Key Stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9

Students will follow national guidelines throughout Key Stage 3 to support and prepare them for their Key Stage 4 courses. The school operates a banding system of 1-9 (9 being the highest band). Students will be given a target based upon their Key Stage 2 scores and baseline assessments on arrival at Edgbarrow. The band they are awarded at the end of the Key Stage is intended to be indicative of the grade they may achieve at GCSE.

The majority of subjects are taught by mixed ability, however, there are settings in Maths, Science, and Languages. We use a range of data to assist in the tracking and monitoring of students progress and to assist in the setting. These include Key Stage 2 performance and expected levels of progress.

FOR YEAR 7 ONLY: We have recently changed the way in which we track progress in Key Stage 3. The new format is currently in operation with Year 7 only. In each individual subject, students are given one of three progress bands: foundation, intermediate and higher. These bands are based upon Key Stage 2 scores, as well as evidence gathered by class teachers. Throughout Key Stage 3, students will be judged to be meeting, exceeding or below expectations for their given band. The headline criteria for each of these bands can be found below. More information about the new banding format will be given to Year 7 parents well in advance of the first Student Progress Report, which is sent to parents at the beginning of February.    Select this link to view the Year 7 Assessment and Reporting Evening webinar held on the 22nd November 2023.

Further details about each subject can be found using the links below. Please also refer to the Key Stage 3 assessment maps which detail how each department will assess students against the bands to track and report to parents.


Design & Technology



Modern Foreign Languages



IT & Computer Science



Physical Education

Religious Studies



OFQUAL Guide - new GCSE grading structure

Key Stage 3 Study Skills Evening Presentation


Year 9 GCSE Options 2024-2026

Please use the links below for further Options information.

Options Evening Presentation Jan 2024

GCSE Options Booklet

Curriculum Pathways

English Baccalaureate (EBACC)

GCSE Certificate

Vocational Qualifications

GCSE Information


 Any questions with regards to the Curriculum at Edgbarrow School,
please do not hesitate to email