for Education (DfE) removed National Curriculum levels from schools.  Schools now have the autonomy to decide on their own in-school assessment system and how they wish to track and report achievement at Key Stage 3. Teddington School very much focuses on the skills and knowledge required at each stage of learning, and we report a student’s attainment by way of a band that they are on track to achieve at the end of the school year (launching, progressing, securing, mastery).  We also track and report progress (above, expected, below) recognising a student’s starting point and what they are on track to achieve.

Our assessment method complements regular book marking and feedback, tests and subject specific topic assessments given on a frequent basis. These all give our young people valuable advice about moving forward and their next steps to improve their learning.

When students arrive at Teddington School we use key data from primary schools together with our own internal  testing procedures (including CATs testing) against which each department can measure student progress.  Individual subjects (particularly those involved in practical and creative areas) may use internal assessments to reflect the abilities of students taking their particular subject, as these are more specific than Key Stage 2 English and Maths results.

This detailed analysis of students enables us to identify those who are making less than expected progress and helps us to target the appropriate level of support, as well as showing us those students who both meet and exceed their expected progress, and celebrating their success.

Students will be regularly assessed by staff and data is fed back centrally each term to individual departments, Subject Leaders, Heads of Year and those senior staff responsible for monitoring achievement at the Key Stage.  Parents will receive two formal written reports per year with an additional Parent Consultation Evening where student progress can be discussed with individual teachers. We hope that parents will find the new system helpful in seeing how your child is performing in specific areas of each subject, and our “next steps” written report will be valuable in focusing students on what they need to do to improve and move to their next stage of learning.

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