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Banding System

In the last week of Term 2 students were issued with their data capture sheet. For parents of students in Year 7 this may have been the first time you have seen the banding system used at Bradon Forest School. Students at Bradon Forest have been graded using a banding system instead of levels since 2014. This follows the Government’s scrapping of the National Curriculum levelling system and the introduction of the new GCSE bands. The banding system we are using at Bradon Forest School is based on the new 1 - 9 bands which will be used to grade Maths and English GCSEs from 2017 and most other subjects from 2018. The diagram attached to this bulletin shows the link between the new band system and the old levels.
Students have been set targets based on the grades they achieved at KS2 in their Maths and English SATS. In some cases these targets may be considerably higher than their working at grade. This may be because it is a subject that they previously did not study extensively at primary school, such as D&T, Languages or Music. Additionally we have set targets based on their eventual GCSE target, and expect them to make one band of progress each year. So for example a student with a Band target of 4 in Year 7, would be expected to achieve a Band 8 at GCSE, (A* in the old system).
If you have any questions regarding the data capture sheets please contact your child’s tutor, or Mr Heathcote, Assistant Headteacher.